By Marc Van De Mieroop
Outlining the most important political and cultural occasions, A heritage of historic Egypt is an authoritative and obtainable advent to this interesting historic culture.
•An available chronological narrative that attracts on a number historic sources
•Offers an updated survey of historic Egypt's heritage from its origins to its domination by way of the Roman Empire
•Considers social and financial lifestyles and the wealthy tradition of historic Egypt
•Places Egypt's historical past inside of its neighborhood context, detailing interactions with Asia and Africa
•Engages scholars with quite a few views on various severe concerns with the most important Debate part integrated in every one chapter
•Makes the newest discoveries and scholarship obtainable to a large audience
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Modern name for the area between Giza and Saqqara that served as the burial place for the kings and courtiers of Dynasty 5 and also the location of temples dedicated to the sun god Re. Four pyramids with their temples have been found here. The area was examined by a German expedition under Friedrich von Bissing and then under Ludwig Borchardt in 1898–1913, followed by a Swiss expedition in 1954–1957, and it has been excavated by a Czech expedition since the 1960s. See also NEFERIRKARE; NIUSERRE; RANEFEREF; SAHURE.
A limestone quarry was located nearby. It has been excavated by a Japanese expedition since 1981. ALARA (reigned c. 770 BC). Nubian ruler. The first known member of the later Dynasty 25. He is not known to have been active in Egypt, but his successor, Kashta, extended Nubian rule over the Theban area. See also PIYE. ALASIA. A foreign country named in Egyptian documents during Dynasty 18, Dynasty 19, and Dynasty 20, notably in the Amarna letters. The country could be reached by sea, as described in the story of Wenamun.
It was not their immediate intention to convert the entire population to Islam, as this would have drastically af- INTRODUCTION • xxxvii fected their new revenues from the poll tax on nonbelievers; however, later bouts of fanaticism and social and economic pressure led to the conversion of the bulk of the population to Islam. Islamicization led to the adoption of Arabic as the common language of the new administration, and its use also spread to the non-Muslim population so that Coptic had died out as a spoken language by the 15th century.
A History of Ancient Egypt by Marc Van De Mieroop