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Foreigners in Ancient Egypt


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List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Acknowledgements Preface Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Background Chapter 3 The Cosmic Significance of the Tomb Chapter 4 Foreigner Typologies Chapter 5 Palatial Decorations Chapter 6 Underlying Egyptian Concepts in the Tribute Scenes53 Chapter 7 Funerary Symbolism in Tribute Scenes Chapter 8 Between Symbolism and Veracity Chapter 9 Conclusions Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Notes Bibliography Index

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Original and important analysis of the symbolism and underlying meanings of foreigners in tomb paintings from ancient Thebes under the 18th dynasty (c. 1550-1372 BCE).

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Flora Brooke Anthony is Visiting Lecturer at Georgia State University, USA, where she teaches Art History and Egyptology. Her doctorate was from Emory University and she has received numerous awards and fellowships for her research on foreigners in ancient Egyptian paintings.


Illustrated throughout with black-and-white and colour images, with a comprehensive bibliography, this multi-faceted analysis successfully conveys the importance of evaluating ancient Egyptian decorative motifs from several angles rather than taking them at face value. * Ancient Egypt *
A reference for future research, due to the publication's strong empirical basis. * Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections *
Flora Anthony provides a new and original way of looking at images of foreigners in 18th dynasty non-royal tombs at Thebes. Instead of trying to identify these figures as representing specific historical ethnic groups, as other scholars have done, Dr. Anthony examines them as ideological constructs designed to function within the symbolic decorative program used to enhance and make visible the significance of the tomb both for its owner and for visitors to the monument. The resulting explanation of how the images were meant to function and be understood demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach. * Gay Robins, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Art History, Emory University, USA *
Dr Anthony's diligent study provides a fresh analysis of depictions of foreigners in ancient Egypt. Focussing on early 18th Dynasty Theban tomb scenes, the author revisits the established interpretation of foreigners as agents of chaos, and a more nuanced picture emerges in which foreigners symbolise the lure of alterity more broadly (danger, otherness, wealth and luxury). Ultimately, the reader is invited to consider the range of meanings that these scenes held for their ancient audiences as well as the limits of their historical value. Teeming with evidence and eminently readable, this detailed and informative work employs innovative approaches and arrives at some novel results. It is a valuable contribution to the field of study. * Glenn Godenho, Senior Lecturer in Egyptology, Liverpool University, UK *

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