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By John Romer

The old international involves existence within the first quantity in a ebook sequence at the heritage of Egypt, spanning the first farmers to the development of the pyramids. Famed archaeologist John Romer attracts on a life of learn to tell one history's maximum tales; how, over greater than one thousand years, a society of farmers created a wealthy, brilliant international the place the most incredible of all human-made landmarks, the nice Pyramid, was once built. Immersing the reader within the Egypt of the prior, Romer examines and demanding situations the long-held theories approximately what archaeological reveals suggest and what stories they inform approximately how the Egyptians lived. greater than simply an account of 1 of the main interesting classes of heritage, this engrossing ebook asks readers to take a step again and query what they've discovered approximately Egypt some time past. lovers of Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra and historical past buffs may be captivated by way of this re-telling of Egyptian background, written through one of many most sensible Egyptologists on the earth.

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Extinction is its most obvious threat—whether by war, disaster, disease, or demonic attack. 14 For domestic religion, dislocation is another sort of threat bearing a similar religious value. While scholars have tended to focus their attention on the civic and national implications of exiles and diasporas, forced distance from hearth, home, and, especially, the familial burial site is a profound rupture of the presumed endless accessibility of the ancestors that stands at the heart of domestic religion.

Typically, parts of the predecessor’s cosmos are recycled and re-placed in the new order, thus introducing a potentially destabilizing element if the new or21. This complex has been best adumbrated by Paul Wheatley’s work on “urban genesis,” especially The Pivot of the Four Quarters: A Preliminary Enquiry into the Origins and Character of the Ancient Chinese City (Chicago: Aldine Pub. , 1971). See further the bibliography of Wheatley in Smith, To Take Place, 149 n. 16, as well as my comments on Wheatley, 50–54.

Noegel,Prayer,Magic and Stars 8/27/03 1:06 PM Page 31 Here, There, and Anywhere 31 1. First, the New Geography While there were experiments in imperialisms from Sumer on, and dislocations due to invasions or colonizations, there is a difference in disruptive scale resulting from the newer imperialisms ranging from the Persian and Macedonian to the Roman. An anthology of texts could be gathered that expresses both the positive and negative evaluations of displacement, of being a citizen of no place.

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