Everyday Life in Ancient Egypt

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JHU Press, May 25, 2001 - History - 163 pages

Lionel Casson offers a comprehensive introduction to the people of ancient Egypt. He describes the structure of Egyptian society—the levels from peasant to pharaoh, the nature of the family, and the role of women. He reviews the professions, from the lowliest scribes to the architects and engineers who built the pyramids, and examines the work of sculptors, painters, cabinetmakers, jewelers, and smiths whose hands turned out the sculptures, murals, and objects of beauty that are so prized today. He deals with that key factor in Egyptian life, religion: the nature of the gods; the powerful role played by belief in the afterlife; and the career of one pharaoh, Akhenaten, who attempted to put heretical views into practice.

Originally published in 1975 as The Horizon Book of Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, this revised edition includes a new chapter as well as full documentation of the sources.

 

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Contents

The New Kingdom
3
The Social Pyramid
10
The Family
17
Women
27
On the Farm
35
At Leisure
42
The Professions
50
Fine Craftsmen
72
Religion
83
The Afterlife II 4
114
Travel
126
Egypt under NonEgyptians
136
Epilogue
145
Notes
151
Index
159
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About the author (2001)

Lionel Casson is a professor emeritus of classics at New York University and has written many books about life in the ancient world, including Travel in the Ancient World, Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, and Ships and Seamanship in the Ancient World, all available from Johns Hopkins.

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