Society and Death in Ancient Egypt: Mortuary Landscapes of the Middle Kingdom (Paperback)
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Short Description for Society and Death in Ancient Egypt Janet Richards considers social stratification in Middle Kingdom Egypt.
- Published: 17 September 2009
- Format: Paperback 264 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521119832 ISBN 10: 0521119839
- Sales rank: 588,271
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In Society and Death in Ancient Egypt, Janet Richards considers social stratification in Middle Kingdom Egypt, taking as the point of departure the assumption that a 'middle class' arose during this period. By focusing on the entire range of mortuary behavior, rather than on elite remains, she shows how social and political processes can be reconstructed. Richards demonstrates that the roots of the middle class can be traced to the later Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period. Combining information from excavations, ancient Egyptian texts, and decorative reliefs and statuary, the book weaves together a wide variety of sources that aid us in understanding how Middle Kingdom Egyptians thought about society and death and how their practices and landscapes relating to death reveal information about the living society.