Egypt : Ancient History
a catalogue of resources
This project is a series of pages constructed as a
assignment for Victoria University of Wellington's MLIS paper: LIBR
533 Advanced Information Retrieval. This particular page is an
overview of the intent & layout of my project.
This site is a selected, annotated catalogue of WWW hypertext documents
(or "articles") which I consider useful to those studying the
Ancient History of Egypt, especially Middle Kingdom & New Kingdom/Empire
periods. (cf. Items excluded,
Indexes to the catalogue
The annotations/reviews themselves are on a series of web-pages in no particular
order. The best way to reach a relevant review is by one of the following
indexes, based on the original article's:
Author -- the names of the author(s) / editor(s) / compiler(s), after
the style given on the web-document. If there is no clear personal
"author" or maintainer, an appropriate corporate author has been entered.
If there are more than three names, then only the first name is in
Title -- or first heading, if there is no obvious title. Arranged alphabetically. Any initial
grammatical article (A, An, The) is omitted. The title of
the HTML-source is also indexed, if it is significantly different from the
Key-term -- upto 50 appropriate key-word or key-phrases, arranged alphabetically relating to the article itself. Additional, explanatory
text has been added to some terms. Entries in the index are under consistent standardized forms.
Chronological term -- appropriate time spans (periods, dynasties, individual reigns) as used in the article itself. Entries in the index are in the form and chronological order given in the Cambridge Ancient History, 3rd ed.
Structure of the annotations
Every annotation has the following order:
Title: The title or first heading of the article, possibly abbreviated
or shortened. Clicking on the title will take you to the article
Abstract: 1-3 sentence summary of the article's purpose or content
-- preferably, but rarely, extracted from the article's own text.
Author: Brief note on the author(s) including periodicals to which
they have contributed -- usually the information is harvested from the article
or authors' home pages. Clicking on an author's
name (if the link exists) will take you to his/her home page.
Key-terms: selected, appropriate words and phrases appearing in the
article itself; but omitting all subjects mentioned only briefly (e.g., merely 2 short sentences, or less).
The spelling of proper names is that used by the article itself, unless it has failed to be self consistent. The corresponding spelling in the Key-term Index may have been standardized.
Chronology: selected, appropriate chronological periods, dynasties, and reigns appearing in the
article itself, unless mentioned only briefly. The spelling of reigning kings is that used by the article itself (unless it has failed to be self consistent). The corresponding spelling in the Chronological Index has probably been standardized. Occassionally this annotation has been omitted, if irrelevant or only incidental to the article.
Opinion: My own comments; I apologise if they seem too negative. Actually every annotated article in this has at least some merit, or else it wouldn't be listed. I have not created any direct links to pages considered inappropriate, offensive, or sub-standard.
All articles were last visited 17-Feb-97, or later.
Items excluded from the scope
This scope clearly excludes discussing non-Web facilities at particular
The assignment's scope prohibits coverage of forthcoming exhibits, unless there is sufficient text to be of use to a student -- even if exhibitions would probably be of interest (e.g., the "Ancient Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa" Gallery
The scope (and integrity) forbids any coverage of the many
pseudo-studies which plague Egyptology: ridiculous when pretentious
and appalling when sincere.
Other catalogues -- see below:
Because I have limited this catalogue to articles; don't assume that
there are no other suitable indexes or catalogues. In fact, I heartily recommend
ABZU's REGIONAL INDEX: EGYPT, an experimental guide to Ancient Near Eastern
Internet resources. It is an Associate Site of the Argos search engine under
the auspices of The Research Archives of the Oriental Institute, Chicago. Note especially its own indexes of
I'm Michael Parkinson. I have an M.A.(Hons) Auck.
in Ancient History, and have just completed a M.L.I.S. Vic.
I work at the Acquisitions dept. in the University of Auckland library.
| Author Index |
| Title Index |
| Key-term Index |
| Chronological Index |
File briefly updated 7-Nov-97.
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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