Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture: A Very Short by Christina Riggs

By Christina Riggs

From Berlin to Boston, and St Petersburg to Sydney, historical Egyptian artwork fills the galleries of a few of the world's maximum museums, whereas the structure of Egyptian temples and pyramids has attracted travelers to Egypt for hundreds of years. yet what did Egyptian artwork and structure suggest to the folks who first made and used it - and why has it had such an everlasting attraction?

In this Very brief Introduction, Christina Riggs explores the visible arts produced in Egypt over a span of a few 4,000 years. The tales in the back of those items and structures have a lot to inform us approximately how humans in old Egypt lived their lives in terms of one another, the common atmosphere, and the realm of the gods. Demonstrating how historic Egypt has interested Western audiences over the centuries with its amazing pyramids, eerie mummies, and specified visible kind, Riggs considers the connection among historical Egypt and the fashionable global.

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The finely made glass 33 Alexandna in Late Antiquzty productions of Alexandrian workshops gained a wIde currency, from the tables of emperors to the cupboards of rural villagers in the Fayylim. One should not imagme, however, that these workshops were vast enterprises employing hundreds of workers. At K6m elDikka, the ground floors of several neighboring residential dwellings were given over to the manufacture and sale of glass beads. The best preserved of these "workshops" consisted of eleven to fourteen small rooms, none more than six meters on a side, which were arranged around a modest courtyard.

In placing the city's communal groups within a coherent urban milieu , we need not be shackled by a rigid form of materialistic determinism. Nevertheless, careful attention should be paid to the various elements composing Alexandria's urban environment, such as the city's physical setting, its economic life, demographic structure, civic institutions, and administrative apparatus. More than a vague background for the events of these centuries, this urban environment demonstrably affects and in part shapes the course of historical developments.

At the other end were the dally contacts between members of the different commumties characteristic of a diverse 11 Alexandria In Late Antiquity cosmopolitan urban setting. Legal and papyrological texts reveal a complex network of social and economic relationships, rangmg from intermarriage and slaveholding to everyday commercial transactions-relations often ignored by ancient chroniclers and their modern commentators in favor of the riots and violence which make for much more exciting reading.

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