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Wonderful Things

Author: Jason Thompson
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
ISBN: 9774165993
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The discovery of ancient Egypt and the development of Egyptology are momentous events in intellectual and cultural history. The history of Egyptology is the story of the people, famous and obscure, who constructed the picture of ancient Egypt that we have today, recovered the Egyptian past while inventing it anew, and made a lost civilization comprehensible to generations of enchanted readers and viewers thousands of years later. This, the first of a three-volume survey of the history of Egyptology, follows the fascination with ancient Egypt from antiquity until 1881, tracing the recovery of ancient Egypt and its impact on the human imagination in a saga filled with intriguing mysteries, great discoveries, and scholarly creativity. Wonderful Things affirms that the history of ancient Egypt has proved continually fascinating, but it also demonstrates that the history of Egyptology is no less so. Only by understanding how Egyptology has developed can we truly understand the Egyptian past.

Egyptomania Goes To The Movies

Author: Matthew Coniam
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476668280
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"The discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb in 1922, by a sensation-hungry world newly united by mass media, created a wave of fascination unlike anything before. This study traces the origins of 20th century cinema's obsession with Ancient Egypt through previous eras and relates its recurring themes and ideas to the historical reality of the land of the Pharaohs"--

Contesting Antiquity In Egypt

Author: Donald Malcolm Reid
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
ISBN: 9774166892
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Egyptology and Pharaonism to 1930. Egyptology and Pharaonism in Egypt before Tutankhamun -- Nationalizing Tutankhamun -- Western Egyptology in Egypt in the wake of Tutankhamun, 1922-1930 -- Egyptian Egyptology and Pharaonism in the wake of Tutankamon, 1922- 1930 -- Tourism and Islamic, Coptic, and Greco-Roman archaeologies. Consuming antiquity : Western tourism between two revolutions, 1919-1952 -- In the shadow of Egyptology Islamic art and archaeology to 1952 -- Copts and archaeology : sons of Saint Mark/sons of the pharaons -- Alexandria, Egypt, and the Greco-Roman heritage -- Egyptology and Pharaonism to Nasser's revolution. Contesting Egyptology in the 1930s -- Pharaonism and its challengers in the 1930s and 1940s -- Egyptology in the twilight of empire and monarchy, 1939-1952

Foreigners In Ancient Egypt

Author: Flora Brooke Anthony
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147424159X
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In ancient Egypt, one of the primary roles of the king was to maintain order and destroy chaos. Since the beginning of Egyptian history, images of foreigners were used as symbols of chaos and thus shown as captives being bound and trampled under the king's feet. The early 18th dynasty (1550-1372 BCE) was the height of international trade, diplomacy and Egyptian imperial expansion. During this time new images of foreigners bearing tribute became popular in the tombs of the necropolis at Thebes, the burial place of the Egyptian elite. This volume analyses the new presentation of foreigners in these tombs. Far from being chaotic, they are shown in an orderly fashion, carrying tribute that underscores the wealth and prestige of the tomb owner. This orderliness reflects the ability of the Egyptian state to impose order on foreign lands, but also crucially symbolises the tomb owner's ability to overcome the chaos of death and achieve a successful afterlife. Illustrated with colour plates and black-and-white images, this new volume is an important and original study of the significance of these images for the tomb owner and the functioning of the funerary cult.


Author: Ronald H. Fritze
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780236859
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The land of pyramids and sphinxes, pharaohs and goddesses, Egypt has been a source of awe and fascination from the time of the ancient Greeks to the twenty-first century. In Egyptomania, Ronald H. Fritze takes us on a historical journey to unearth the Egypt of the past, a place inhabited by strange gods, powerful magic, spell-binding hieroglyphs, and the uncanny, mummified remains of ancient people. Walking among monumental obelisks and through the dark corridors of long-sealed tombs, he reveals a long-standing fascination with an Egypt of incredible wonder and mystery. As Fritze shows, Egypt has exerted a powerful force on our imagination. Medieval Christians considered it a holy land with many connections to biblical lore, while medieval Muslims were intrigued by its towering monuments, esoteric sciences, and hidden treasures. People of the Renaissance sought Hermes Trismegistus as the ancient originator of astrology, alchemy, and magic, and those of the Baroque pondered the ciphers of the hieroglyphs. Even the ever-practical Napoleon was enchanted by it, setting out in a costly campaign to walk in the footsteps of Alexander the Great through its valleys, by then considered the cradle of Western civilization. And of course the modern era is one still susceptible to the lure of undiscovered tombs and the curses of pharaohs cast on covetous archeologists. Raising ancient Egyptian art and architecture into the light of succeeding history, Fritze offers a portrait of an ancient place and culture that has remained alive through millennia, influencing everything from religion to philosophy to literature to science to popular culture.

Judentum Und Konfession In Der Geschichte Der Deutschsprachigen Gyptologie

Author: Thomas L. Gertzen
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
ISBN: 3110532263
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Die Konfession deutscher Orientalisten rückt zunehmend in den Fokus fachgeschichtlicher Forschung. Dabei bietet das Spannungsfeld von Orientalismus und Antisemitismus nicht nur Ansatzpunkte bei Gelehrtenbiografien jüdischer Wissenschaftler. Die besonderen gesellschaftspolitischen Rahmenbedingungen des „kulturkämpferischen“ Zweiten Deutschen Kaiserreichs lenken den Blick auch auf Konflikte zwischen den christlichen Konfessionen. Der Orientalistik kommt durch ihren Forschungsgegenstand dabei eine Schlüsselrolle zu. Die Ägyptologie in Deutschland hat sich, anders als ihre Nachbardisziplin der Assyriologie, nicht in den „Babel-Bibel-Streit“ verwickeln lassen. Weitgehend staatlich finanziert, mussten deutsche Ägyptologen, anders als ihre angelsächsischen Kollegen, auch nicht „biblische“ Themen aufgreifen, um private Förderer zu gewinnen. Dennoch hatte die Konfession unmittelbaren Einfluss auf Karrieren und Wissenschaftspolitik. Die vorliegende Studie geht diesem Einfluss anhand ausgesuchter Fallbeispiele auf den Grund.

The Millionaire And The Mummies

Author: John M. Adams
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250026709
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Egypt, The Valley of the Kings, 1905: An American robber baron peers through the hole he has cut in an ancient tomb wall and discovers the richest trove of golden treasure ever seen in Egypt. At the start of the twentieth century, Theodore Davis was the most famous archaeologist in the world; his career turned tomb-robbing and treasure-hunting into a science. Using six of Davis's most important discoveries—from the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut's sarcophagus to the exquisite shabti statuettes looted from the Egyptian Museum not too long ago—as a lens around which to focus his quintessentially American rags-to-riches tale, Adams chronicles the dizzying rise of a poor country preacher's son who, through corruption and fraud, amassed tremendous wealth in Gilded Age New York and then atoned for his ruthless career by inventing new standards for systematic excavation in the field of archaeology. Davis found a record eighteen tombs in the Valley and, breaking with custom, gave all the spoils of his discoveries to museums. A confederate of Boss Tweed, friend of Teddy Roosevelt, and rival of J. P. Morgan, the colorful "American Lord Carnarvon" shared his Newport mansion with his Rembrandts, his wife, and his mistress. The only reason Davis has been forgotten by history to a large extent is probably the fact that he stopped just short of King Tutankhamen's tomb, the discovery of which propelled Howard Carter (Davis's erstwhile employee) to worldwide fame just a few short years later. Drawing on rare and never-before-published archival material, The Millionaire and the Mummies, the first biography of Theodore Davis ever written rehabilitates a tarnished image through a thrilling tale of crime and adventure, filled with larger-than-life characters, unimaginable treasures, and exotic settings.