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His Good Name: Essays on Identity and Self-Presentation in Ancient Egypt in Hono

Edited by Christina Geisen, Jean Li, Steven Shubert, and Kei Yamamoto


The wish to affiliate with a specific cultural, social, or ethnical group is as important today as it was in past societies, such as that of the ancient Egyptians. The same significance applies to the self-presentation of an individual within such a group. Although it is inevitable that we perceive ancient cultures through the lens of our time, place, and value systems, we can certainly try to look beyond these limitations. Questions of how the ancient Egyptians saw themselves and how individuals tried to establish and thus present themselves in society are central pieces of the puzzle of how we interpret this ancient culture. This volume focuses on the topic of identity and self-presentation, tackling the subject from many different angles: the ways in which social and personal identities are constructed and maintained; the manipulations of culture by individuals to reflect real or aspirational identities; and the methods modern scholars use to attempt to say something about ancient persons. Building on the work of Ronald J. Leprohon, to whom this volume is dedicated, contributions in this volume present an overview of our current state of understanding of patterns of identity and self-presentation in ancient Egypt. The contributions approach various aspects of identity and self-presentation through studies of gender, literature, material culture, mythology, names, and officialdom.

His Good Name: Essays on Identity and Self-Presentation in Ancient Egypt in Hono

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    MVCAE vol. 5

    xxiv + 360 pages

    ISBN 978-1-948488-37-2 (hardcover)

    ISBN 978-1-948488-38-9 (PDF)

    March 2021

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  • Table of Contents

    Panehsy’s Afterlife and the Underworld of TT 16 Susanne Onstine        
    Once Again on Shetayt Silvia Zago
    On Being Generous as Only a Woman Can Be Mariam F. Ayad
    Masculinities and the Mechanisms of Hegemony in the Instruction of Ptahhotep Kelly-Anne Diamond
    His Beloved Denise Doxey
    Identity and Burial Practices in the Nécropole des Chanteuses at Abydos Jean Li 
    Life Cycle, Third Gendering, and Identity in Nubian A-Group Figurines Sabrina R. Rampersad
    Who Tells the Story? Jacqueline E. Jay
    The Prophecy of Neferti Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner
    “And Many Men of the Land Rob Them as Well, and Are (Our) Companions” Nigel Strudwick
    An Honored Boss James P Allen
    Bak, Servant of Aten Valérie Angenot
    Monuments of Memory at a Middle Kingdom Harbor on the Red Sea Kathryn A. Bard
    A Glimpse into the Life of a Late Middle Kingdom Business Man Christina Geisen
    The Place of Silence Gayle Gibson
    Was Viceroy Huy and Taemwadjsy at Jebel Barkal? Joyce Haynes

    Nonroyal Participation and Self-Presentation in New Kingdom Provincial Cults Amber Hutchinson
    Concerning the Identity of Niankhnisut, His Rediscovered Tomb Chapel, the Affliated Decorative Program, and Other Thoughts Gregory Mumford
    Treasurer Senwosretankh, Favored of Amenemhat III Kei Yamamoto   Calendar of the Animals Robyn Gillam
    Fishing and Fowling for Pleasure versus Produce Margaret Maitland   
    What’s in a Name? Edward Bleiberg
    The Cartouche Names of Ramesses IV in the Great Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Peter J. Brand and Jean Revez
    Exterior Inscriptions in the Pyramid Complex of Senwosret III at Dahshur and Other Temples of the Old and Middle Kingdoms Adela Oppenheim
    Seen in Translation Steven B. Shubert


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