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Imhotep Today by Jean-Marcel Humbert
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The discipline of Egyptology has been criticised for being too insular,with little awareness of the development of archaeologies elsewhere. It has remained theoretically underdeveloped. For example the role of Ancient Egypt within Africa has rarely been considered jointly by Egyptologists and Africanists. Egypt's own view of itself has been neglected; views of it in the ancient past, in more recent times and today have remained underexposed. Encounters with Ancient Egypt is a series of eight books which addresses these issues. The books interrelate, inform and illuminate one another and will appeal to a wide market including academics, students and the general public interested in Archaeology, Egyptology, Anthropology, Architecture, Design and History. This book presents and analyses the results of the use and adaptation of ancient Egyptian architecture in modern times. It traces the use of ancient Egyptian motifs and constructions across the world, from Australia, the Americas and Southern Africa to Western Europe. It also inquires into the cultural, economic and social contexts of this practice. Imhotep Today is exceptional not only in its global coverage, but in its analyses of thorny questions such as: what was it about Ancient Egypt that inspired such Egyptianizing monuments, and was it just one idea, or several different ones which formed the basis of such activities? The book also asks why only certain images, such as obelisks and sphinxes, were incorporated within the movement. The contributors explore how these 'monuments' fitted into the local architecture of the time and, in this context, they investigate whether 'Egyptianizing architecture' is an ongoing movement and, if so, how it differs from earlier, similar activities.

Table of Contents

The Egyptianizing Pyramid from the 18th to the 20th Century: a form of multicultural revival; Wedding Archaeology to Art: Egyptian architechture in 19th century painting; Egypt in Paris: 19th century monuments and motifs; Some Egyptianizing Monuments in London; Neo-Egyptian Garden Ornaments in Florence during the 19th Century; Hunting for Egypt: Egypt and the 1876 Philadelphia Exhibition; Egyptomania and American Archaeology; Egyptianizing Motifs in South African Architecture and Literature?; Victorian Australia and Ancient Egypt; Egyptomania in the New World: architecture and art in Brazil; Rebuilding the Sanctuaries of Memphis: Egypt in Masonic architecture; Egyptomania and Death during the 19th and 20th Centuries,or the Appropriation of a Myth; Egyptianizing the Alexandrina: the contemporary revival of the ancient Mouseion/Library.

Author Biography

Jean-Marcel Humbert is Conservateur en chef du Patrimoine and Assistant Director of the National Maritime Museum in Paris. Clifford Price worked at the Building Research Establishment until 1983, when he was appointed Head of the Ancient Monuments Laboratory, English Heritage. In 1990 he moved to the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, where he is Professor of Archaeological Conservation.
Release date NZ
September 25th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations (some col.), map
UCL Press
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