Title: Historical and Archaeological Aspects of Egyptian Funerary Culture
Other Titles: Religious Ideas and Ritual Practice in Middle Kingdom Elite Cemeteries
Authors: Willems, Harco
Series Editors: Stökl, Jonathan
Frahm, Eckart
Garr, W. Randall
Halpern, Baruch
van den Hout, Theo
Warden, Leslie Ann
Winter, Irene J.
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Brill
Series Title: Culture and History of the Ancient Near East vol:73
Abstract: Historical and Archaeological Aspects of Egyptian Funerary Culture, a thoroughly reworked translation of Les textes des sarcophages et la démocratie published in 2008, challenges the widespread idea that the “royal” Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom after a process of “democratisation” became, in the Middle Kingdom, accessible even to the average Egyptian in the form of the Coffin Texts. Rather they remained an element of elite funerary culture, and particularly so in the Upper Egyptian nomes. The author traces the emergence here of the so-called “nomarchs” and their survival in the Middle Kingdom. The site of Dayr al-Barshā, currently under excavation, shows how nomarch cemeteries could even develop into large-scale processional landscapes intended for the cult of the local ruler. This book also provides an updated list of the hundreds of (mostly unpublished) Middle Kingdom coffins and proposes a new reference system for these.
ISBN: 978-90-04-27498-3
ISSN: 1566-2055
VABB publication type: VABB-2
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IBa
Appears in Collections:Near Eastern Studies, Leuven

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