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Egyptian New-Kingdom Topographical Lists: An Historical Resource With "Literary" Histories

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Lists of foreign place-names have long been recognized as a potential resource for historical, geographical and archaeological purposes in the study of Syria-Palestine in the Late Bronze age, and less usefully for the Nile Valley and adjoining terrain south of Egypt proper. Non-egyptologists in particular need to know that one cannot pick names indiscriminately out of these lists, to use as instant history-pegs for the study of any given place in the Near East or NE Africa. Egyptian topographical lists occur in various contexts, and show some change in nature through their history in the New Kingdom. There are short, 'heraldic' lists that merely symbolize the might of Pharaoh; these usually offer nothing else, except names known at the time of inscription, whether derived from previous reigns or still current or new.

Keywords: Egyptian New-kingdom; historical resource; NE Africa



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