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8. History and Historiography in the Material World: Ancient Egyptian Perspectives


 
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1. Title Title of document 8. History and Historiography in the Material World: Ancient Egyptian Perspectives - Historical Consciousness and the Use of the Past in the Ancient World
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country John Baines; University of Oxford; United Kingdom
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Ancient History
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) ancient history; ancient civilization; historiography; cultural memory; historical consciousness; collective memory; cultural heritage; myth; ritual; Egyptian historiography
 
5. Subject Subject classification Ancient Near Eastern Studies; Sinology; Biblical Studies; Classics; Maya Studies
 
6. Description Abstract Curation of the past, which underlies written historiography, relies on the interplay of social institutions, material culture, and physical setting. ‘Historiography’ in complex societies is contained not only in oral narratives and written texts but also in a range of other domains, material, spoken, and written, loosely structured or ritualized. This background is the most basic presupposition for historiography. This chapter explores relevant practices in ancient Egypt, asking three principal questions and paying particular attention to evidence from material culture. First, how far are institutions organized in the present in such a way as to create materials that will serve a mobilization of the past at some time in the future? Second, is it meaningful to draw distinctions between a ‘documentary’ or factual and discursive approach to the past and a ‘mythical’ one, and would such distinctions have made sense to the ancient actors? Third, in a culture such as that of early Egypt, where narrative forms do not seem to have had a privileged status at least in written form, how should the imposed concepts of historiography and historical consciousness be applied? Should other modes of presentation be given comparable or greater weight?
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 10-Jun-2019
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/33723
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.33723
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Historical Consciousness and the Use of the Past in the Ancient World
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) world,
ancient world
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd