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The Mind of Egypt: History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs

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From one of the world's greatest Egyptologists, an original and brilliant study of the inner life of ancient Egypt

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, iconograph...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published April 12th 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 1996)
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Jan Assmann delves beyond Egyptian history into the history of how the Egyptians thought about themselves and viewed the world and their own history. Assmann supports his points with plenty of examples from Egyptian literature and art, and presents a rather convincing case. At times he can get rather into the technical theory side of things, and I must admit during those moments I had problems keeping my eyes open, however for the most part his explanations are surprisingly clear – he takes the...more
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This book is basically a history of ancient Egyptian ideology, how the Egyptian elite thought of the world and their place in it. As such it focuses not so much on the archeological traces that the Egyptians left without intending to or on the literal content of the messages that they recorded as on the purposes implicit in their decision to compose each record in the first place. Also because of the subject, the book is full of sweeping, speculative theses that I nevertheless found at least as...more
Jun 24, 2009 Cassa marked it as lifes-too-short  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if this is dull in general or if the bits I managed to slog through are just dull because not much of interest happened before the pharaohs--or if it's all just over my head.
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Assmann studied Egyptology and classical archaeology in Munich, Heidelberg, Paris, and Göttingen. In 1966-67, he was a fellow of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, where he continued as an independent scholar from 1967 to 1971. After completing his habilitation in 1971, he was named a professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg in 1976, where he taught until his retirement i...more
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