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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381775864980 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt by Lynn Meskell. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 256 pages. Publisher: Princeton Paperbacks; (2004). Much of the literature on ancient Egypt centers on pharaohs or on elite conceptions of the afterlife. This scintillating book examines how ordinary ancient Egyptians lived their lives. Drawing on the remarkably rich and detailed archaeological, iconographic, and textual evidence from some 450 years of the New Kingdom, as well as recent theoretical innovations from several fields, it reconstructs private and social life from birth to death. The result is a meaningful portrait composed of individual biographies, communities, and landscapes. Structured according to the cycles of life, the book relies on categories that the ancient Egyptians themselves used to make sense of their lives. Lynn Meskell gracefully sifts the evidence to reveal Egyptian domestic arrangements, social and family dynamics, sexuality, emotional experience, and attitudes toward the cadences of human life. She discusses how the Egyptians of the New Kingdom constituted and experienced self, kinship, life stages, reproduction, and social organization. And she examines their creation of communities and the material conditions in which they lived. Also included is neglected information on the formation of locality and the construction of gender and sexual identity and new evidence from the mortuary record, including important new data on the burial of children. Throughout, Meskell is careful to highlight differences among ancient Egyptians; the ways, for instance, that ethnicity, marital status, age, gender, and occupation patterned their experiences. Readers will come away from this book with new insights on how life may have been experienced and conceived of by ancient Egyptians in all their variety. This makes “Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt” unique in Egyptology and fascinating to read. CONDITION: New oversized softcover. Princeton (2004) 256 pages. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1786a. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Lynn Meskell is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University and Field Director of a major urban excavation in Egypt. She is the founding editor of the “Journal of Social Archaeology”, the author of “Archaeologies of Social Life: Age, Sex, Class Et Cetera in Ancient Egypt”, and the editor of “Archaeology Under Fire: Nationalism, Politics, and Heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East”. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: “Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt” is a happy example of a synthesis of factual knowledge and theoretical questioning. It has much to say, both about a particular and well-documented society and about the nature of the suppositions that a modern scholar needs to bring to such a society to make sense of it. It brings together an impressive range of material, sets this material sensibly in context and uses the testimony of an ancient society to remind us what it is to be human, and how life's challenges and limitations need to be met. REVIEW: Lynn Meskell has written the most detailed and insightful account of ordinary life in New Kingdom Egypt ever to see print. It will supersede all previous works on this subject. It is an original, stimulating, and readable work. The author presents life in ancient Egypt in an illuminating biographical framework, treating personal relations, gender, and sexuality extensively on the basis of a uniquely rich archaeological and textual record, especially from Deir el-Medina. The book makes a most valuable contribution at the levels of theory and of vital and accessible data. REVIEW: Drawing on extensive archaeological and textual evidence, Meskell draws a richly nuanced picture of life in New Kingdom Egypt. Informative, well researched, entertaining, it makes an important contribution to the field. For general readers the book will clearly be an extremely useful source for understanding the private lives of the Egyptians at this time. For Egyptologists it should provide a unified, up-to-date view of this aspect of the subject and Lynn Meskell has done scholars a service in writing it. REVIEW: Egyptology has been for many decades an intensely conservative, text-based discipline. Meskell's work is refreshing for breaking away to reassess textual, visual, and archaeological evidence to reconstruct how individuals experienced private life in the New Kingdom. It is well written and very accessible; an excellent and innovative project that will appeal to a broad audience of scholars, students, and general readers. READER REVIEW: REVIEW: There are a wide variety of books on Ancient Egypt; they go from the pseudo-scientific-aliens-created-the-pyramids to the popular books for the general audience to the academic ones and everything in-between. “Private Life in New Kingdom Egypt” is a scholarly book. It uses short citations within the text to show where the author, an associate professor at Columbia University, acquired her ideas and information. What is in this book? Chapter One, Interpretive Framework, establishes the author's ideas. Meskell's main focus is on the living. How did the ancient Egyptians live and how did they think and feel. Chapter Two, Locales and Communities, is about how the Egyptians thought of themselves as a nation, people and local community. What did they call themselves? How are they different from other people around them? It is also how cities and houses were set up. Chapter Three, Social Selves, the idea of personhood from pregnancy, birth, stages of life to death is examined. Chapter Four, Founding a House, marriage, personal relationships within a household and who encompasses part of a household are examined. Chapter Five, Love, Eroticism, and the Sexual Self, is self-explanatory. There are highly interesting things on how sexuality was thought by the Egyptians, which are different from how our modern society interprets things. Chapter Six, Embodied Knowledge, items used by the body and how it explains the Egyptians are what this chapter looks at. Chapter Seven, Cycles of Death and Life, examines the idea of death in the non-elite society. There is a short Postscript, which is a kind of conclusion. This book is 238 pages long and contains notes, a bibliography and an index. Professor Lynn Meskell draws on text, archeology items, art, and ideas in sociology and anthropology to bring us as close to the Egyptians of the Middle Kingdom as possible. Unfortunately, she is not writing a popular text for the general audience, so her ideas might have to wait for some people. Ideas from academia usually surface first in papers published for other scholars, books published for the collegiate world, then books for the general audience and then documentaries seen on television, in which complex ideas are often lost in visuals or sensationalism. If you are looking for a read for the general audience then this is not your book. Try books by Bob Brier or Joann Fletcher or others. This book, however, should not be used as an introductory text to the world of Ancient Egypt. But sooner or later, if you're interested in more than People Magazine or the Alien-Atlantis theory of Egypt, the tomes of academia will call you. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. 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If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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