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5.0 out of 5 stars An important handbook of the Middle Kingdom, 28 Oct 2009
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Ciho Miron (Bucharest, Romania) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: History, Archaeology and Society (Duckworth Egyptology Series) (Paperback)
Dr. Wolfgang Grajetzki is a well-known scientist to the Amazon Customers (also myself presented two of his studies: "Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt: Life in Death for Rich and Poor", and "Harageh: An Egyptian Burial Ground for the Rich around 1800 BC" ). His current publication rightly can be considered a trilogy. The first section of the book defines as far as possible the history of the Middle Kingdom. What is quite correct is that the author doesn't stop his enquiry with the end of the XII-th Dynasty, but included in his presentation the three parts of the XIII-th Dynasty, also. The second section, named "Archaeology and Geography" is a well documented description of the administrative units of Ancient Egypt- the nomes - , each of them with the most relevant temples, tombs and settlements. The Middle Kingdom is a reference era in the history of Ancient Egypt. It is thought about a classical period due to the political stability, the artistic and literary works considered prototypes, and for the features of the language, the later used both for royal and religious writings. The author based his disquisition on material and written evidence. Usually, the texts and monuments reflect the views of the ruling class. Ancient Egypt was a hierarchical society, feature expressed by what we consider "art" and words. Dr. Grajetzki thinks that Ancient Egypt was a controlled society, but he underlines: "An ancient prescriptive state might be freer than any modern western societies in practical terms". In the third section of his book, the author examined the individuals outside the ruling class (peasants, herdsman, craftsmen etc.), and the ruling classes (the local leaders, persons who conduct the royal residence, the high officials of the state, the king, and the royal family). The author clearly expressed that according to the texts, the king was responsible on everything that happened in the daily life of the Egyptians. Through this excellent reference book, Dr. Grajetzki presents one of the most coherent pictures about the Middle Kingdom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real scholarship, 8 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: History, Archaeology and Society (Duckworth Egyptology Series) (Paperback)
Probably the best work on this period of Ancient Egypt, particularly at its very reasonable cost. Of course more colour images would be desirable, but that would push it into a very different price range.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 30 Jan 2012
This review is from: The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: History, Archaeology and Society (Duckworth Egyptology Series) (Paperback)
Very rapid delivery and excellent service. This is a great text book that is clearly laid out and highly informative. A really superb resource.
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