Ancient Egyptian cities and towns have been some of the least-studied aspects of this great civilization. Now, new research and excavation are transforming our knowledge. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of what we know about settlements during the dynastic period.
From the earliest city, Hierakonpolis, founded around 3000 BC, to the metropolis of Alexandria, the development of urban living is explored throughout the Nile Valley and Delta. Different parts of Egyptian cities and towns are examined in detail, with accounts of the sacred precincts, royal palaces and fortifications as well as forensic descriptions of typical houses. Beyond the architecture, you are introduced to daily life in ancient Egypt: from provisioning of food to evidence of sport and leisure activities, from schooling to the ritual activities surrounding death, from labour to politics to religion. Evidence from literature, scribal texts, inscriptions and graffiti, artifacts and architectural remains combine to re-create in amazing detail everyday lives in these communities. Stunning illustrations and detailed maps bring the urban landscape of ancient Egypt to life. A full detailed gazetteer of sites is also included.
'A feast of facts for any Egyptophile ... Any serious traveller venturing along the Nile Valley today should take this book with them, while those who prefer armchair travelling will gain much pleasure from learning about these ancient cities without having to stir from home' Minerva
'A comprehensive appraisal of cities and city life in dynastic Egypt' Ancient Egypt
'The first concise summary presenting Egyptian settlement archaeology to a wider audience' Egyptian Archaeology
Introduction • 1. The Rise of the City • 2. Cities for Kings and Gods • 3. Cities for People • 4. Graeco-Roman Egypt • 5. Gazetteer of Cities and Towns of Ancient Egypt • Epilogue
About the Author
Steven Snape is a lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Garstang Museum of Archaeology, also in Liverpool. He is a recognized authority and an experienced settlement archaeologist, who currently leads excavations at Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham.