Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology: 1: From Antiquity to 1881

Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology: 1: From Antiquity to 1881


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A comprehensive history of the study and understanding of ancient Egypt, filled with intriguing mysteries, great discoveries, and scholarly creativity, the first of three-volumes—new in paperback

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 first of a three-volume survey of the history of Egyptology, follows the fascination with ancient Egypt from antiquity until 1881, tracing the recovery of ancient Egypt and its impact on the human imagination in a saga filled with intriguing mysteries, great discoveries, and scholarly creativity. 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: 9789774169939
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Series: Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jason Thompson (author) currently resides Copper Hill, Virginia.

Jaromir Malek (foreword) currently resides in Oxford, United Kingdom.

Table of Contents


1. Historical Outline

2. Egyptology in Antiquity

3. A Medieval Hiatus

4. Ancient Egypt in the Renaissance and Early Modern Imagination

5. Ancient Egypt in the Age of the Enlightenment

6. The Discovery of Ancient Egypt

7. The Decipherment of the Hieroglyphs

8. Lifting the Veil

9. Egypt Itself

10. Hiatus

11. Consolidation

12. Preservation and Depredation

13. Taking Possession of Egypt for the Cause of Science

14. Mariette's Monopoly

15. Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Art, Photography, and Literature

16. The Golden Age

17. The Post-Maspero Antiquities Service

18. The Seven Hathors

19. New Horizons

20. Greco-Roman Egypt

21. Loret's Interlude

22. The Return of Maspero

23. Return of Maspero (cont.)

24. The Berlin School

25. Egyptology Comes to America

26. The United States Enters the Field

27. Attention Turns South

28. The Twilight of the Golden Age

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