The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt

The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt

  1. Steven Snape
  • ISBN 9780500051795
  • 25.40 x 19.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 240pp
  • 242 Illustrations, 193 in colour
  • First published 2014

City by city, discover the rich sophistication of urban life under the Pharaohs. Stunning illustrations and detailed maps bring the urban landscape of ancient Egypt to life

‘Thames & Hudson are renowned for their excellent series of Egyptology titles for a wide general readership. This latest well-illustrated volume by Steven Snape is a welcome addition … a comprehensive appraisal of cities and city life in dynastic Egypt’ – Ancient Egypt
‘A feast of facts for any Egyptophile. Any serious traveller venturing along the Nile Valley today should take this book with them, while those who prefer armchair travelling will gain much pleasure from learning about these ancient cities without having to stir from home’ – Minerva
‘'The Complete Cities' is the first concise summary presenting Egyptian settlement archaeology to a wider audience’– Egyptian Archaeology

The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt has a range and depth beyond any other publication on the subject and will quickly become the standard work, as well as appealing to all those who seek to look beyond the tombs and temples to the urban life of those who made their homes along the Nile.

Detailed treatments of the most famous cities including:
• Memphis, home of the pyramid-building kings of the Old Kingdom;
• Thebes, with the greatest concentration of monumental buildings from the ancient world;
• Amarna, intimately associated with the pharaoh Akhenaten.

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Ancient communities are vividly described at:
• Giza, the dormitory-town of the builders of the Great Pyramid;
• Kahun, the settlement of the priests and officials who ran the pyramid-complex of Senwosret II;
• Deir el-Medina, the village of the skilled artists who built and decorated the tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

The Cities of Ancient Egypt spread

Ancient Egyptian cities and towns have been some of the least-studied aspects of this great civilization. Now, new research and excavation are transforming our knowledge. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of what we know about settlements during the dynastic period.

From the earliest city, Hierakonpolis, founded around 3000 BC, to the metropolis of Alexandria, the development of urban living is explored throughout the Nile Valley and Delta. Different parts of Egyptian cities and towns are examined in detail, with accounts of the sacred precincts, royal palaces and fortifications as well as forensic descriptions of typical houses.

Beyond the architecture, the reader is introduced to daily life in ancient Egypt: from provisioning of food to evidence of sport and leisure activities, from schooling to the ritual activities surrounding death, from labour to politics to religion. Evidence from literature, scribal texts, inscriptions and graffiti, artifacts and architectural remains combine to re-create in amazing detail everyday lives in these communities.

Includes a detailed gazetteer of sites

Steven Snape teaches Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. Settlement archaeology in Egypt is one of his major research subjects, particularly during his excavations at the Ramesside fortress town of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham. His publications include Ancient Egyptian Tombs: The Culture of Life and Death.


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