Academic journal article African Studies Review

Encounters with Ancient Egypt

Academic journal article African Studies Review

Encounters with Ancient Egypt

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Peter Ucko, series ed. Encounters with Ancient Egypt. 8 vols. London: UCL Press, 2003. Distributed by Cavendish Publishing, c/o International Specialized Book Services, 5824 NE Hassalo St., Portland, Ore. 97213-3444. $47.50 each. Paper.

How has ancient Egypt's rich legacy been perceived by different generations of outsiders, in different places? How has Egypt's influence evolved in response to changing contexts? Why does Egypt's past continue to capture our imagination? Conversely, how did the ancient Egyptians view their own past, and how did they view foreign lands? These are some of the issues addressed in Encounters with Ancient Egypt, an ambitious series of eight books that covers the way different aspects of Egypt have been reconfigured over time, from antiquity to the present.

The Encounters with Ancient Egypt series had its genesis in an international conference held at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, in December 2000. Although the books also include papers commissioned separately, the fact that eight books came out of a single conference is testament to lively scholarly interest at the moment not only in the announced subject, but also, more broadly, in the shifting nature of history. The authors come from a variety of disciplines, offering multifaceted analysis and plentiful new information. …

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