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Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt: Image and Ideology before the New Kingdom
Bestock, Laurel

London: Routledge, 2018 pp. xix + 294. $139.98

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Routledge Studies in Egyptology


Description: Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt examines the use of Egyptian pictures of violence prior to the New Kingdom. Starting with the assertion that making and displaying such images served as a tactic of power, related to but separate from the actual practice of violence, the book explores the development and deployment of this imagery across different contexts. By comparatively utilizing violent images from a variety of other times and cultures, the book asks that we consider not only how Egyptian imagery was related to Egyptian violence, but also why people create pictures of violence and place them where they do, and how such images communicate what to whom. By cataloging and querying Egyptian imagery of violence from different periods and different contexts―royal tombs, divine temples, the landscape, portable objects, and private tombs―Violence and Power highlights the nuances of the relationship between aspects of royal ideology, art, and its audiences in the first half of pharaonic Egyptian history.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Other Methods

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Review by Rita Lucarelli
Published 5/23/2019
Citation: Rita Lucarelli, review of Laurel Bestock, Violence and Power in Ancient Egypt: Image and Ideology before the New Kingdom, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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