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The Egyptian World

Edited by Toby Wilkinson

© 2008 – Routledge

592 pages

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Authoritative and up-to-date, this key single-volume work is a thematic exploration of ancient Egyptian civilization and culture as it was expressed down the centuries.

Including topics rarely covered elsewhere as well as new perspectives, this work comprises thirty-two original chapters written by international experts. Each chapter gives an overview of its topic, and also covers the latest research in the area. Chapters are divided thematically into seven sections, to enable a broader understanding of all the complexities of ancient Egyptian society without the constriction of chronological divisions, and illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and drawings.

Providing fresh perspectives on this ancient culture, a digest of current research trends in Egyptology as well as a unique examination of the Egyptian world, this fascinating title enables students to gain a clear understanding of ancient Egyptian society.


"Few books examine the broader topics of ancient Egyptian culture, but that is exactly what this impressive volume does…it should be a must-have and must-read volume for anyone studying ancient Egypt, for there are important subjects covered and explored here, that you will not find easily elsewhere." Ancient Egypt, December 2007

"The Egyptian World is a fine addition to the Routledge Worlds series and will remain an authoritative reference on major topics in Egyptology for many years to come." Robyn A. Gillam, Chronique d'Egypte, 2011

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Contributors

Chronology and king list


Toby Wilkinson

Part I: Environments

1 The Nile Valley

David Jeffreys

2 The Delta

Penelops Wilson

3 The deserts

John Darnell

4 The oases

A.J. Mills

5 Urban life

Nadine Moeller

Part II: Institutions

6 The monarchy

Aidan Dodson

7 The administration

Chris Naunron and Karen Exell

8 The temple priesthood

Rosalie David

9 The army

Tony Spalinger

Part III: Economies

10 Agriculture and animal husbandry

Douglas Brewer

11 Craft production and technology

Anna Stevens and Mark Eccleston

12 Labour

Kathlyn M. Cooney

13 State and private enterprise

Edward Bleiberg

14 Land tenure and taxation

Sally Katary

Part IV: Societies

15 Gender and sexuality

T.G. Wilfong

16 Ethnicity and culture

Stuart Tyson Smith

17 Local identities

Fredrik Hagen

18 Morality and ethics

Boyo G. Ockinga

19 Law

Schafik Allam

Part V: Ideologies

20 Kingship

Katja Goebs

21 Creation myths

Lucia Gahlin

22 Temple cults

Emily Teeter

23 Private religion

Lucia Gahlin

24 Afterlife beliefs and burial customs

Salima Ikram

Part VI: Aesthetics

25 Art

Gay Robbins

26 Architecture

Kate Spence

27 Literature

James Allen

Part VII: Interactions

28 Egypt and Nubia

Timothy Kendall

29 Egypt and the Levant

Manfred Bietak

30 Egypt and Mesopotamia

Toby Wilkinson

31 Egypt and the Mediterranean world

Louise Steel

32 Egypt and the modern world

Andrew Bednarski



About the Editor

Toby Wilkinson is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham. His publications include Early Dynastic Egypt, The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, and Lives of the Ancient Egyptians.

About the Series

Routledge Worlds

The Routledge Worlds are magisterial surveys of key historical epochs, edited and written by world-renowned experts. Giving unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage, they are the works against which all future books on their subjects will be judged and are essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HISTORY / Ancient / Egypt