Daily life in ancient Egypt : recreating Lahun /

Using the life of a young girl and her family as a model, this book recreates the daily life of the middle-class residents of the ancient town of Lahun during Egypt's Middle Kingdom period. This perfect snapshot in time has been painstakingly recreated using recently published textual data and...

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Main Author: Szpakowska, Kasia Maria.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2008.
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Archaeological evidence for the material aspects of daily life in ancient Egypt is abundant and revealing. In this interesting addition to the growing body of scholarship on the social and cultural history of ancient Egypt, Szapkowska (Univ. of Wales, Swansea) treats in succession birth, home life, personal possessions, crafts and trades, learning and related topics, religion, sickness, death, and love. What sets her book apart from other similar works is its restriction to the Middle Kingdom town of Lahun and the author's reliance primarily on material from that site. To enliven the discussion, Szapkowska organizes her book around the life experience of a fictional "middle class" girl named Hedjerit. Unfortunately, the result is not completely successful. The idea of using the material evidence from Lahun to illustrate the stages of Hedjerit's life is clever, but the objects recovered from the town are too disparate for it to succeed. The focus on Middle Kingdom Lahun, however, does allow readers to get a clearer sense of life in a particular place than other similarly titled works provide. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. S. M. Burstein emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles

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