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Title: Ancient Egyptian fauna : a lexicographical study
Author: Wassell, Belinda Ann
ISNI:       0000 0001 3563 7763
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1991
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This thesis has sought to assemble and evaluate a comprehensive corpus of texts and secondary material relating to the fauna of ancient Egypt. It is in the first instance a philological study, using as a starting point the Wörterbuch der ägyptischen Sprache produced in the 1920$ and '30s., though evidence from archaeological and representational material has been included where appropriate. Previous work in this field has been sporadic and of varying quality. Much of it is not recent or is based on older reference sources. It therefore seemed appropriate to attempt a compilation and updating of existing studies. Much effort has been put into using recent zoological works to provide lists of species from modern Egypt with which to compare both the ancient records and the taxonomic information given in other Egyptological studies. The thesis is divided into 20 chapters. The first examines, by way of introduction to the rest of the study, aspects of zoological classification in ancient Egypt, making comparisons with work carried out by anthropologists on classificatory systems used by modern 'primitive' cultures. The remainder of the thesis is divided into three parts. The first, comprising chapters 2 to 14, examines the names given by the ancient Egyptians to various mammals; each chapter discusses a certain group of mammals (eg Cattle; Dogs and Similar Animals; Lions and Other Cats). The second part, comprising chapters 15 to 17, concerns birds. Part three comprises chapters 18 to 20 on fish, reptiles and amphibians, and insects respectively. The advantage of this type of study lies in the avoidance of translations formulated in isolation from related material. Altogether some 600 animal names, spanning c. 3000 to 500 BC, have been discussed; a number of previous translations have been revised and many new or more precise translations suggested.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Archaeology Archaeology Zoology