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Egyptian Scarabs (Shire Egyptology) Paperback – 10 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd (10 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074780673X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747806738
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,408,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard H. Wilkinson is Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Arizona. He has organized and directed several exhibitions and international conferences on Egyptological topics. Dr. Wilkinson is the author of over a hundred articles and reviews as well as seven previously published books. He also founded and edits the "Directory of North American Egyptologists" and has served for two terms on the national board of the American Research Center in Egypt, the official Egyptological association of the United States.

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Wilkinson is the Regents' Professor of Egyptology at the University of Arizona and the Director of the university's Egypt Expedition. He has written numerous books and academic papers and is a well known name in Egyptology.

The contents are as follows:

- A list of illustrations
- Chronology from the Predynastic to Graeco-Roman periods
1. The scarab in nature and myth
2. Scarab development
3. Types of scarab
4. Heart scarabs
5. Commemorative scarabs
6. Scarabs abroad
- Further reading
- Museums
- Index

1. The scarab in nature and myth
Chapter 1 introduces the scarab to the uninitiated. Over a period of 2000 years from the end of the Old Kingdom, scarab representations were made in a variety of fabrics. The member of the Scarabaeidae family upon which the Egyptian scarab representations is based on the form of dung beetle known as the "roller" due to its practise of rolling dung into their burrows for food or for egg-laying. The second half of the chapter looks at the mythology of the scarab beetle in Egypt, which is based apparently on the rolling of the dung ball which as equated to the movement of the solar orb across the sky. The scarab deity Khepri was one of three major forms of solar deity. Wilkinson goes on to explore the nature of Khepri, the deity who was constantly reborn, just as the sun was reborn each day.

2. Scarab development
Wilkinson opens with the intriguing observation that the development of the scarab in Egypt "followed a somewhat slow and unlikely path". He goes on to describe how scarab forms evolved. The earliest were amulets. Amulets date to the Predynastic but most early ovoid scarab forms date from the end of the Old Kingdom.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91254294) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x912daca8) out of 5 stars Very good book for beginners. 31 Aug. 2009
By Ernest A. Krumbein - Published on Amazon.com
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All of the Shire books I have seen have been quite educational and nicely done.
This book is in that catagory although it is for a beginner in collecting or studying scarabs.
Very informative.
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I think this was mostly words, without many pictures. I got it for the pictures of scarabs. Blah. Maybe someday I'll read it.
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