Ancient Egyptian cities and towns have until recently been one
of the least-studied and least-published aspects of this great
ancient civilization. Now, new research and excavation are
transforming our knowledge. This is the first book to bring these
latest discoveries to a wide audience and to provide a
comprehensive overview of what we know about ancient settlement
during the dynastic period.
The cities range in date from early urban centers to large
metropolises. From houses to palaces to temples, the different
parts of Egyptian cities and towns are examined in detail, giving a
clear picture of the urban world. The inhabitants, from servants to
Pharaoh, are vividly brought to life, placed in the context of the
civil administration that organized every detail of their
Famous cities with extraordinary buildings and fascinating
histories are also examined here through detailed individual
treatments, including: Memphis, home of the pyramid building kings
of the Old Kingdom; Thebes, containing the greatest concentration
of monumental buildings from the ancient world; and Amarna,
intimately associated with the pharaoh Akhenaten. An analysis of
information from modern excavations and ancient texts recreates
vibrant ancient communities, providing range and depth beyond any
other publication on the subject. "
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