I want to study ancient Egypt. Where should I start?
This is part two of an answer to an ask sent in by an anon who was wanting to study ancient Egypt from its chronological beginnings.
When studying ancient Egypt, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of topics and information to sift through. For the purposes of this post/ask, I’m going to assume that you are not interested in studying as part of a course, but rather in your own time.
First off, you’re going to be reading a LOT. It’s good to amass a small library of sorts for all your references, though you can find a lot of older books online in pdf form for free.
Here are some books that you might find useful:
Note - you do not need all these books. Rather, these are some that would come in handy to those wanting to build a basic Egyptology reference library at home.
Baines, John / Malek, Jaromir, Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt.
Manley, Bill, The Penguin Atlas of Ancient Egypt.
Murnane, William J. The Penguin Guide to Ancient Egypt.
Shaw, Ian, The British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt.
Shaw, Ian. Ancient Egypt: A Very Short Introduction.
Schulz, R. / Seidel, M. (eds.) Egypt: World of the Pharaohs.
Wilkinson, Richard H. (ed.) Egyptology Today.
The Shire Egyptology series are also an excellent resource! They cost around $10-15 AUD each and cover a wide range of topics. They are really great for someone wanting an introductory approach to various topics of interest for ancient Egypt.
Assmann, Jan, The Search for God in ancient Egypt.
Grajetzki, Wolfram, Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt.
Hart, George, The Routledge Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses .
Hornung, Eric, Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt. The One and the Many.
Kanawati, Naguib. The Tomb and Beyond: Burial Customs of Egyptian Officials.
Wilkinson, Richard H., The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt.
Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt
Now if you want to start off with Predynastic and Early Dynastic Egypt, these would come in handy:
Adams, Barbara. Predynastic Egypt. (from the Shire Egyptology series, great one to start with!)
Midant-Reynes, Beatrix. The Prehistory of Egypt.
Spencer, A. Jeffrey. Early Egypt: The Rise of Civilisaton in the Nile Valley.
Wilkinson, Toby. Early Dynastic Egypt.
Bahn, Paul. The Penguin Archaeology Guide.
Catling, Christopher and Bahn, Paul. The Illustrated Practical Encyclopedia of Archaeology (not very detailed for Egypt, but great basic resource and easy to read).
Johnson, Matthew. Archaeological Theory: An Introduction.
Reid, Donald Malcolm. Whose Pharaohs? Archaeology, Museums, and Egyptian National Identity from Napoleon to World War I.
Wendrich, Willeke. Egyptian Archaeology.
Art and architecture
Arnold, Dieter. Building in Egypt: Pharaonic Stone Masonry.
Arnold, Dieter, The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture.