The Black Land and the Middle Kingdom: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient Egypt and Early China


ACLS Fellowship Program



Named Award

ACLS Yvette and William Kirby Centennial Fellow named award


This book project is an interdisciplinary, comparative study of New Kingdom Egypt and early imperial China, examining issues of politics, administration, law, empire, religion, and art during the early imperial phase of the two civilizations. While many recently-published comparative volumes have focused on China and Rome, or China and Greece, very few have ventured to compare China and Egypt, an intriguing and instructive dyad for comparison. This study employs a combination of textual, art historical, and archaeological analyses to illuminate each civilization more clearly, revealing shared structural traits as well as distinctive features.