Ancient Egyptian Administration provides the first comprehensive overview of the structure, organization and evolution of the pharaonic administration from its origins to the end of the Late Period. The book not only focuses on bureaucracy, departments, and official practices but also on more informal issues like patronage, the limits in the actual exercise of authority, and the competing interests between institutions and factions within the ruling elite. Furthermore, general chapters devoted to the best-documented periods in Egyptian history are supplemented by more detailed ones dealing with specific archives, regions, and administrative problems. The volume thus produced by an international team of leading scholars will be an indispensable, up-to-date, tool of research covering a much-neglected aspect of pharaonic civilization.
Juan Carlos Moreno García, PhD (1995) École Pratique des Hautes-Études de Paris, is a CNRS researcher at the University Paris IV-Sorbonne. He has published extensively on pharaonic administration and socio-economic history and has organized several conferences on these topics.
‘’The Companion is a very welcome and valuable contribution to scholarship in this field. It opens up new avenues of research and suggests new possibilities for future exploration.’’
Chris Jones, University of Canterbury. In:
Parergon, 30,1, 2013, p. 260.
Table of contents
The Study of Ancient Egyptian Administration
Juan Carlos Moreno García The Organization of a Nascent State : Egypt Until the Beginning of the Fourth Dynasty
Eva-Maria Engel The Central Administration of the Resources in the Old Kingdom: Departments, Treasures, Granaries and Work Centres Hratch Papazian The Territorial Administration of the Kingdom in the Third Millennium Juan Carlos Moreno García Kings, Viziers and Courtiers: Executive Power in the Third Millennium BC Miroslav Bárta The Administration of the Funerary Royal Complexes Hana Vymazalová Balat, a Frontier Town and its Archive Laure Pantalacci Setting a State Anew: The Central Administration from the End of the Old Kingdom to the End of the Middle Kingdom Wolfram Grajetzki The Royal Command (wD-nsw): A Basic Deed of Executive Power Pascal Vernus Nomarchs and Local Potentates: The Provincial Administration in the Middle Kingdom Harco Willems The Organisation of the Pharaonic army (Old to New Kingdom) Anthony Spalinger Categorisation, Classification, and Social Reality: Administrative Control and Interaction with the Population Katalin Anna Kóthay Crisis and Restructuring of the State: From the End of the Middle Kingdom to the Advent of the Ramesses J.J. Shirley The Raising Power of the House of Amun in the New Kingdom Ben J.J. Haring Coping with the Army: The Military and the State in the New Kingdom Andrea Gnirs The Administration of Institutional Agriculture in the New Kingdom Sally Katary A Bureaucratic Challenge? Archaeology and Administration in a Desert Environment (Second Millennium BCE) John Coleman Darnell The Ramessid State Pierre Grandet Administration of the Deserts and Oases: First Millennium BCE David Klotz From Conquered to Conqueror: The Organization of Nubia in the New Kingdom and the Kushite Administration of Egypt Robert Morkot The Saite Period: The Emergence of a Mediterranean Power Damien Agut-Labordère The ‘Other’ Administration: Patronage, Factions and Informal Networks of Power in Ancient Egypt Juan Carlos Moreno García
Egyptologists, historians, anthropologists and sociologists working on ancient institutions, on the structure, balance and reproduction of power in ancient states, and on elites and the nature of their authority.