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Writing, Violence, and the Military: Images of Literacy in Eighteenth Dynasty Egypt (1550-1295 BCE)

Niv Allon


The books examines Eighteenth Dynasty images of reading and writing with the aim of understanding how members of the elite conceptualized literacy, and how, in turn, they identified themselves with regards to it. Inspired by the approach taken by New Literacy Studies, this inquiry emphasizes the study of the social practices that involve reading and writing. This line of inquiry reveals a dynamic negotiation between various concepts of literacy among the Eighteenth Dynasty elite, who associated writing with accounting and list-making, as well as with violence and law. Building on the work of B ... More

Keywords: Literacy, writing, violence, military, iconography, social history, ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, military, violence, Haremhab, kingship, hieroglyphs, tomb art, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198841623
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198841623.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Niv Allon, author
Assistant Curator, Department of Egyptian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art