Ancient Egyptian cities and towns have been some of the least-studied aspects of this great civilization. Now, new research and excavation are transforming our knowledge. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive overview of what we know about settlements during the dynastic period.
From the earliest city, Hierakonpolis, founded around 3000 BC, to the metropolis of Alexandria, the development of urban living is explored throughout the Nile Valley and Delta. Different parts of Egyptian cities and towns are examined in detail, with accounts of the sacred precincts, royal palaces and fortifications as well as forensic descriptions of typical houses. Beyond the architecture, you are introduced to daily life in ancient Egypt: from provisioning of food to evidence of sport and leisure activities, from schooling to the ritual activities surrounding death, from labour to politics to religion. Evidence from literature, scribal texts, inscriptions and graffiti, artifacts and architectural remains combine to re-create in amazing detail everyday lives in these communities. Stunning illustrations and detailed maps bring the urban landscape of ancient Egypt to life. A full detailed gazetteer of sites is also included.