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The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt

For the ancient Egyptians, the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1700 BC) was a classical period of art, history and literature. The Twelfth Dynasty was one of the strongest ever to rule on the banks of the Nile: some of its kings were later worshipped as local gods, and were made famous by classical Greek authors. Yet Egyptologists tend not to look beyond the extraordinary royal sculpture and literary masterpieces of the time.


Although the picture is fragmentary, as with any archaeological record, the last two hundred years of exploration and excavation have revealed much of the splendour of the period. This book examines the evidence for the culture, history and society of both central and provincial Egypt at the time, revealing the wealth of the entire country. In this second edition, Wolfram Grajetzki incorporates recent discoveries, discussions and publications which have emerged over the intervening fifteen years, including new excavation reports for the mastabas at Lisht and excavations at Abydos. Too often overshadowed by the better-preserved architecture of other periods, Middle Kingdom Egypt emerges for the reader as a fascinating age in its own right.

The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt

  • Wolfram Grajetzki

    An examination of the evidence for the culture, history and society of both central and provincial Egypt in the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1700 BC), newly revised to incorporate new discoveries and developments in scholarship over the last 15 years since the original publication.
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  • Book Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
    Publication Date: 13-06-2024
    Format: Paperback | 234 x 156mm | 256 pages
  • About the Author

    Wolfram Grajetzki is Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Egyptology at University College London, UK. He is the author of The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: History, Archaeology and Society (2006), Court Officials of the Egyptian Middle Kingdom (2009), Tomb Treasures of the Late Middle Kingdom (2013) and The People of the Cobra Province in Egypt: A Local History, 4500 to 1500 BC (2020).

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