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Ancient Egyptian Chronology (Handbook of Oriental Studies: Section 1, the Near & Middle East) Hardcover – 10 Apr 2012
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This volume deals with the chronology of Ancient Egypt from the fourth millennium until the Hellenistic Period. An initial section reviews the foundations of Egyptian chronology, both ancient and modern, from annals and kinglists to C14 analyses of archaeological data. Specialists discuss sources, compile lists of known dates, and analyze biographical information in the section devoted to relative chronology. The editors are responsible for the final section, which attempts a synthesis of the entire range of available data to arrive at alternative absolute chronologies. The prospective readership includes specialists in Near Eastern and Aegean studies as well as Egyptologists.
About the Author
Eric Hornung, Ph.D. (1965) in Egyptology, University of Tuebingen, is Professor Emeritus, University of Basel. He has written numerous publications on Ancient Egyptian religion, history, and chronology. Rolf Krauss, Ph.D. (1981) in Egyptology, Free University of Berlin, teaches at Humboldt University, Berlin. He has published extensively on Egyptian chronology and astronomy, most recently Astronomische Konzepte (Wiesbaden, 1997). David A. Warburton, Dr.Phil. (1996), Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Bern; teaches Egyptology and Near Eastern Archaeology at the Universities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, Bern and Lyon. Publications include articles and books on chronology, stratigraphy, economics and religion.
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28 October 2009
Within the frame of the series Handbuch of Oriental Studies(Section One, The Near and Middle East, vol. 83)appeared a rare book edited by E. Hornung, R. Krauss and D. A. Warburton: Ancient Egyptian Chronology(2006). Having more than 500 printed pages, and with a rather difficult subject, this splendid enterprise is not an easy lecture you can finish in few days. Being a comprehensive book, it is hard to summarize in a couple of sentences. It is an outstanding reference book, important due to the following reasons: with one or two exceptions, the studies are written by the leading scholars of the moment; the reader has the possibility to find out more about the Egyptian chronological tradition and method of dating; we learn about the main datable sources of the Egyptian history, from the Predynastic, until the end of the Persian Period, including Meroe, also; the reader is introduced in the "mysteries"of radiocarbon dating, the luminescence dating, the dendrochronology, astronomical phenomena, the lunar calendar, the lunar dates, the heliacal rising of the star Sirius etc. , and their relationship with the ancient Egyptian chronology. In conclusion: with a very interesting concluding part and chronological tables, bibliographies and detailed indexes, the Ancient Egyptian Chronology is an indispensable tool for the future researches, for specialized libraries and scientists working in the field of chronological investigation.
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