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Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology - A Book by Book Guide to Archaeological Discoveries Related to the Bible... Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology - A Book by Book Guide to Archaeological Discoveries Related to the Bible (Hardcover)
J. Randall Price, H. Wayne House
R785 R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 Save R163 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology is a reference resource for anyone interested in archaeology and its relevance to biblical, theological, and apologetic studies. Illustrated with full-color photos, charts, and maps, this handbook provides readers with a wealth of information that complements and supplements the historical context of the Bible. The Zondervan Handbook of Biblical Archaeology includes an introduction to the field of archaeology for readers who might not be familiar with the methods, practices, and importance of this area of study. Included in this section is an annotated bibliography of important biblical archaeological reports, books, and journal articles for further study. The rest of the handbook is devoted to a book-by-book (Genesis through Revelation) presentation of the most significant archaeological discoveries that enhance our understanding of the biblical text, including a section on the intertestamental period. A rich array of visual images including photos of excavations sites, coins, maps, artifacts, and historic structures allows readers to immerse themselves in the world of the Bible. This monumental work gives readers the opportunity to visit ancient sites and historical places while remaining in the comfort of their own home.

Discovery at Rosetta - Revealing Ancient Egypt (Paperback): Jonathan Downs Discovery at Rosetta - Revealing Ancient Egypt (Paperback)
Jonathan Downs
R424 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1798, young French general Napoleon Bonaparte entered Egypt with a veteran army and a specialist group of savants-scientists, engineers, and artists-his aim being not just conquest, but the rediscovery of the lost Nile kingdom. A year later, in the ruins of an old fort in the small port of Rosetta, the savants made a startling discovery: a large, flat stone, inscribed in Greek, demotic Egyptian, and ancient hieroglyphics. This was the Rosetta Stone, key to the two-thousand-year mystery of hieroglyphs, and to Egypt itself. Two years later, French forces retreated before the English and Ottoman armies, but would not give up the stone. Caught between the opposing generals at the siege of Alexandria, British special agents went in to find the Rosetta Stone, rescue the French savants, and secure a fragile peace treaty. Discovery at Rosetta uses French, Egyptian, and English eyewitness accounts to tell the complete story of the discovery, decipherment, and capture of the Rosetta Stone, investigating the rivalries and politics of the time, and the fate of the stone today.

A Wonder to Behold - Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate (Hardcover): Anastasia Amrhein, Clare... A Wonder to Behold - Craftsmanship and the Creation of Babylon's Ishtar Gate (Hardcover)
Anastasia Amrhein, Clare Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Knott
R1,090 R975 Discovery Miles 9 750 Save R115 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An in-depth and beautifully illustrated look at one of the most revered works of antiquity, the Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon In the ancient Near East, expert craftspeople were more than technicians: they numbered among those special members of society who could access the divine. While the artisans' names are largely unknown today, their legacy remains in the form of spectacular artworks and monuments. One of the most celebrated works of antiquity-Babylon's Ishtar Gate and its affiliated Processional Way-featured a dazzling array of colorful beasts assembled from molded, baked, and glazed bricks. Such an awe-inspiring structure demanded the highest level of craft; each animal was created from dozens of bricks that interlocked like a jigsaw. Yet this display of technical and artistic skill also served a ritual purpose, since the Gate provided a divinely protected entrance to the sacred inner city of Babylon. A Wonder to Behold explores ancient Near Eastern ideas about the transformative power of materials and craftsmanship as they relate to the Ishtar Gate. This beautifully illustrated catalogue accompanies an exhibition at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. Essays by archaeologists, art historians, curators, conservators, and text specialists examine a wide variety of artifacts from major American and European institutions. Contributors include Anastasia Amrhein, Heather Baker, Jean-Francois de Laperouse, Eduardo Escobar, Anja Fugert, Sarah Graff, Helen Gries, Elizabeth Knott, Katherine Larson, Beate Pongratz-Leisten, Shiyanthi Thavapalan, and May-Sarah Zessin. Distributed for the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University Exhibition Schedule Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University Exhibition Dates: November 6, 2019-May 24, 2020

Urbanisation and State Formation in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond (Hardcover): Martin Sterry, David J. Mattingly Urbanisation and State Formation in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond (Hardcover)
Martin Sterry, David J. Mattingly
R3,721 Discovery Miles 37 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The themes of sedentarisation, urbanisation and state formation are fundamental ones in the archaeology of many diverse parts of the world but have been little explored in relation to early societies of the Saharan zone. Moreover, the possibility has rarely been considered that the precocious civilisations bordering this vast desert were interconnected by long-range contacts and knowledge networks. The orthodox opinion of many of the key oasis zones within the Sahara is that they were not created before the early medieval period and the Islamic conquest of Mediterranean North Africa. Major claims of this volume are that the ultimate origins of oasis settlements in many parts of the Sahara were considerably earlier, that by the first millennium AD some of these oasis settlements were of a size and complexity to merit the categorisation 'towns' and that a few exceptional examples were focal centres within proto-states or early state-level societies.

Land and Taxes in Ptolemaic Egypt - An Edition, Translation and Commentary for the Edfu Land Survey (P. Haun. IV 70)... Land and Taxes in Ptolemaic Egypt - An Edition, Translation and Commentary for the Edfu Land Survey (P. Haun. IV 70) (Hardcover)
Thorolf Christensen, Dorothy J. Thompson, Katelijn Vandorpe
R2,117 Discovery Miles 21 170 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides the first edition with an extensive introduction and full commentary of a unique land survey written on papyrus in Greek which derives from that area of southern (Upper) Egypt known as the Apollonopolite (or Edfu) nome and is now preserved in Copenhagen. Dating from the late second century BC, this survey provides a new picture of both landholding and taxation in the area which differs significantly from that currently accepted. The introduction sets this new evidence in its contemporary context, drawing particular attention to what it reveals about the nature of the relations of the Ptolemaic royal administration with local grandees, Egyptian temples and the army. No student of Hellenistic Egypt can afford to ignore this text, which importantly extends our knowledge of Upper Egypt under the Ptolemaic kings and involves some modification to the prevailing picture of landholding in Hellenistic Egypt.

An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Kathryn A. Bard An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Kathryn A. Bard
R1,308 R1,097 Discovery Miles 10 970 Save R211 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This student-friendly introduction to the archaeology of ancient Egypt guides readers from the Paleolithic to the Greco-Roman periods, and has now been updated to include recent discoveries and new illustrations. Superbly illustrated with photographs, maps, and site plans, with additional illustrations in this new edition Organized into 11 chapters, covering: the history of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology; prehistoric and pharaonic chronology and the ancient Egyptian language; geography, resources, and environment; and seven chapters organized chronologically and devoted to specific archaeological sites and evidence Includes sections on salient topics such as the constructing the Great Pyramid at Giza and the process of mummification

The Cemetery of Meir - Volume lV: The Tombs of Senbi l and Wekhhotep l (Paperback): Naguib Kanawati, Linda Evans The Cemetery of Meir - Volume lV: The Tombs of Senbi l and Wekhhotep l (Paperback)
Naguib Kanawati, Linda Evans
R2,034 R1,653 Discovery Miles 16 530 Save R381 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Consciousness, Creativity, and Self at the Dawn of Settled Life (Hardcover): Ian Hodder Consciousness, Creativity, and Self at the Dawn of Settled Life (Hardcover)
Ian Hodder
R2,077 Discovery Miles 20 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over recent years, a number of scholars have argued that the human mind underwent a cognitive revolution in the Neolithic. This volume seeks to test these claims at the Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk in Turkey and in other Neolithic contexts in the Middle East. It brings together cognitive scientists who have developed theoretical frameworks for the study of cognitive change, archaeologists who have conducted research into cognitive change in the Neolithic of the Middle East, and the excavators of the Neolithic site of Catalhoeyuk who have over recent years been exploring changes in consciousness, creativity and self in the context of the rich data from the site. Collectively, the authors argue that when detailed data are examined, theoretical evolutionary expectations are not found for these three characteristics. The Neolithic was a time of long, slow and diverse change in which there is little evidence for an internal cognitive revolution.

Understanding Hezekiah of Judah - Rebel King and Reformer (Paperback): Mordechai Cogan Understanding Hezekiah of Judah - Rebel King and Reformer (Paperback)
Mordechai Cogan
R332 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R20 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A new thought-provoking exposition of the political and religious developments in the kingdom of Judah during the reign of King Hezekiah, based on a close reading of biblical and extra-biblical sources, and the insights of associated archaeological finds. Among the major discussions: Hezekiah's reform of the Israelite cult - the elimination of rural altars and the centralisation of all worship in the Temple of Jerusalem; the introduction of literary prophecy and its social message into Judah; Jerusalem's deliverance during the Assyrian campaign against Judah in 701 bce. Indeed, the Age of Hezekiah proves to have been a key stage in the growth and transformation of Jerusalem into the Holy City. Full quotation of ancient texts, illuminated by numerous maps and illustrations.

The Lost Tombs of Thebes - Life in Paradise (Hardcover): Zahi Hawass The Lost Tombs of Thebes - Life in Paradise (Hardcover)
Zahi Hawass
R1,235 R937 Discovery Miles 9 370 Save R298 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The foothills of the Theban massif, not far from Egypt s Valley of the Kings, are filled with hundreds of impressive tombs from the New Kingdom belonging to the people who served the pharaohs. Just a handful are open to the public; many others are closed and can be visited only by scholars; still others have been hidden under villages built over the past centuries and have only recently been discovered. Written by world-renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass and illustrated with spectacular new photographs by Sandro Vannini, this new book gives an unprecedented access to these largely inaccessible tombs. It reveals some of the most exquisite examples of Egyptian art to be found anywhere in the land of the Nile, reflecting the aristocratic status of the tombs owners. At the heart of the book, three major chapters examine the glorious paintings and exquisitely sculpted reliefs that depict daily life on earth and life in paradise. Other chapters place the tomb owners in their historical context, explore the architecture and construction of the tombs, display the lavish burial equipment, and discuss the vital ongoing work of restoration and conservation. A reference section includes maps, plans, and a checklist of tombs.

Tutankhamun - The Treasures of the Tomb (Hardcover): Zahi Hawass Tutankhamun - The Treasures of the Tomb (Hardcover)
Zahi Hawass; Photographs by Sandro Vannini
R916 R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Save R213 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The tomb of Tutankhamun, with its breathtaking treasures, remains the most sensational archaeological find of all time. This brilliantly illustrated volume takes the reader through Tutankhamun's tomb room-by-room in the order that it was discovered and excavated by Howard Carter in 1922. Dr Zahi Hawass imbues the text with his own inimitable flavour, imagining how the uncovering and opening of the tomb must have felt for Carter, while Sandro Vannini's extraordinary photographs reproduce the objects in infinitesimal detail. With stunning full-colour spreads and foldouts throughout the book, this sumptuous volume is the definitive record of Tutankhamun's glittering legacy.

Finding Jerusalem - Archaeology between Science and Ideology (Paperback): Katharina Galor Finding Jerusalem - Archaeology between Science and Ideology (Paperback)
Katharina Galor
R797 R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Save R174 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press's open access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Archaeological discoveries in Jerusalem capture worldwide attention in various media outlets. The continuing quest to discover the city's physical remains is not simply an attempt to define Israel's past or determine its historical legacy. In the context of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is also an attempt to legitimate-or undercut-national claims to sovereignty. Bridging the ever-widening gap between popular coverage and specialized literature, Finding Jerusalem provides a comprehensive tour of the politics of archaeology in the city. Through a wide-ranging discussion of the material evidence, Katharina Galor illuminates the complex legal contexts and ethical precepts that underlie archaeological activity and the discourse of "cultural heritage" in Jerusalem. This book addresses the pressing need to disentangle historical documentation from the religious aspirations, social ambitions, and political commitments that shape its interpretation.

The Pyramids Of Giza - Facts, Legends And Mysteries (Paperback): Jean-Pierre Corteggiani The Pyramids Of Giza - Facts, Legends And Mysteries (Paperback)
Jean-Pierre Corteggiani
R225 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R42 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Pyramids of Giza are the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World that still stands today. Defying the centuries, these gigantic tombs, built more than 4,500 years ago by three great pharaohs of the 4th Dynasty, have long been objects of wonder, speculation and mystery, but it was not until the archaeological discoveries of the 19th century that a true picture of their fascinating history began to emerge. This pocket-sized, profusely illustrated book separates fact from fiction to tell the ongoing story of the Great Pyramids.

Ancient Egypt - An Introduction (Hardcover): Salima Ikram Ancient Egypt - An Introduction (Hardcover)
Salima Ikram
R2,385 Discovery Miles 23 850 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides an introduction to one of the greatest civilizations of all time - ancient Egypt. Beginning with a geographical overview that explains the development of Egyptian belief systems as well as its subsequent political development, it examines methodology, the history of the discipline of Egyptology, religion, social organization, urban and rural life, and death. It also includes a section on how people of all ranks lived. Lavishly illustrated, with many unusual photographs of rarely seen sites that are seldom illustrated, this volume is suitable for use in introductory-level courses on ancient Egypt. It offers a variety of student-friendly features, including a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of sources for those who wish to further their interest in ancient Egypt.

Mrs. Naunakhte & Family - The Women of Ramesside Deir Al-Medina (Hardcover): Koenraad Donker Van Heel Mrs. Naunakhte & Family - The Women of Ramesside Deir Al-Medina (Hardcover)
Koenraad Donker Van Heel
R697 R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Save R81 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The so-called Will of Naunakhte (1154 BCE) has become rightly famous in Egyptology. So where did she come from and what really happened to her eight surviving children, four of whom were daughters? By carefully studying the documents mentioning members of the family and including all the material mentioning the women of the New Kingdom village of Deir al-Medina and other sources, the author once again puts to the forefront the remarkable role played by ordinary women in ancient Egypt.

An Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead - The Papyrus of Sobekmose (Hardcover): Paul F. O'Rourke An Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead - The Papyrus of Sobekmose (Hardcover)
Paul F. O'Rourke 1
R728 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R170 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Book of the Dead of Sobekmose, in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, New York, is one of the most important surviving examples of the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead genre. Such `books' - papyrus scrolls - were composed of traditional funerary texts, including magic spells, that were thought to assist a dead person on their journey into the afterlife. The ancient Egyptians believed in an underworld fraught with dangers that needed to be carefully navigated, from the familiar, such as snakes and scorpions, to the extraordinary: lakes of fire to cross, animal-headed demons to pass and, of course, the ritual Weighing of the Heart, whose outcome determined whether or not the deceased would be `born again' into the afterlife for eternity. This publication is the first to offer a continuous English translation of a single, extensive, major text that can speak to us from beginning to end in the order in which it was composed. The papyrus itself is one of the longest of its kind to come down to us from the New Kingdom, a time when Egypt's international power and prosperity were at their peak. This new translation not only represents a great step forward in the study of these texts, but also grants modern readers a direct encounter with what can seem a remote and alien civilization. With language that is, in many places, unquestionably evocative and very beautiful, it offers a look into the mindset of the ancient Egyptians, highlighting their beliefs and anxieties about this world as well as the next.

The Priest, the Prince and the Pasha - The Life and Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture (Hardcover): Lawrence M. Berman The Priest, the Prince and the Pasha - The Life and Afterlife of an Ancient Egyptian Sculpture (Hardcover)
Lawrence M. Berman
R442 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R87 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Sometime in the early fourth century bc, an unknown Egyptian master carved an exquisite portrait in dark-green stone. The statue that included this remarkably lifelike head of a priest, who was likely a citizen of ancient Memphis, may have been damaged when the Persians conquered Egypt in 343 bc before it was ritually buried in a temple complex dedicated to the worship of the sacred Apis bull. Its adventures were not over, though: after almost two millennia, the head was excavated by August Mariette, a founding figure in French Egyptology, under a permit from the Ottoman Pasha. Returned to France as part of a collection of antiquities assembled for the inimitable Bonaparte prince known as Plon-Plon, it found a home in his faux Pompeian palace. After disappearing again, it resurfaced in the personal collection of Edward Perry Warren, a turn-of-the-twentieth-century American aesthete, who sold it to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Along the way, this compelling and mysterious sculpture, known worldwide as the Boston Green Head, has reflected the West's evolving understanding of Egyptian art - from initial assertions that it was too refined to be the product of a lesser civilization, to recognition of the sophistication of the culture that produced it.

Bullae from the Shara Temple - With Contributions by Hamza Shahad Al-Harbi and Adelheid Otto (Hardcover): Nawala Ahmed... Bullae from the Shara Temple - With Contributions by Hamza Shahad Al-Harbi and Adelheid Otto (Hardcover)
Nawala Ahmed Al-Mutawilli, Ismael, Walther Sallaberger
R1,753 R1,496 Discovery Miles 14 960 Save R257 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Jerusalem: Biblical Archaeology (Sheet map, folded): Carta Jerusalem Jerusalem: Biblical Archaeology (Sheet map, folded)
Carta Jerusalem
R323 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R20 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

No place on earth is richer in ancient remains and relics than The Holy City of Jerusalem. Hardly a day goes by without another discovery being made that reveals yet another historical link to Western heritage, culture and religion. This state-of-the-art map, covering the whole of modern Jerusalem with special emphasis on the Old City and adjoining areas, is the first-ever attempt to document, in great detail, the amazing discoveries of sites and remains related to biblical times and themes. Here, for the first time ever, Carta Jerusalem has assembled this fascinating display as a detailed recording and tapestry of Jerusalem's rich past in today's setting. An eye-opening presentation, this map of biblical Jerusalem provides a fascinating overview of millennia of biblical and ancient history. As an additional benefit of this unique depiction, finds from later periods are also listed.

In the Footsteps of King David - Revelations from an Ancient Biblical City (Hardcover): Yosef Garfinkel, Saar Ganor, Michael G.... In the Footsteps of King David - Revelations from an Ancient Biblical City (Hardcover)
Yosef Garfinkel, Saar Ganor, Michael G. Hasel
R709 R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 Save R170 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

King David is a pivotal figure in the Bible, which provides stirring accounts of his deeds, including the slaying of the Philistine giant Goliath and the founding of his capital in Jerusalem. However, no certain archaeological finds from the period of his reign or of the united kingdom he ruled over have been uncovered - until now. In this first-hand and highly readable account, the excavators of Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Valley of Elah, where the Bible says David fought Goliath, reveal how seven years of exhaustive investigation have uncovered a city dating to the time of David - the late 11th and early 10th century bc - surrounded by massive fortifications with impressive gates, a clear urban plan and an abundance of finds that tell us much about the inhabitants, including a pottery sherd with the earliest known Hebrew inscription. The authors clearly describe the methods of the excavation and the evidence they discovered, as well as how we interpret it. But more than just a simple excavation report, this book also explains the significance of these discoveries and how they shed new light on David's kingdom, as well as discussing the link between the Bible, archaeology and history. This topic is at the centre of a decades-long controversy, with some scholars disputing that the Bible contains a record of historical events and people, an approach that is convincingly challenged here.

Ancient Egypt - An Introduction (Paperback, New): Salima Ikram Ancient Egypt - An Introduction (Paperback, New)
Salima Ikram
R944 Discovery Miles 9 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book provides an introduction to one of the greatest civilizations of all time - ancient Egypt. Beginning with a geographical overview that explains the development of Egyptian belief systems as well as its subsequent political development, it examines methodology, the history of the discipline of Egyptology, religion, social organization, urban and rural life, and death. It also includes a section on how people of all ranks lived. Lavishly illustrated, with many unusual photographs of rarely seen sites that are seldom illustrated, this volume is suitable for use in introductory-level courses on ancient Egypt. It offers a variety of student-friendly features, including a glossary, a bibliography, and a list of sources for those who wish to further their interest in ancient Egypt.

Dariali: The 'Caspian Gates' in the Caucasus from Antiquity to the Age of the Huns and the Middle Ages - The Joint... Dariali: The 'Caspian Gates' in the Caucasus from Antiquity to the Age of the Huns and the Middle Ages - The Joint Georgian-British Dariali Gorge Excavations and Surveys 2013-2016 (Hardcover)
Eberhard Sauer
R2,124 R1,985 Discovery Miles 19 850 Save R139 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Huns, invading through Dariali Gorge on the modern-day border between Russia and Georgia in AD 395 and 515, spread terror across the late antique world. Was this the prelude to the apocalypse? Prophecies foresaw a future Hunnic onslaught, via the same mountain pass, bringing about the end of the world. Humanity's fate depended on a gated barrier deep in Europe's highest and most forbidding mountain chain. Centuries before the emergence of such apocalyptic beliefs, the gorge had reached world fame. It was the target of a planned military expedition by the Emperor Nero. Chained to the dramatic sheer cliffs, framing the narrow passage, the mythical fire-thief Prometheus suffered severe punishment, his liver devoured by an eagle. It was known under multiple names, most commonly the Caspian or Alan Gates. Featuring in the works of literary giants, no other mountain pass in the ancient and medieval world matches Dariali's fame. Yet little was known about the materiality of this mythical place. A team of archaeologists has now shed much new light on the major gorge-blocking fort and a barrier wall on a steep rocky ridge further north. The walls still standing today were built around the time of the first major Hunnic invasion in the late fourth century - when the Caucasus defences feature increasingly prominently in negotiations between the Great Powers of Persia and Rome. In its endeavour to strongly fortify the strategic mountain pass through the Central Caucasus, the workforce erased most traces of earlier occupation. The Persian-built bastion saw heavy occupation for 600 years. Its multi-faith medieval garrison controlled Trans-Caucasian traffic. Everyday objects and human remains reveal harsh living conditions and close connections to the Muslim South, as well as the steppe world of the north. The Caspian Gates explains how a highly strategic rock has played a pivotal role in world history from Classical Antiquity into the twentieth century.

Ancient Assyria: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Karen Radner Ancient Assyria: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Karen Radner
R221 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R24 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Assyria was one of the most influential kingdoms of the Ancient Near East. In this Very Short Introduction, Karen Radner sketches the history of Assyria from city state to empire, from the early 2nd millennium BC to the end of the 7th century BC. Since the archaeological rediscovery of Assyria in the mid-19th century, its cities have been excavated extensively in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Israel, with further sites in Iran, Lebanon, and Jordan providing important information. The Assyrian Empire was one of the most geographically vast, socially diverse, multicultural, and multi-ethnic states of the early first millennium BC.Using archaeological records, Radner provides insights into the lives of the inhabitants of the kingdom, highlighting the diversity of human experiences in the Assyrian Empire. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Amheida III - Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 2 (Hardcover): Roger S. Bagnall, Rodney Ast Amheida III - Ostraka from Trimithis, Volume 2 (Hardcover)
Roger S. Bagnall, Rodney Ast; Contributions by Raffaella Cribiore
R2,024 R1,617 Discovery Miles 16 170 Save R407 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This archaeological report provides a comprehensive study of the excavations carried out at Amheida House B2 in Egypt's Dakhleh Oasis between 2005 and 2007, followed by three study seasons between 2008 and 2010. The excavations at Amheida in Egypt's western desert, begun in 2001 under the aegis of Columbia University and sponsored by NYU since 2008, are investigating all aspects of social life and material culture at the administrative center of ancient Trimithis. The excavations so far have focused on three areas of this very large site: a centrally located upper-class fourth-century AD house with wall paintings, an adjoining school, and underlying remains of a Roman bath complex; a more modest house of the third century; and the temple hill, with remains of the Temple of Thoth built in the first century AD and of earlier structures. Architectural conservation has protected and partly restored two standing funerary monuments, a mud-brick pyramid and a tower tomb, both of the Roman period. This is the second volume of ostraka from the excavations Amheida (ancient Trimithis) in Egypt. It adds 491 items to the growing corpus of primary texts from the site. In addition to the catalog, the introductory sections make important contributions to understanding the role of textual practice in the life of a pre-modern small town. Issues addressed include tenancy, the administration of water, governance, the identification of individuals in the archaeological record, the management of estates, personal handwriting, and the uses of personal names. Additionally, the chapter "Ceramic Fabrics and Shapes" by Clementina Caputo breaks new ground in the treatment of these inscribed shards as both written text and physical object. This volume will be of interest to specialists in Roman-period Egypt as well as to scholars of literacy and writing in the ancient world and elsewhere.

The Architecture of Alexandria and Egypt 300 B.C.--A.D. 700 (Paperback): Judith McKenzie The Architecture of Alexandria and Egypt 300 B.C.--A.D. 700 (Paperback)
Judith McKenzie
R1,446 R1,329 Discovery Miles 13 290 Save R117 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The first reconstruction of the architecture of ancient Alexandria and Egypt, long believed lost beyond recovery This masterful history of the monumental architecture of Alexandria, as well as of the rest of Egypt, encompasses an entire millennium-from the city's founding by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C. to the years just after the Islamic conquest of A.D. 642. Long considered lost beyond recall, the architecture of ancient Alexandria has until now remained mysterious. But here Judith McKenzie shows that it is indeed possible to reconstruct the city and many of its buildings by means of meticulous exploration of archaeological remains, written sources, and an array of other fragmentary evidence. The book approaches its subject at the macro- and the micro-level: from city-planning, building types, and designs to architectural style. It addresses the interaction between the imported Greek and native Egyptian traditions; the relations between the architecture of Alexandria and the other cities and towns of Egypt as well as the wider Mediterranean world; and Alexandria's previously unrecognized role as a major source of architectural innovation and artistic influence. Lavishly illustrated with new plans of the city in the Ptolemaic, Roman, and Byzantine periods; reconstruction drawings; and photographs, the book brings to life the ancient city and uncovers the true extent of its architectural legacy in the Mediterranean world.

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