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Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt #2020

Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt Much of the literature on ancient Egypt centers on pharaohs or on elite conceptions of the afterlife This scintillating book examines how ordinary ancient Egyptians lived their lives Drawing on the re

  • Title: Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt
  • Author: Lynn Meskell
  • ISBN: 9780691120584
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt By Lynn Meskell, Much of the literature on ancient Egypt centers on pharaohs or on elite conceptions of the afterlife This scintillating book examines how ordinary ancient Egyptians lived their lives Drawing on the remarkably rich and detailed archaeological, iconographic, and textual evidence from some 450 years of the New Kingdom, as well as recent theoretical innovations from severalMuch of the literature on ancient Egypt centers on pharaohs or on elite conceptions of the afterlife This scintillating book examines how ordinary ancient Egyptians lived their lives Drawing on the remarkably rich and detailed archaeological, iconographic, and textual evidence from some 450 years of the New Kingdom, as well as recent theoretical innovations from several fields, it reconstructs private and social life from birth to death The result is a meaningful portrait composed of individual biographies, communities, and landscapes.Structured according to the cycles of life, the book relies on categories that the ancient Egyptians themselves used to make sense of their lives Lynn Meskell gracefully sifts the evidence to reveal Egyptian domestic arrangements, social and family dynamics, sexuality, emotional experience, and attitudes toward the cadences of human life She discusses how the Egyptians of the New Kingdom constituted and experienced self, kinship, life stages, reproduction, and social organization And she examines their creation of communities and the material conditions in which they lived Also included is neglected information on the formation of locality and the construction of gender and sexual identity and new evidence from the mortuary record, including important new data on the burial of children Throughout, Meskell is careful to highlight differences among ancient Egyptians the ways, for instance, that ethnicity, marital status, age, gender, and occupation patterned their experiences.Readers will come away from this book with new insights on how life may have been experienced and conceived of by ancient Egyptians in all their variety This makes Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt unique in Egyptology and fascinating to read.

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    1. Lynn Meskell s Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt is an attempt to critically reconstruct the experiences and views of life in Ancient Egypt, specifically around the 18th to 20th dynasties, the peak of Ancient Egyptian civilisation The book is divided into seven chapters The first introduces Meskell s interpretative framework from a range of disciplines which she then uses to carefully analyse and explore the notions of private life in Egypt over the next six chapters Locals and Communities, Soci [...]

    2. An interesting attempt to reconstruct the experiences of life in the New Kingdom, drawing on literary and archaeological evidence and using methods from many disciplines.

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