BOOK REVIEW - The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt - Steven Snape


There is an amazing series by the Thames and Hudson publishing company that takes you into the most comprehensive and detailed publications available on the topics of Ancient Egypt. Known as the 'Complete Series', these books provide the most beautiful photographs and the most detailed diagrams that you will find.


This series involves The Complete Pyramids by Mark Lehner, the Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt by Richard Wilkinson, and the Complete valley of the Kings by both Nicholas Reeves and Richard Wilkinson. This new edition is the book entitled, The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt, by Dr, Steven Snape, who is an archaeologist from the University of Liverpool. This work focuses on the cultural and urban elements of Ancient Egypt.



From early towns to booming metropolises, The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt explores every facet of urban life in ancient Egypt with a leading authority in the field as a guide.


Ancient Egyptian cities and towns have until recently been one of the least-studied and least-published aspects of this great ancient civilization. Now, new research and excavation are transforming our knowledge. This is the first book to bring these latest discoveries to a wide audience and to provide a comprehensive overview of what we know about ancient settlement during the dynastic period.



The cities range in date from early urban centers to large metropolises. From houses to palaces to temples, the different parts of Egyptian cities and towns are examined in detail, giving a clear picture of the urban world. The inhabitants, from servants to Pharaoh, are vividly brought to life, placed in the context of the civil administration that organized every detail of their lives.


Famous cities with extraordinary buildings and fascinating histories are also examined here through detailed individual treatments, including: Memphis, home of the pyramid–building kings of the Old Kingdom; Thebes, containing the greatest concentration of monumental buildings from the ancient world; and Amarna, intimately associated with the pharaoh Akhenaten. An analysis of information from modern excavations and ancient texts recreates vibrant ancient communities, providing range and depth beyond any other publication on the subject.


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