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« Topic Start: March 18, 2010, 02:42:38 pm »

Having read some of the secondary texts on Egyptian religion and magic, I feel ready to start on the primary sources...almost. I'm looking for a history of Ancient Egypt - preferably one which also looks at the social and geographical landscape, so I can see how it informs religious imagery, but since I don't even know the chronological stuff I'd settle for any good, readable account.

Kemet.org's recommended reading lists, among others, Kemp's Ancient Egypt: A Social History (1983) but I've also seen Kemp's Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation (2nd ed, 2005), and reviewers on Amazon have rated Ian Shaw's The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt highly - anyone read any of these, any thoughts? Other recommendations?
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« Reply #1: March 18, 2010, 09:17:33 pm »

Having read some of the secondary texts on Egyptian religion and magic, I feel ready to start on the primary sources...almost. I'm looking for a history of Ancient Egypt - preferably one which also looks at the social and geographical landscape, so I can see how it informs religious imagery, but since I don't even know the chronological stuff I'd settle for any good, readable account.

Kemet.org's recommended reading lists, among others, Kemp's Ancient Egypt: A Social History (1983) but I've also seen Kemp's Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation (2nd ed, 2005), and reviewers on Amazon have rated Ian Shaw's The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt highly - anyone read any of these, any thoughts? Other recommendations?

Jan Assmann's the Mind of Egypt is good.  I've only read part of it though.  It is dense and a chainsaw is needed to get through it. 
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« Reply #2: March 19, 2010, 01:56:16 pm »

Having read some of the secondary texts on Egyptian religion and magic, I feel ready to start on the primary sources...almost. I'm looking for a history of Ancient Egypt - preferably one which also looks at the social and geographical landscape, so I can see how it informs religious imagery, but since I don't even know the chronological stuff I'd settle for any good, readable account.

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I recommend Gods and men in Egypt by Francoise Dunand & Christine Zivie-Coche (Cornell Univ. Press, 2004).
It is written with non-specialists in mind. Another useful book is The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt by Ian Shaw
(Oxford Univ. Press, 2002). These two books are wonderful reference tools that I've used frequently over the years.
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« Reply #3: March 20, 2010, 09:03:04 am »

Jan Assmann's the Mind of Egypt is good.  I've only read part of it though.  It is dense and a chainsaw is needed to get through it. 

Heh thanks for the suggestion - I've seen that in the store as well. Think I'll leave it till later...(when I've bought a chainsaw  Smiley).
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« Reply #4: March 20, 2010, 09:04:40 am »

I recommend Gods and men in Egypt by Francoise Dunand & Christine Zivie-Coche (Cornell Univ. Press, 2004).
It is written with non-specialists in mind. Another useful book is The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt by Ian Shaw
(Oxford Univ. Press, 2002). These two books are wonderful reference tools that I've used frequently over the years.

Thank you! Hadn't heard of the first one. Would the second be all right for a first history book or should I start with something else?
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« Reply #5: March 21, 2010, 07:28:37 pm »

Thank you! Hadn't heard of the first one. Would the second be all right for a first history book or should I start with something else?
Yes, it's very thorough and serves as an excellent reference tool on the various Periods, the pharaohs,
government, economy, regional politics. It does not treat the subject of religion in any detail at all.
Each chapter is written by a specialist in that particular era. Length of book is 512 pages. It's $24.95 paperback.
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« Reply #6: March 22, 2010, 08:00:43 am »

Having read some of the secondary texts on Egyptian religion and magic, I feel ready to start on the primary sources...almost. I'm looking for a history of Ancient Egypt - preferably one which also looks at the social and geographical landscape, so I can see how it informs religious imagery, but since I don't even know the chronological stuff I'd settle for any good, readable account.

Kemet.org's recommended reading lists, among others, Kemp's Ancient Egypt: A Social History (1983) but I've also seen Kemp's Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation (2nd ed, 2005), and reviewers on Amazon have rated Ian Shaw's The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt highly - anyone read any of these, any thoughts? Other recommendations?

If you ever want to read about the religious revolution of Ankhenaten, I'm your girl! In the mean time, SetAset, Setnakht, Darkhawk, and Bastemhet are great for reading recs.
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« Reply #7: March 22, 2010, 12:49:43 pm »

Yes, it's very thorough and serves as an excellent reference tool on the various Periods, the pharaohs,
government, economy, regional politics. It does not treat the subject of religion in any detail at all.
Each chapter is written by a specialist in that particular era. Length of book is 512 pages. It's $24.95 paperback.

I'll agree with SatAset and Setnakht for book recommendations, but I also recommend using directtextbooks.com to find the cheapest price online if you choose to order it rather than find it at a bookstore.
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« Reply #8: March 29, 2010, 12:43:03 pm »

I'll agree with SatAset and Setnakht for book recommendations, but I also recommend using directtextbooks.com to find the cheapest price online if you choose to order it rather than find it at a bookstore.

Thank you all! I think I'll start with the Shaw book then, and even better than ordering it, I've found it in my classics library.  Smiley
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