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Egypt: faith after the pharaohs
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Published to accompany a major exhibition at the British Museum, this important book presents 1200 years of history, from after the death of Cleopatra and Mark Antony in 30 BC, when Egypt was made a province of the Roman Empire to AD 1171, when the rule of the Islamic Fatimid dynasty came to an end. During this time, Egypt became first a majority Christian, then a majority Muslim population, with communities of Jews periodically thriving.
Due to its arid climate, Egypt preserves a unique range and abundance of evidence providing insights into the emergence and establishment of new religions, their relationship to each other and the pagan past. Over 300 objects have been specially selected for this publication, drawing on the significant collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the British Museum and reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the Nile Valley from the first to the twelfth century AD. Through beautiful works of art, including jewellery, painted panels, textiles, sculpture, calligraphy, manuscripts, glass and ceramics, we gain a better understanding of the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people in this important period in Egyptian history. The book also reveals the different types of sacred buildings - synagogue, church, and mosque - and explains their architectural history and dissemination in Egypt.
|Szerkesztő(k)||Elizabeth O'Connell, Caecilia Fluck, Gisela Helmecke, Elisabeth Ehler|
|Kiadó||British Museum Press|
|Oldalszám és illusztrációk||288 pp., with colour illustrations|