Book, Print in English

A history of ancient Egypt: from the first farmers to the Great Pyramid

John Romer.
  • New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2013.
  • First U.S. edition.
  • xxvii, 475 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Subjects
Summary
  • The first volume of a history of the earliest days of ancient Egypt challenges popular archaeological understandings to chronicle the ancient world's first agricultural practices through the construction of the pyramids.
Contents
  • pt. One Making Culture (5000-3000 BC)
  • 1. Beside the Pale Lake Living in the Faiyum, c. 5000-4000 BC
  • Nile Year
  • Measured Lives
  • 2. Sickle Sheen Most Ancient Egypt and the Neolithic
  • `Egyptianness'
  • 3. Merimda and el-Omari Lower Egypt, 4800-4300 BC
  • Cemeteries of el-Omari
  • Merimda Head
  • Big Mistake
  • Neolithic Revolution?
  • Character of Change
  • 4. Badarians Middle Egypt, 4400-4000 BC
  • Badarian Pottery
  • Badarian Landscapes
  • Pots and History
  • Living People
  • Burial of the Dead
  • 5. Black-topped, White-lined Life in Upper Egypt, 4000-3500 BC
  • Graphic Image
  • Settling and Herding
  • Naqada, Abydos and Hierakonpolis
  • 6. Cloud across the Moon Death in Upper Egypt, 4000-3200 BC
  • Oval Court
  • Great Tombs
  • 7. Boats and Donkeys Copper, Trade and Influence within the Lower Nile Valley, 3500-3000 BC
  • Boats and Pots
  • Maadi-Buto: Import-Export
  • 8. Rolling Along Of Men and Monsters, 3500-3000 BC
  • New Space
  • New Forms
  • pt. Two Making Pharaoh (3200-3000 BC)
  • 9. Scorpion and Hawk 3200-3000 bc
  • Wine-Rich Tomb
  • 10. Coming of the King The Origins of Hieroglyphs, c. 3000 BC
  • Interpretations
  • On the Origins of Hieroglyphics
  • 11. Narmer's Palette The Qualities of Kings, c. 3000 BC
  • Purposes and Meanings
  • 12. Hawk upon the Wall History, Land and Naqadan Resettlement, 3500-3000 BC
  • Migrations
  • 13. Taking Wing Naqadan Emigration, 3500-3000 BC
  • Into the Delta
  • Into the Levant
  • Into Nubia
  • 14. Taking Stock Ordering and Accounting within the Early State
  • Counting and Accounting
  • Order of the State
  • 15. Shadows of Birds Rite and Sacrifice within the Early State
  • Tithe and Ceremonial
  • Sacred and Profane
  • pt. Three Making a Kingdom (3000-2650 BC)
  • 16. Serekh Tomb The Story of the Naqada Mastaba, c. 3000 BC
  • Uruk in Egypt
  • 17. Line of Kings The First Dynasty Royal Tombs, 3000-2825 BC
  • Reconstructing Ancient Abydos
  • Histories and Kings
  • Aigyptiaka: Manetho and the Dynasties
  • 18. Lost Dynasty Fake Histories, Real Lives: Dynasty Two, 2825-2675 BC
  • Let me call you Sweetheart?
  • From Anthroponomy to History
  • Aswan 1 - 2 - 3
  • 19. Wheeling Hawk Refining Egypt: Dynasties One, Two and Three
  • Trading Cliches
  • Material World
  • Before and After
  • 20. Realms of Pharaoh Dynasties One and Three
  • Politics of Sacrifice
  • King Djet's Comb
  • Tithe and Sacrifice
  • 21. Two Gentlemen of Saqqara Merka and Hesi-re: Dynasties One and Three
  • Merka
  • Mariette and Hesi-re
  • Order and the Court
  • Constancy and Change
  • Ars Brevis
  • pt. Four Step Pyramid (2675-2650 BC)
  • 22. Djoser's Kingdom
  • Djoser and History
  • Switch to Stone
  • To Make a Pyramid
  • Antiquarian
  • 23. Heb Sediana Visions of the Pyramid
  • Egyptian Leonardo
  • Forms and Functions
  • 24. Deus Absconditus The Hidden God
  • Demesne of the Shrine
  • 25. In Consequence The Pyramid's Effect
  • pt. Five Building Ancient Egypt (2650-2550 BC)
  • 26. Diadem of Pyramids 2650-2625 BC
  • In the Provinces
  • 27. Court and Country Metjen and the Early Reign of Sneferu, 2625-2600 BC
  • Meanings of Words
  • 28. High Society Sneferu at Maidum, 2625-2600 BC
  • Country Life
  • Life and Death at Maidum
  • State in Life and Death
  • Offering at the Pyramid
  • Annals
  • 29. Building Passion Sneferu at Dahshur, 2600-2575 BC
  • History in Stone
  • Building the Machine
  • Running the Machine
  • 30. Making the Gods Deity at Dahshur, 2600-2575 BC
  • In the Image of the King
  • Place of Kings
  • 31. Perfect Pyramid Khufu and Giza, 2575-2550 BC
  • Imagining the Pyramid
  • State Machine
  • After the Pyramid
  • Tomb of Khufu's Mother.
Other information
  • "First published in Great Britain by Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books"--T.p. verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-440) and index.
ISBN
  • 9781250030115 (hardcover)
  • 1250030110 (hardcover)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2013012485
  • OCLC: 811597800
  • OCLC: 811597800