Addressing the Dynamics of Change: Complex Network Analysis [Hardback]

Veronika Dulíková(Author); Miroslav Bárta(Author)

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ISBN: 9788073089863 | Published by: Czech Institute of Egyptology | Year of Publication: 2020 | 200p, H10.23 x W8.26,
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Addressing the Dynamics of Change

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The present volume seeks to indicate novel methods and approaches to analyzing and interpreting the agency of individual officials in different periods of ancient Egyptian history. Their activity and careers are observed using different methods of complex network analysis and put into a broader framework of more general trends operating the society at a given stage of its evolution. We are confident that this is one of the most promising and proven ways to gain deeper insights into day-to-day lives of the people of the past. The story of civilizations is above all a story of ideas and thoughts, and social/complex network analysis is one of the most efficient tools we can use. It enables us to view known data anew and assess them from new perspectives that significantly expand and deepen our knowledge of the past civilization.

In recent years, this research approach has evolved independently at several institutions exploring ancient Egypt. We were very pleased to host most of these scholars at a joint meeting and offer them an opportunity to present and communicate their individual approaches, methods, points of view and observations. The contributions in this volume, originally presented at a workshop in Prague in September 2018, cover selected periods of ancient Egypt (the Old Kingdom, the New Kingdom, the Greco-Roman Period). Cyber-Egyptology, a new area of research in Egyptology, appears to be a justified approach with its own methodology, philosophy and a vast potential to answer complex questions relating to this fascinating civilization and its diachronic dynamics. Moreover, this method of cyber-research can be applied universally across most archaeological and historical specializations.

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