Mysterious Lands covers two kinds of encounters. First, encounters which actually occurred between Egypt and specific foreign lands, and second, those the Egyptians created by inventing imaginary lands. Some of the actual foreign lands are mysterious, in that we know of them only through Egyptian sources, both written and pictorial, and the actual locations of such lands remain unknown. These encounters led to reciprocal influences of varying intensity. The Egyptians also created imaginary lands (pseudo-geographic entities with distinctive inhabitants and cultures) in order to meet religious, intellectual and emotional needs. Scholars disagree, sometimes vehemently, about the locations and cultures of some important but geographically disputed actual lands. As for imaginary lands, they continually need to be re-explored as our understanding of Egyptian religion and literature deepens. Mysterious Lands provides a clear account of this subject and will be a stimulating read for scholars, students or the interested public.

chapter 1|21 pages

Introduction: Mapping the Unknown in Ancient Egypt

ByDavid O'Connor, Stephen Quirke

chapter 2|8 pages

The Egyptian Concept of the World

ByJames P. Allen

chapter 3|21 pages

Travel and Fiction in Egyptian Literature

ByAntonio Loprieno

chapter 4|28 pages

Locating Punt

ByDimitri Meeks

chapter 5|11 pages

Interpreting Punt: Geographic, Cultural and Artistic Landscapes

ByStephen P. Harvey

chapter 6|14 pages

The Emergence of Libya on the Horizon of Egypt

BySteven Snape

chapter 7|32 pages

The Mystery of the ‘Sea Peoples'

ByEric H. Cline, David O'Connor

chapter 9|21 pages

Measuring the Underworld

ByStephen Quirke

chapter 10|20 pages

The ‘Book of the Fayum': Mystery in a Known Landscape

ByJohn Tait

chapter 11|11 pages

Mysterious Lands - The Wider Context

ByRobert Layton