Early Dynastic Egypt

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Routledge, Sep 11, 2002 - Social Science - 440 pages
Early Dynastic Egypt spans the five centuries preceding the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza. This was the formative period of ancient Egyptian civilization, and it witnessed the creation of a distinctive culture that was to endure for 3,000 years. This book examines the background to that great achievement, the mechanisms by which it was accomplished, and the character of life in the Nile valley during the first 500 years of Pharaonic rule.
The results of over thirty years of international scholarship and excavation are presented in a single highly illustrated volume. It traces the re-discovery of Early Dynastic Egypt, explains how the dynasties established themselves in government and concludes by examining the impact of the early state on individual communities and regions.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE EGYPTOLOGY AND THE EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD
2
CHAPTER TWO BIRTH OF A NATION STATE
23
CHAPTER THREE HISTORICAL OUTLINE
50
PART II THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AUTHORITY
91
CHAPTER FOUR ADMINISTRATION
92
CHAPTER FIVE FOREIGN RELATIONS
127
CHAPTER SIX KINGSHIP
155
CHAPTER SEVEN ROYAL MORTUARY ARCHITECTURE
198
PART III THE DIVERSITY OF LOCAL EXPERIENCE
279
CHAPTER NINE THE RISE OF URBANISM
280
CHAPTER TEN THE REGIONS OF EGYPT
297
EPILOGUE
316
GLOSSARY
317
BIBLIOGRAPHY
327
INDEX
356
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CHAPTER EIGHT CULTS AND SHRINES
225

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