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

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

  • Title: The Mind of Egypt: History and Meaning in the Time of the Pharaohs
  • Author: Jan Assmann Andrew Jenkins
  • ISBN: 9780674012110
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, iconographic, and archaeological sources, the renowned historian Jan Assmann reconstructs a world of unparalleled complexi 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, iconographic, and archaeological sources, the renowned historian Jan Assmann reconstructs a world of unparalleled complexity, a culture that, long before others, possessed an extraordinary degree of awareness and self reflection.

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    • Jan Assmann Andrew Jenkins

      Assmann studied Egyptology and classical archaeology in Munich, Heidelberg, Paris, and G ttingen 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 in 2003 He was then named an honorary professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Constance, where he is today.In the 1990s Assmann and his wife Aleida Assmann developed a theory of cultural and communicative memory that has received much international attention He is also known beyond Egyptology circles for his interpretation of the origins of monotheism, which he considers as a break from earlier cosmotheism, first with Atenism and later with the Exodus from Egypt of the Israelites.



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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 [...]


    • 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 th [...]


    • Ein Meilenstein der Ägyptologie. Vorkenntnisse der Geschichte sind zwar zwecks Orientierung sinnvoll, aber auch hier gibt Assmann ausreichend Überblick. Mit dieser "Sinngeschichte" bricht das Bild des alten Ägyptens als monolithischer Block unwandelbarer Tradition und legt Schicht um Schicht ihrer Umwandlungen und Brüche dar. Solche Bücher sind der Kern der Geschichtsschreibung, schade, dass sie dabei stets in absoluter Minderheit bleiben werden.


    • While it is undoubtedly a scholarly & beautifully-written book (Mr. Assmann's erudtion is irrefutable), it is - nonetheless - not for the faint of heart: it took some time to plod through it.


    • 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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