Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology: 3: From 1914 to the Twenty-first Century

Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology: 3: From 1914 to the Twenty-first Century

by Jason Thompson

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Overview

The discovery of ancient Egypt and the development of Egyptology are momentous events in intellectual and cultural history. The history of Egyptology is the story of the people, famous and obscure, who constructed the picture of ancient Egypt that we have today, recovered the Egyptian past while inventing it anew, and made a lost civilization comprehensible to generations of enchanted readers and viewers thousands of years later. This, the third of a three-volume history of Egyptology, follows the progress of the discipline from the trauma of the First World War, through the vicissitudes of the twentieth century, and into Egyptology's new horizons at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Wonderful Things affirms that the history of ancient Egypt has proved continually fascinating, but it also demonstrates that the history of Egyptology is no less so. Only by understanding how Egyptology has developed can we truly understand the Egyptian past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774167607
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 981,691
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Jason Thompson is the editor of Edward William Lane’s Description of Egypt (AUC Press, 2000) and An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians (AUC Press, 2003), and the author of Sir Gardiner Wilkinson and His Circle, A History of Egypt: From Earliest Times to the Present (AUC Press, 2008), and Edward William Lane, 1801–1876 (AUC Press, 2010).

Table of Contents

Chronological Outline of Ancient Egyptian History ix

Maps x

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Egyptology and the Great War 1

2 Resuming the Field 13

3 Wonderful Things 39

4 The Pharaoh's Curse 59

5 Winds of Change 79

6 George A. Reisner and His Colleagues at Giza 101

7 Farther South: Nubia and Sudan 117

8 New Dimensions in Prehistory 141

9 Interwar: The Library 159

10 Years of Uncertainty 177

11 Nazi Egyptology and the Second World War 197

12 An Egyptological Intermediate Period 225

13 Nubian Rescue: The Temples 261

14 Nubian Rescue: The Archaeology 285

15 Resuming the Field-Again: Saqqara and Lower Egypt 305

16 Resuming the Field-Again: Upper Egypt and Beyond 335

17 Language and Art 363

18 Writing Ancient Egyptian History 379

19 Women in Egyptology 395

20 Points of Departure 411

Notes 437

Bibliography 489

Index 541

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