The discipline of Egyptology has been criticized for being too insular, with little awareness of the development of archaeologies elsewhere. It has remained theoretically underdeveloped. For example, Egyptologists and Africanists have rarely considered the role of Ancient Egypt within Africa. Egypt's own view of itself has been neglected; views of it in the ancient past, in more recent times and today have remained underexposed. The Complete Set of Encounters with Ancient Egypt is a series of eight books, which addresses these issues. The books interrelate, inform and illuminate one another and will appeal to a wide market including academics, students and the general public interested in Archaeology, Egyptology, Anthropology, Architecture, Design and History. This is an indispensable acquisition in any library.
"The series is well organized, informative and comprehensive. Through careful analysis of a multiplicity of sources at hand, the authors, who come from a great variety of disciplines, have presented us with a series that is at once substantial as well as engaging and innovative. An extraordinary work of synthesis, the series promises to endure as an important contribution to the study of Ancient Egypt." -Ronald Leprohon, University of Toronto
"These are volumes that will be well used over he coming years and, collectively, they give a view of the Ancient Egyptians and how they saw themselves, but mainly their tremendous influence on other cultures, both contemporary and also others, long after the Ancient Egyptian civilisation ended, right up to the present day." -Ancient Egypt Magazine
"There is much useful and informative material here.In each text, notes and acknowledgements follow individual chapters; references for all of the papers are conveniently given at the end of the text. It might also be said that the combined references for all volumes provide a resource in themselves. The general editing has been well done and the illustrations have been carefully selected. This is a collection of great value to the student of the culture and history of ancient Egypt and its place in the ancient world as well as of its widespread and lasting influence." -Journal of the American Oriental Soiety
"The volumes are very well conceived. While each is independent, they are well cross-referenced so that topics of particular interest can be followed across several volumes. Overall, this is a series of books that should be in any university library…the content goes a long way to advance the study of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology and to establish its place within world archaeology" -Paul Nicholson, The Times Higher Education Supplement
"Conferences are the primary venues where scholarly discourse takes place. Conference proceedings, however, have an established and deservedly bad reputation. Like all too many of the conferences in which they originate, proceedings often consist of a mass of disparate papers only loosely connected to each other by disciplinary ties. Encounters with Ancient Egypt is that rare thing, an innovative and extraordinarily interesting set of conference proceedings….Encounters with Ancient Egypt is a significant contribution to both Egyptology and cultural studies. This excellent set belongs in all university libraries." -S. M. Burstein, Choice "With this astonishing little row of paperbacks, Egyptology finally comes out with its hands up and begins to talk. There is almost nothing here of that choice between flabby mystification and archaeo-gabble which has made books about Ancient Egypt so irritating to most readers. Instead of talking about material relics, several dozen authors discuss what Ancient Egypt has come to mean to us in the modern age-and what it meant to the Egyptians themselves." -Neal Acherson, The Observer