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The Ancient Egyptian State: The Origins of Egyptian Culture (c. 8000-2000 BC)

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This book focuses on the development of Egypt in its formative phase, from ca. 5200 BC, when Egyptians first began farming wheat and barley, until 2160 BC, as Egypt s central government weakened and appears to have fallen into disorder. During these millennia, which coincide with the Predynastic, Early Dynastic, and Old Kingdom periods, Egyptian civilization became increas ...more
Hardcover, 395 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2009)
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Tony
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Good introduction to the development of the Egyptian civilization. The writing is easy to follow, not your typical textbook-type prose, and is full of amusing sidenotes and anecdotes. It provides a good introduction to the environment and geography of Egypt and how archaeological and textual evidence was discovered and interpreted to give our present picture of what ancient Egypt was like and how the Dynastic state developed.

It's written primarily as a textbook for introductory courses in Egypt
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Morgiana
This book is a fairly good introduction to early Egyptian civilization. It's very easy to read, and Wenke does not just jump into the subject, providing two introductory chapters describing the Egyptians' world (physical environment, demographics, food, etc.). I thought that was a nice touch, particularly for those who are not familiar with ancient Egypt. I could have done without the last chapter with the theoretical analysis of state origins, but this is entirely due to my dislike of anthropol ...more
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