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Lost Civilizations

Christina Riggs



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Reaktion Books
28 February 2022
From ancient Rome to the present day, ancient Egypt has been a source of fascination and inspiration in many other cultures. But why? Christina Riggs introduces the history, art and religion of Egypt from its earliest dynasties to its final fall to Rome - and explores the influence ancient Egypt has had through the centuries. Looking for a vanished past, she argues, always serves some purpose in the present.
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781789145878
ISBN 10:   1789145872
Series:   Lost Civilizations
Pages:   208
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Chronology 1 Looking for Ancient Egypt 2 Forty Centuries 3 Sacred Signs 4 Taken in the Flood 5 Walking Like an Egyptian 6 Vipers, Vixens and the Vengeful Dead 7 Out of Africa 8 Counting the Years 9 Still Looking References Bibliography Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index

Christina Riggs is Professor of the History of Visual Culture, Durham University, and specializes in the history of photography, Egyptian art and archaeology. She is the author of several books, including Treasured: How Tutankhamun Shaped a Century (2021) and Ancient Egyptian Magic: A Hands-On Guide (2020).

Reviews for Egypt: Lost Civilizations

'2018 Outstanding Academic Title' - Choice; 'it is Riggs's apparently inexhaustible fund of examples, and the well-targeted deployment of her material, from the physical remains of ancient Egypt itself to the iconography of the Arab Spring, that engages and carries the reader through this lively and informative survey. Tracing her story from the Roman period to the present day, Riggs guides us through the influences this lost civilization has exerted, and the numerous reactions it has provoked . . . Accessibly written, assuming no prior knowledge on the reader's part assumed, it has an engaging tone, and never patronizes.' - TLS; 'Christina Rigg's Egypt is one of Reaktion Books' accessible and informative Lost Civilizations guides. It is, however, much more than a chronological survey of ancient Egypt; it is also an elegant and intriguing thematic interpretation of that civilisation's grip on our imagination ever since.' - Minerva magazine; 'This refreshingly different and beautifully written account of ancient Egypt goes beyond the ancient civilization itself to explore the ways in which it can be said to be lost and rediscovered.' - Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History, Emory University; 'With this book, Riggs admirably achieves the objectives of the publisher's Lost Civilizations series, which looks at the rise and fall of a civilization and assesses its artistic and cultural legacy, and explains why it remains relevant for readers today. Riggs concludes that ancient Egypt has been gone for two thousand years, and so is lost. While many remains from ancient Egypt have survived, she asserts that each culture, society, or generation interprets them differently . . . For those seeking a brief introduction, Riggs's book, including its chronology and bibliography, is perfect . . . Essential.' - Choice

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