MacDonald, S. & M. Rice. Eds. 2003. Consuming ancient Egypt. – London, UCL Press (Encounters with ancient Egypt)
‘Consuming ancient Egypt’ is just one volume in a series of eight books1 that resulted from the conference ‘Encounters with ancient Egypt’, which was held at the ‘Institute of Archaeology, University College London’ (UCL) in December 2000.
The volume ‘Consuming ancient Egypt’ discusses the influences of ancient Egypt on peoples of all ages and backgrounds during their everyday lives in modern–day society. Divided in fourteen chapters, seventeen authors share their visions on how ancient Egypt is used and misused in all aspects of the present–day consumer market. Although probably far from exhaustive, the authors have attempted to present how ancient Egypt can be encountered in our everyday life in all its diversity and variations.
The several chapters discuss, in as far as possible, all different facets of this subject: from the costumes and décor of the opera Aida to other ‘appearances’ in books, films, music, Egyptian tourism, souvenirs, authentic and/or fake antiquities trade, television, computer games, etc. Read more...