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Visual and Written Culture in Ancient Egypt


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I. Prologue 1: Visual, written, decorum II. Written culture 2: Literacy and ancient Egyptian society 3: Four notes on literacy 4: Literacy, social organization and the archaeological record: the case of early Egypt 5: Writing and society in early Egypt 6: Orality and literacy 7: Ancient Egyptian concepts and uses of the past: third to second millennium evidence III. Visual culture 8: Theories and universals of representation: Heinrich Schafer and Egyptian art 9: Schafer's mottoes and the understanding of representation 10: Colour terminology and colour classification: ancient Egyptian colour terminology and polychromy 11: Stone and other materials: usages and values 12: Communication and display: the integration of early Egyptian art and writing 13: On the status and purposes of ancient Egyptian art

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John Baines is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford.


Here is a rarity: a collection of essays selected annotated and updated not by an editor, but by their writer, with all the resultant advantages... John Baines does more than compile a series of related papers into a convenient single book. * Jasmine Day, Journal of Archaeology Science *
This well illustrated volume brings together some of John Baines's valuable studies...making better available key contributions on core problems of written and visual culture in ancient Egypt. The book is organized as a synthesis of excellent treated individual topics that offers numerous points of departure for further research. * Ilona Regulski, Bibliotheca Orientalis *
a handsome and well-balanced assessment of the nature and contexts of writing in, and the impact of writing on, Egyptian society and culture... the essays provide valuable glimpses into virtually all major aspects of writing in Egyptian culture down into the Graeco-Roman period... The volume as a whole, complemented by Baines incisive articles in the first two works, is compelling reading for all those interested in the transformations in the phenomenon of writing over a span of three millennia within a single culture. * Gordon Whittaker, Antiquity *
a work that deserves to be seriously read and re-viewed. * Robyn A. Gillam, Chronique d'Egypte *

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