By Paul Brunton

ISBN-10: 0943914981

ISBN-13: 9780943914985

Web page through web page, this deluxe, lavishly illustrated re-creation of BruntonOs vintage non secular travelogue exhibits EgyptOs significant splendors, long-hidden temples, underground chambers, shrines, and artifacts because the writer observed them within the Thirties and as they're now--along with attention-grabbing internal photos of EgyptOs old mysteries and enlightening talks with Islamic leaders. in particular designed maps/diagrams hint his footsteps effectively

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Senwosret III was deified in Nubia and remained its patron during the New Kingdom, and echoes of his military might can be traced in the Greek historians and geographers. The royal portrait statues show the king variously, not just as idealised but also as fiercely haggard, a style which continued with great artistry under Amenemhat III. Under this king the grandiose tombs built by families of local rulers reached a peak and then ceased, and this has suggested to some that there was a major administrative reform, curbing 'feudal power'.

Their characteristic structure is exemplified in the so-called 'onomastica' (18), which are epitomes of the Egyptian tradition of knowledge as compendia of terminology. , 45). The modern reader who does not readily consider these texts to be 'literature' should perhaps think again. The early 18th-Dynasty medical manuscript known as Papyrus Ebers, for example, shows no signs of wear (unlike 20), which suggests that it was kept for purposes other than practical use, namely as a source of knowledge for its own sake.

The old royal family seems to have died out, although there was a strong sense of continuity: the capital remained at Itj-tawi and the names of several rulers echoed those of their 12th-Dynasty predecessors. The kings included a family of Sobekhoteps (though not in immediate succession). Control of lower Nubia was intially maintained and the country displayed no indications of political disintegration. The short reigns, however, are contemporaneous with a decline in the artistic products of the royal workshops.

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