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Great Pyramid of Ghizeh from the Aspect of Symbolism and Religion (Paperback, illustrated edition): Frances W. Chapman Great Pyramid of Ghizeh from the Aspect of Symbolism and Religion (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Frances W. Chapman
R640 Discovery Miles 6 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Houses in Graeco-Roman Egypt - Arenas for Ritual Activity (Paperback): Youssri Ezzat Hussein Abdelwahed Houses in Graeco-Roman Egypt - Arenas for Ritual Activity (Paperback)
Youssri Ezzat Hussein Abdelwahed
R660 Discovery Miles 6 600 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines different forms of ritual activities performed in houses of Graeco- Roman Egypt. It draws on the rich archaeological record of rural housing and evidence from literature or papyrological references to both urban and rural housing. The introduction critically considers the literature relevant to the topic in order to identify the research gap. Chapter I attempts to reconstruct the structure of urban and rural houses in Graeco- Roman Egypt in the light of papyri and archaeology. This aims to establish the physical and spatial framework for the rituals considered in the following chapters. In line with this reconstruction of domestic properties is the reconstruction of the architectural layout and use of the domestic pylon in Chapter II. Chapter III deals with two rituals enacted before the front door of the house, namely the sacrifice of fish on the 9th of Thoth and the sacrifice of pigs on the 15th of Pachon. Chapter IV considers the ritual of the illumination of lamps for the goddess Athena-Neith within and around houses on the 13th of Epeiph. Chapter V highlights the use of the house as an arena for social types of rituals associated with dining, birthdays, the mallokouria, the epikrisis, and marriage. Chapter VI explores the religious sphere of houses, which is obvious from domestic shrines, wall paintings with religious themes, and figurines of Egyptian and Graeco-Roman deities uncovered from houses. The last chapter deals with mourning rituals, which the house occupants performed after the demise of their beloved animals, such as dogs, and their family members. In the conclusion, I summarize my work and draw out its implications, suggesting that the house was the locus of social, religious, and funerary rituals in Graeco-Roman Egypt.

The History of Ancient Palestine from the Palaeolithic Period to Alexander's Conquest (Paperback, New edition): G.W.... The History of Ancient Palestine from the Palaeolithic Period to Alexander's Conquest (Paperback, New edition)
G.W. Ahlstrom; Volume editing by Diana Vikander Edelman
R1,421 Discovery Miles 14 210 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this magisterial work the history of the peoples of Palestine from the earliest times to Alexander's conquest is thoroughly sifted and interpreted. All available source material-textural, epigraphic, and archeological-is considered, and the approach taken aims at a dispassionate reconstruction of the major epochs and events by the analysis of social, political, military, and economic phenomena. The book, chronologically structured, is indispensable for the study of the Hebrew Bible and of the ancient Near East.

A History of the Pharaohs (Paperback): Arthur E. P. Brome Weigall A History of the Pharaohs (Paperback)
Arthur E. P. Brome Weigall
R893 Discovery Miles 8 930 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The career of Arthur Weigall (1880-1934) encompassed Egyptology but also stage design, film criticism and journalism, as well as fiction and books about ancient Egypt. After studying in Germany, he worked at Abydos with Flinders Petrie, but in 1905 he was unexpectedly promoted to Chief Inspector of Antiquities for Upper Egypt, when Howard Carter was forced to resign. His work in Egypt, especially in the area of Luxor, focused on the conservation of monuments and the prevention of the shipping of artefacts abroad, until 1911, when he returned to London. In the preface to this two-volume work, published in 1925, Weigall likens the writing of a history of Egypt to the piecing together of a jigsaw puzzle consisting of thousands of pieces, but presents a chronological narrative at a level to satisfy both the scholar and the interested amateur. Volume 2 covers the period from the twelfth to the mid-eighteenth dynasty.

Composite Artefacts in the Ancient Near East - Exhibiting an imaginative materiality, showing a genealogical nature... Composite Artefacts in the Ancient Near East - Exhibiting an imaginative materiality, showing a genealogical nature (Paperback)
Silvana Di Paolo
R635 Discovery Miles 6 350 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Composite Artefacts in the Ancient Near East: Exhibiting an imaginative materiality, showing a genealogical nature' examines the complex relationship between environment, materials, society and materiality with particular reference to the composite artefacts in the ancient Near East. On the one hand are the objective and natural attributes of materials, possibly exalted from their transformation: a form of fascination immanent in all kind of technical activity which promotes the transition from the ordinary into an 'extra-ordinary' realm, imbuing the object with new meaning. On the other hand is the idea that properties of materials are not fixed attributes of 'matters', but are processual as well as relational: the qualities of artefacts are subjective and are included in the worldview of artisans making them, as well as in the mind of who observes who appreciate them. Thus, the craftsmanship is oriented towards the achievement of sophisticated products through assemblage techniques and the blending of contrasting properties and qualities of materials. The term 'composite' is a combination of the power of technology and the ability to form new images: the strict relationship between creativity, technology and manufacture produces novel interactions and solutions. Although the primary concern of this volume is to provide specific case studies in which theoretical assumptions and hypotheses can be applied to the ancient evidence, most of the papers take not only the general perspective, such as the relationship between materials and humans, but also a defined body of evidence - material, textual and visual through which they address the issue. This volume represents a first attempt to conceptualise the construction and use of composite artefacts: the richness of approaches, the development of new issues depending on specific case studies, and the overturning of widely accepted ideas, show the interest towards this category of objects and the opportunity to enlarge this field study in the future.

Akhenaten: King of Egypt (Paperback, New Ed): Cyril Aldred Akhenaten: King of Egypt (Paperback, New Ed)
Cyril Aldred
R816 R674 Discovery Miles 6 740 Save R142 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The revolutionary cult of sun-worship that Akhenaten introduced, and such contentious issues as the role of Nefertiti as a goddess, the dominant part played by plague during Akhenaten's reign, and likely events of the king's twilight years are treated with new insight and set within the framework of an authoritative overview of the entire period.

Sepphoris II - The Clay Lamps of Ancient Sepphoris (Hardcover): Eric Lapp Sepphoris II - The Clay Lamps of Ancient Sepphoris (Hardcover)
Eric Lapp
R1,580 R1,237 Discovery Miles 12 370 Save R343 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sepphoris was an important Galilean site from Hellenistic to early Islamic times. This multicultural city is described by Flavius Josephus as the "ornament of all Galilee," and Rabbi Judah the Prince (ha-Nasi) codified the Mishnah there around 200 CE. The Duke University excavations of the 1980s and 1990s uncovered a large corpus of clay oil lamps in the domestic area of the western summit, and this volume presents these vessels. Richly illustrated with photos and drawings, it describes the various shape-types and includes a detailed catalog of 219 lamps. The volume also explores the origins of the Sepphoris lamps and establishes patterns of their trade, transport, and sale in the lower city's marketplace. A unique contribution is the use of a combined petrographic and direct current plasma-optical emission spectrometric (dcp-oes) analysis of selected lamp fabrics from sites in Israel and Jordan. This process provided valuable information, indicating that lamps found in Sepphoris came from Judea, the Decapolis, and even Greece, suggesting an urban community fully engaged with other regional centers. Lamp decorations also provide information about the cosmopolitan culture of Sepphoris in antiquity. Discus lamps with erotic scenes and mythological characters suggest Greco-Roman influences, and menorahs portrayed on lamps indicate a vibrant Jewish identity.

Travels and Researches in Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Chaldea, and Armenia (Paperback): William Ainsworth Travels and Researches in Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Chaldea, and Armenia (Paperback)
William Ainsworth
R834 Discovery Miles 8 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The surgeon William Ainsworth (1807-96) acted as the geologist of the 1835 Euphrates Expedition, his account of which is also reissued in this series. Great interest was aroused by the scientific and archaeological findings of that journey, and a further expedition was funded, ostensibly to make contact with the Nestorian Christians of the region, but covertly to make further mineralogical investigations. Ainsworth was the leader of the expedition, and his two-volume account was published in 1842. Starting from Istanbul in 1839, Ainsworth took a route through Asia Minor, northern Syria, Kurdistan, Persia and Armenia, returning to Istanbul in 1840. The expedition was regarded as unsuccessful, as Ainsworth had massively overspent the budget originally allotted by the sponsors, and his secret activities were discovered by the Ottoman authorities, but the work remains a vivid account of the area. Volume 2 describes the journey through Armenia, and the return via Trebizond.

Competitive Archaeology in Jordan - Narrating Identity from the Ottomans to the Hashemites (Paperback): Elena Dodge Corbett Competitive Archaeology in Jordan - Narrating Identity from the Ottomans to the Hashemites (Paperback)
Elena Dodge Corbett
R655 R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Save R118 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An examination of archaeology in Jordan and Palestine, Competitive Archaeology in Jordan explores how antiquities have been used to build narratives and national identities. Tracing Jordanian history, and the importance of Jerusalem within that history, Corbett analyzes how both foreign and indigenous powers have engaged in a competition over ownership of antiquities and the power to craft history and geography based on archaeological artifacts. She begins with the Ottoman and British Empires-under whose rule the institutions and borders of modern Jordan began to take shape-asking how they used antiquities in varying ways to advance their imperial projects. Corbett continues through the Mandate era and the era of independence of an expanded Hashemite Kingdom, examining how the Hashemites and other factions, both within and beyond Jordan, have tried to define national identity by drawing upon antiquities. Competitive Archaeology in Jordan traces a complex history through the lens of archaeology's power as a modern science to create and give value to spaces, artifacts, peoples, narratives, and academic disciplines. It thus considers the role of archaeology in realizing Jordan's modernity-drawing its map; delineating sacred and secular spaces; validating taxonomies of citizens; justifying legal frameworks and institutions of state; determining logos of the nation for display on stamps, currency, and in museums; and writing history. Framing Jordan's history in this way, Corbett illustrates the manipulation of archaeology by governments, institutions, and individuals to craft narratives, draw borders, and create national identities.

Rise of the Hyksos - Egypt and the Levant from the Middle Kingdom to the Early Second Intermediate Period (Paperback):... Rise of the Hyksos - Egypt and the Levant from the Middle Kingdom to the Early Second Intermediate Period (Paperback)
Anna-Latifa Mourad
R1,358 R1,252 Discovery Miles 12 520 Save R106 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Manetho's obscure reference to a race of invaders has been a constant source of debate and controversy. But who are these invaders? They are named the 'Hyksos' - a Greek modification of the Egyptian expression HqA xAs.wt 'ruler of foreign lands'. The Hyksos are correlated with the Fifteenth Dynasty of the Second Intermediate Period, a time characterised by the destabilisation and regionalisation of the Egyptian state. Several scholars have pondered over their victory and rule in Egypt, from the manner in which they entered Egypt and the means with which they claimed the throne to their final expulsion from the land. This book assesses their rise to power, exploring the preliminary stages that enabled the Hyksos to gain control over a portion of Egyptian territory and thus to merit a small mention in Manetho's history.

Royal Statues in Egypt 300 BC-AD 220 - Context and Function (Paperback): Elizabeth Brophy Royal Statues in Egypt 300 BC-AD 220 - Context and Function (Paperback)
Elizabeth Brophy
R1,055 R980 Discovery Miles 9 800 Save R75 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The aim of this book is to approach Ptolemaic and Imperial royal sculpture in Egypt dating between 300 BC and AD 220 (the reigns of Ptolemy I and Caracalla) from a contextual point of view. To collect together the statuary items (recognised as statues, statue heads and fragments, and inscribed bases and plinths) that are identifiably royal and have a secure archaeological context, that is a secure find spot or a recoverable provenance, within Egypt. This material was used, alongside other types of evidence such as textual sources and numismatic material, to consider the distribution, style, placement, and functions of the royal statues, and to answer the primary questions: where were these statues located? What was the relationship between statue, especially statue style, and placement? And what changes can be identified between Ptolemaic and Imperial royal sculpture? From analysis of the sculptural evidence, this book was able to create a catalogue of 103 entries composed of 157 statuary items, and use this to identify the different styles of royal statues that existed in Ptolemaic and Imperial Egypt and the primary spaces for the placement of such imagery, namely religious and urban space. The results, based on the available evidence, was the identification of a division between sculptural style and context regarding the royal statues, with Egyptian-style material being placed in Egyptian contexts, Greek-style material in Greek, and Imperial-style statues associated with classical contexts. The functions of the statues appear to have also typically been closely related to statue style and placement. Many of the statues were often directly associated with their location, meaning they were an intrinsic part of the function and appearance of the context they occupied, as well as acting as representations of the monarchs. Primarily, the royal statues acted as a way to establish and maintain communication between different groups in Egypt.

Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis - Thebes, Karakhamun (TT 223), and Karabasken (TT 391) in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty... Tombs of the South Asasif Necropolis - Thebes, Karakhamun (TT 223), and Karabasken (TT 391) in the Twenty-fifth Dynasty (Hardcover)
Elena Pischikova
R1,371 R1,256 Discovery Miles 12 560 Save R115 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume is the first joint publication of the members of the American-Egyptian mission South Asasif Conservation Project, working under the auspices of the State Ministry for Antiquities and Supreme Council of Antiquities, and directed by the editor. The Project is dedicated to the clearing, restoration, and reconstruction of the tombs of Karabasken (TT 391) and Karakhamun (TT 223) of the Twenty-fifth Dynasty, and the tomb of Irtieru (TT 390) of the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, on the West Bank of Luxor.
Essays by the experts involved in the excavations and analysis cover the history of the Kushite ruling dynasties in Egypt and the hierarchy of Kushite society, the history of the South Asasif Necropolis and its discovery, the architecture and textual and decorative programs of the tombs, and the finds of burial equipment, pottery, and animal bones.

The Naos of Amasis - A Monument for the Reawakening of Osiris (Hardcover): Dr. Marco Zecchi The Naos of Amasis - A Monument for the Reawakening of Osiris (Hardcover)
Dr. Marco Zecchi
R2,511 Discovery Miles 25 110 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt (Paperback): Dee L Clayman Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt (Paperback)
Dee L Clayman
R787 R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 Save R49 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Berenice II (c. 264-221 BCE), daughter of King Magas of Cyrene and wife of Ptolemy III Euergetes, came to embody all the key religious, political, and artistic ideals of Ptolemaic Alexandria. Though she arrived there nearly friendless, with the taint of murder around her, she became one of the most accomplished and powerful of the Macedonian queens descended from the successors of Alexander the Great. She was at the center of a group of important poets and intellectuals associated with the Museum and Library, not the least of which was Callimachus, the most important poet of the age. These men wrote poems not just for her, but about her, and their eloquent voices projected her charisma widely across the Greek-speaking world. Though the range of Berenice's interests was impressive and the quantity and quality of the poetry she inspired unparalleled, today she is all but known. Assimilating the scant and scattered evidence of her life, Dee L. Clayman presents a woman who was more powerful and fascinating than we had previously imagined. Berenice II and the Golden Age of Ptolemaic Egypt offers a portrait of a woman who had access to the cultural riches of both Greece and Egypt and who navigated her way carefully through the opportunities and dangers they presented, ultimately using them to accrue unprecedented honors that were all but equal to those of the king.

Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile and Beyond (Paperback, Annotated edition): Geoff Emberling, Suzanne Davis Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile and Beyond (Paperback, Annotated edition)
Geoff Emberling, Suzanne Davis
R896 R794 Discovery Miles 7 940 Save R102 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Das Agyptische Alte Reich - Diskussionen Zur 'ereignisgeschichte' Der 3. Bis 6. Dynastie (German, Paperback): Vera... Das Agyptische Alte Reich - Diskussionen Zur 'ereignisgeschichte' Der 3. Bis 6. Dynastie (German, Paperback)
Vera Blumenthal
R1,613 R1,420 Discovery Miles 14 200 Save R193 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Holy Places in Biblical and Extrabiblical Traditions - Proceedings of the Bonn-Leiden-Oxford Colloquium on Biblical Studies... Holy Places in Biblical and Extrabiblical Traditions - Proceedings of the Bonn-Leiden-Oxford Colloquium on Biblical Studies (Hardcover)
Ian Boxall, Hywel Clifford, Megan Daffern, Axel Graupner, Dominik Markl, …
R1,020 R870 Discovery Miles 8 700 Save R150 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt - Image and Ideology before the New Kingdom (Hardcover): Laurel Bestock Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt - Image and Ideology before the New Kingdom (Hardcover)
Laurel Bestock
R3,129 Discovery Miles 31 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt examines the use of Egyptian pictures of violence prior to the New Kingdom. Starting with the assertion that making and displaying such images served as a tactic of power, related to but separate from the actual practice of violence, the book explores the development and deployment of this imagery across different contexts. By comparatively utilizing violent images from a variety of other times and cultures, the book asks that we consider not only how Egyptian imagery was related to Egyptian violence, but also why people create pictures of violence and place them where they do, and how such images communicate what to whom. By cataloging and querying Egyptian imagery of violence from different periods and different contexts-royal tombs, divine temples, the landscape, portable objects, and private tombs-Violence and Power highlights the nuances of the relationship between aspects of royal ideology, art, and its audiences in the first half of pharaonic Egyptian history.

The Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara - The Mother of Apis Inscriptions (Paperback, New): H.S Smith, Carol A. R.... The Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara - The Mother of Apis Inscriptions (Paperback, New)
H.S Smith, Carol A. R. Andrews, Sue Davies
R1,121 R1,036 Discovery Miles 10 360 Save R85 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Mother of Apis inscriptions (534-41 BC), found in 1966-71 in and outside the Mother of Apis Catacomb at North Saqqara by the Egypt Exploration Society, comprise the stelae and graffiti of the masons who constructed the catacomb and of the priests who oversaw the work and conducted the burial and other rituals for the cows. The texts include genealogies of the masons and some accounts of their work and rations. As well as their scientific importance for the understanding of Egyptian sacred animal cults, social life and chronology, they have a strong human interest. This study includes transliterations, translations and explanatory notes on all the texts found, together with commentaries and indexes. This book contains Volume I: The Catalogue and Volume II: Commentaries and Plates.

Papyri from Karanis - The Granary C123 (Hardcover): Arthur Verhoogt, Graham Claytor Papyri from Karanis - The Granary C123 (Hardcover)
Arthur Verhoogt, Graham Claytor
R2,202 R1,999 Discovery Miles 19 990 Save R203 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Papyri from Karanis: The Granary C123 is the twenty- first volume of University of Michigan papyri and the fourth devoted to texts from the University's excavations at Karanis. The volume offers a contextualized edition of thirty-seven documents found in a single structure, a large granary (C123) originally built in the first century CE, in addition to an analysis of the archaeology and history of the structure. The documents are presented with an introduction, transcription of the original Greek or Latin, translation, commentary, and images. A unique community prayer to the emperor and gods (827) is the volume's most notable contribution. The other papyri are a mix of private and public documents (petitions, declarations, letters, lists, etc.) that date from between the first century BCE and the fourth century CE. The typological and chronological mix of texts shows that they do not form an undisturbed archive but were rather a dump of wastepaper and other household objects. Michigan's excavated papyri are here presented for the first time on the basis of their archaeological find spot rather than being organized according to content. The volume's introduction provides a possible model for analyzing legacy data from the Karanis excavations stored at the University of Michigan. The book will be of interest to papyrologists, ancient historians, and archaeologists of Greco- Roman Egypt.

The Hieroglyphics of Horapollo Nilous - Hieroglyphic Semantics in Late Antiquity (Hardcover): Mark Wildish The Hieroglyphics of Horapollo Nilous - Hieroglyphic Semantics in Late Antiquity (Hardcover)
Mark Wildish
R2,953 Discovery Miles 29 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The main aim of this book is to reconstruct a philosophical context for the Hieroglyphica of Horapollo, a late 5th century Greek study of hieroglyphic writing. In addition to reviewing and drawing on earlier approaches it explores the range of signs and meanings for which Horapollo is interested in giving explanations, whether there are characteristic types of explanations given, what conception of language in general and of hieroglyphic Egyptian in particular the explanations of the meanings of the glyphs presuppose, and what explicit indications there are of having been informed or influenced by philosophical theories of meaning, signs, and interpretation.

Understanding Lithic Recycling at the Late Lower Palaeolithic Qesem Cave, Israel - A functional and chemical investigation of... Understanding Lithic Recycling at the Late Lower Palaeolithic Qesem Cave, Israel - A functional and chemical investigation of small flakes (Paperback)
Flavia Venditti
R1,014 Discovery Miles 10 140 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Flakes, and small flakes in particular, are usually seen as by-products or debris of the knapping process, rather than as desired end-products with a specific potential use. In recent years, this particular category of small tools has attracted increasing interest among researchers, especially when focusing on technological aspects in Lower Palaeolithic contexts, while the functional role of these tools is still poorly investigated. 'Understanding Lithic Recycling at the Late Lower Palaeolithic Qesem Cave, Israel: A functional and chemical investigation of small flakes' examines Late Lower Palaeolithic Qesem Cave, Israel, where a particular lithic trajectory directed towards the production of small flakes by means of recycling and exploiting old discarded flakes as cores has been recognised. The high density of this production throughout the stratigraphic sequence of the cave demonstrates that this was a conscious and planned technological choice aimed at providing small and sharp items to meet specific functional behaviours, and that this lithic behaviour persisted for some 200 kyr of human use of the cave. The exceptional conservation of use-wear signs and residues has made it possible to reconstruct the functional role of this specific production system, highlighting its specialised nature mostly related to the processing of the animal carcasses through accurate and careful actions and in a very specific way. The application of functional analysis based on the determination of wear on artefacts by means of optical light microscope, scanning electron microscopy and chemical analysis (FTIR and EDX), provides a useful and effective approach for understanding the adaptive strategies of the Qesem Cave hominins while facing various situations and solving different needs.

In Search for Aram and Israel - Politics, Culture, and Identity (Hardcover): Omer Sergi, Manfred Oeming, Izaak J. de Hulster In Search for Aram and Israel - Politics, Culture, and Identity (Hardcover)
Omer Sergi, Manfred Oeming, Izaak J. de Hulster
R3,227 R2,924 Discovery Miles 29 240 Save R303 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
One God - One Cult - One Nation - Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives (Hardcover): Reinhard G Kratz, Hermann Spieckermann One God - One Cult - One Nation - Archaeological and Biblical Perspectives (Hardcover)
Reinhard G Kratz, Hermann Spieckermann; Contributions by Tanja Pilger, Bjorn Corzilius
R3,766 R3,042 Discovery Miles 30 420 Save R724 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Recent archaeological and biblical research challenges the traditional view of the history of ancient Israel.This book presents the latest findings of both academic disciplines regarding the United Monarchy of David and Solomon ('One Nation') and the cult reform under Josiah ('One Cult'), raising the issue of fact versus fiction. The political and cultural interrelations in the Near East are illustrated on the example of the ancient city of Beth She'an/Scythopolis and are discussed as to their significance for the transformation in the conception of God ('One God'). The volume contains 17 contributions in English by internationally eminent scholars from Israel, Finland and Germany.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs in the Late Antique Imagination (Hardcover): Jennifer Taylor Westerfeld Egyptian Hieroglyphs in the Late Antique Imagination (Hardcover)
Jennifer Taylor Westerfeld
R1,416 R1,279 Discovery Miles 12 790 Save R137 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Throughout the pharaonic period, hieroglyphs served both practical and aesthetic purposes. Carved on stelae, statues, and temple walls, hieroglyphic inscriptions were one of the most prominent and distinctive features of ancient Egyptian visual culture. For both the literate minority of Egyptians and the vast illiterate majority of the population, hieroglyphs possessed a potent symbolic value that went beyond their capacity to render language visible. For nearly three thousand years, the hieroglyphic script remained closely bound to indigenous notions of religious and cultural identity. By the late antique period, literacy in hieroglyphs had been almost entirely lost. However, the monumental temples and tombs that marked the Egyptian landscape, together with the hieroglyphic inscriptions that adorned them, still stood as inescapable reminders that Christianity was a relatively new arrival to the ancient land of the pharaohs. In Egyptian Hieroglyphs in the Late Antique Imagination, Jennifer Westerfeld argues that depictions of hieroglyphic inscriptions in late antique Christian texts reflect the authors' attitudes toward Egypt's pharaonic past. Whether hieroglyphs were condemned as idolatrous images or valued as a source of mystical knowledge, control over the representation and interpretation of hieroglyphic texts constituted an important source of Christian authority. Westerfeld examines the ways in which hieroglyphs are deployed in the works of Eusebius and Augustine, to debate biblical chronology; in Greek, Roman, and patristic sources, to claim that hieroglyphs encoded the mysteries of the Egyptian priesthood; and in a polemical sermon by the fifth-century monastic leader Shenoute of Atripe, to argue that hieroglyphs should be destroyed lest they promote a return to idolatry. She argues that, in the absence of any genuine understanding of hieroglyphic writing, late antique Christian authors were able to take this powerful symbol of Egyptian identity and manipulate it to serve their particular theological and ideological ends.

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