The Mind of Egypt: History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Mind of Egypt Drawing on a range of literary, iconographic and archaeological sources, this volume presents an account of the mainsprings of ancient Egyptian civiilisation - the ideals, values, mentalities, belief systems and aspirations that shaped a territorial state in human history.
- Published: 27 September 2002
- Format: Hardback 513 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780805054620 ISBN 10: 0805054626
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The Mind of Egypt presents an unprecedented account of the mainsprings of Egyptian civilization - the ideals, values, mentalities, belief systems, and aspirations that shaped the first territorial state in human history. Drawing on a range of literary, iconographic, and archaeological sources, renowned historian Jan Assmann reconstructs a world of unparalleled complexity, a culture that, long before others, possessed an extraordinary degree of awareness and self-reflection. - Moving through successive periods of Egyptian civilization, from its beginnings in the Fifth Millennium b.c. until the rise of Christianity 4,500 years later, Assmann traces the crucial roles of the Pharaohs, the Priests, and the imperial bureaucracy. He explores the ideal relation of man to God and explains monumental architecture and ritual celebrations as expressions of that ideal. Most strikingly, he focuses on the meaningful world of ancient Egypt - the multiple notions of time, the structures of immortality, and the commitment to the principle of social justice and human fellowship.