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Echoes of Egypt
Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs

By Colleen Manassa

Echoes of Egypt
Paperback, 100 pages £16.00
Published: 2013
ISBN: 9781933789002
Format: 216mm x 216mm
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Subjects: Egyptology, Yale Egyptology
Series: Yale Egyptological Studies

Echoes of Egypt is a catalogue accompanying an exhibit at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History. Edited by Colleen Manassa, the catalogue also includes entries by international experts. Documenting two thousand years of the reception of ancient Egypt throughout the world, Echoes of Egypt transcends the typical account on Nineteenth and Twentieth Century 'Egyptomania'. The first chapter includes a chronological overview of the exhibit, ranging from ancient Meroe, Greece and Rome, and medieval Arab-Islamic fascination with hieroglyphs to Piranesi's interior designs and the impact of Napoleon's invasion. Additional chapters focus on the meaning and changing uses of hieroglyphs, 'mummy mania' and Egyptosophy. Full colour images complement the text.

Chapter 1: Looking through the Pylon: An Overview of Echoes of Egypt

A Pylon in an American Landscape

The Grove Street Cemetery Gate

The Winged Sun Disk

Ancient Egyptian Temples and the Cosmos

Imagining the Ancient Nile Valley

Ancient Echoes of Egypt: Greece, Rome, and Meroe

Egyptianizing Meroitic Objects

Egyptianizing Graeco-Roman Objects

Egyptian Revivals from Late Antiquity to the Enlightenment: Christians, Muslims, Scholars

Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Ancient Artifacts, Modern Design

From Napoleon's Expedition to the Present: Egyptology and Egyptomania

Fifty Years Later: The Pennsylvania-Yale Expedition to Nubia

Chapter 2: Mysterious Hieroglyphs

Origins of Egyptian Writing

Artful Hieroglyphs and Everyday Writing

From Hieroglyphs to the Alphabet

The Last Datable Hieroglyphic Inscription

Coptic: The Final Stage of the Egyptian Language

Egyptomania in Medieval Arab Culture: The Case of Ibn Wahshiyya

From the Renaissance to British Satire

Jean-Francois Champollion and Decipherment

A Text of Greeting

Chapter 3: Mummy-Mania

The Coffin of Paib and Its Mummy

"One God, One Pot:" Animal Mummies

George Gliddon and Nineteenth-century Mummy Unwrappings

It Comes to Life: Mummies in Popular Culture

Chapter 4: Egyptosophy: Magic, Alchemy, and Hermeticism

The Uroboros: A Magical Symbol of the Cosmos

Magical Gems Alchemy and Its Egyptian Origins

Alchemy in Egyptian Mining Practice Hermeticism

From Athanasius Kircher to Sor Juana

Inez de la Cruz Natacha Rambova: A Connecticut Egyptosophist

Colleen Manassa, curator of Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs, is the William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Associate Professor of Egyptology at Yale University. She is the author or co-author of five books on topics including military history, Egyptian religion, and literature of the New Kingdom, and author of numerous articles on art history, philology, and sensory experience in ancient Egypt. She is also director of the Mo'alla Survey Project.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 100 pages
 216mm x 216mm

BIC Code:
  HIS002030, SOC003000
 Yale Egyptological Publications


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