"Never Had the Like Occurred" examines Ancient Egypt's own multifaceted encounters with its past. As Egyptian culture constantly changed and evolved, this book follows a chronological arrangement, from early Egypt to the attitudes of the Coptic population in the Byzantine Period. Within this framework, it asks what access the Egyptians had to information about the past, whether deliberately or accidentally acquired; what use was made of the past; what were the Egyptians attitudes to the past; what sense of past time did the Egyptians have; and what kinds of reverence for the past did they entertain? This is the first book dedicated to the whole range of these themes. It provides an explanatory context for the numerous previous studies that have dealt with particular sets of evidence, particular periods, or particular issues. It provides a case study of how civilizations may view and utilize their past.

chapter Chapter 1|14 pages

Introduction - ‘… Since the Time of the Gods’

ByJohn Tait

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

The Ancient Egyptian View of World History

ByE. P. Uphill

chapter Chapter 3|30 pages

Archaism and Modernism in the Reliefs of Hesy-Ra

ByWhitney Davis

chapter Chapter 4|18 pages

Looking Back Into the Future: The Middle Kingdom as a Bridge to the Past

ByDietrich Wildung, Fiona Handley

chapter Chapter 6|17 pages

Literature As a Construction of the Past in the Middle Kingdom

ByLudwig D. Morenz, Martin Worthington

chapter Chapter 7|19 pages

Representations of the Past in New Kingdom Literature

ByHans-W. Fischer-Elfert

chapter Chapter 8|16 pages

Views of the Past in Egypt During the First Millennium BC

ByAntonio Loprieno

chapter Chapter 9|31 pages

Egypt's Views of ‘others’

ByDavid O’Connor

chapter Chapter 10|10 pages

Foreigners at Memphis? Petrie's Racial Types

BySally-Ann Ashton

chapter Chapter 11|15 pages

All in the Family? Heirlooms in Ancient Egypt

ByDavid Jeffreys

chapter Chapter 12|12 pages

The Ptolemaic Royal Image and the Egyptian Tradition

BySally-Ann Ashton