One of the world's oldest treaties provides the backdrop for a new analysis of the Egyptian concept of
hetep ("peace"). To understand the full range of meaning of
Peace in Ancient Egypt explores battles against Egypt's enemies, royal offerings to deities, and rituals of communing with the dead. Vanessa Davies argues that
hetep is the result of action that is just, true, and in accord with right order (
maat). Central to the concept of
hetep are the issues of rhetoric and community. Beyond detailing the ancient Egyptian concept of
hetep, it is hoped that this book will provide a useful framework that can be considered in relation to concepts of peace in other cultures.