Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization

Barry J. Kemp

Published June 18, 2018
Textbook - 398 Pages
ISBN 9780415827263 - CAT# Y148293

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  • Reinstated chapter on Amarna gives students information on the most up to date research and discoveries at a site that is crucial for understanding Ancient Egypt (the author runs the excavation there)
  • Author’s theoretical and critical approach allows instructors to teach Ancient Egypt in a way that both engages students and gives them a thorough overview of the material (reviewers agree that competitors do not come close to the clear writing style and approach of Kemp)
  • New material gives students access to the most up to date findings so they can have a full picture of the latest research—Chapter 3 includes new findings from Hierakonpolis and Tell el-Farkha, and there is also a new chapter on Transitions


This fully revised and updated third edition of the bestselling Ancient Egypt seeks to identify what gave ancient Egypt its distinctive and enduring characteristics, ranging across material culture, the mindset of its people, and social and economic factors.

In this volume, Barry J. Kemp identifies the ideas by which the Egyptians organized their experience of the world and explains how they maintained a uniform style in their art and architecture across three thousand years, whilst accommodating substantial changes in outlook. The underlying aim is to relate ancient Egypt to the broader mainstream of our understanding of how all human societies function.

Source material is taken from ancient written documents, while the book also highlights the contribution that archaeology makes to our understanding of Egyptian culture and society. It uses numerous case studies, illustrating them with artwork expressly prepared from specialist sources. Broad ranging yet impressively detailed, the book is an indispensable text for all students of ancient Egypt and for the general reader.


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