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Egyptian Art: In the Days of the Pharaohs 3100-320 BC

Aldred, Cyril
Oxford University 1980        Dewey Dec.   932

“In this authoritative and splendidly illustrated guide, the author surveys nearly 3000 years of Egyptian architecture, painting and sculpture. Shows how Egyptian art was shaped by historical events, religious requirements, and environmental forces and also explains how artists and craftspeople developed their amazing technical mastery.”–Publisher’s Weekly

The Egyptians

Aldred, Cyril
Thames and Hudson 1984        Dewey Dec.   932

“Ancient Egypt may have been, in the words of a famous epigram, “the gift of the Nile”, but the character of Egyptian civilization was no less the product of her god incarnate, the pharaoh. It is these twin themes — the overwhelming importance of the annual inundation of the Nile and the rise and fall over three thousand years of the power of the divine king — that provide the unifying thread running through this superbly written narrative.” -Book jacket

Also see our collections of Articles on Ancient History and Podcasts & Videos on Ancient History & Archaeology

Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians

Brier, Bob and Hoyt Hobbs
Greenwood 1999        Dewey Dec.   932

“Explore the daily lives of ordinary people in ancient Egypt (3000 to 30 B.C.E.) through reconstructions based on the hieroglyphic inscriptions, paintings from tombs, and scenes from the temple walls of the people themselves. Students can use this unique and most up-to-date resource on the subject to examine the history of one of our oldest civilizations. Detailed inscriptions of its religion, its unusual form of government, the manner of ancient work and play, its magnificent art, the reasons for its military domination, and its intellectual accomplishments are included to help recreate the time period for modern readers.” -Publisher

Contents: Chronology history religion – Government and society work and play – Food clothes and other adornments – Architecture arts and crafts – Warfare medicine and mathematics

The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story

Brier, Bob
Berkley 1998        Dewey Dec.   932

“Tutankhamen lived through an extraordinarily turbulent time in ancient Egypt’s history. Torn apart by revolution, Egyptian society was wracked by religious and political turmoil, as ambitious ministers with thwarted desires plotted secretly. Meanwhile the young king and his adored wife could not produce an heir. All this instability produced the combustible situation that, Bob Brier believes, ultimately led to Tutankhamen’s murder. Acting as both historian and detective, Brier is our guide through this exotic, seemingly distant world. As he carefully lays out the evidence that he has gathered from artifacts, documents, tombs, and X rays of ancient mummies, readers will be able to judge for themselves whether the right man has been fingered.” -Publisher

Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven: Women in Ancient Egypt

Capel, Anne K.
Hudson Hills 1996        Dewey Dec.   932

“Masterpieces or Egyptian art dating from 3000 to 300 B.C. have been brought together from great American museum and private collections to illuminate the role of women in ancient Egyptian society. This magnificent volume explores the full spectrum of women’s lives and pursuits through three millennia of history. Separate essays cover ” Women’s Work: Some Occupations of Nonroyal Women as Depicted in Ancient Egyptian Art”; “In Women Good and Bad Fortune Are On Earth: Status and Roles of Women in Egyptian Culture” and “The Legal Status of Women in Ancient Egypt”… But the dazzling centerpiece of ‘Mistress of the House’ is devoted to more than one hundred objects assembled for the accompanying exhibition.” -Book jacket

Lady of the Two Lands: Five Queens of Ancient Egypt

Cottrell, Leonard
Bobbs-Merrill 1967        Dewey Dec.   932

This volume covers what little is known about the personal lives of the five queens (Hashepsowe, Tiye, Nefertiti, Ankhesnamun, Nefertari), and shows the detective process by which information has been extracted from objects recovered by archaeologists. The author also presents “animated portraits of the women who served them, dressed their hair, sang songs, baked bread, poured wine. One cannot help but make a more direct identification with these lively ladies than with the “prim matrons of Rome or the marble goddesses of Greece””. -Book jacket

Warrior Pharaohs

Cottrell, Leonard
Putnam 1969        Dewey Dec.   932

“Over one 2,000-year period Egypt produced several fighting generals who belied the general impression of modern times that early Egyptians were not a warlike people. During that 2,000 years, the Egyptians rose to throw off foreign
invaders or themselves invaded neighboring kingdoms. The stories of these fighting generals, the Warrior Pharaohs, and the people they inspired to serve as valiant soldiers are told by an eminent student of Ancient Egypt, Leonard Cottrell.” -Book jacket

Collected books on the area of the Ancient World that includes Mesopotamia, the Assyrian Empire, Babylonia, and Persia, at Ancient Mesopotamia

Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt

David, Rosalie
Oxford University 2003        Dewey Dec.   932

“The Nile Valley civilization, which spanned a period from c. 5000 B.C. to the early centuries A.D., was one of the earliest created by humankind. This handy reference provides a comprehensive overview of more than five millennia of Egyptian history and archeology, from pre-dynastic times to the Old and New Kingdoms to the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Accessible, authoritative, and clearly organized, the Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt offers an engaging look at a culture whose art and architecture, religion, and medicine would come to form the basis of Western Civilization.” -Publisher

Contents: Egyptology, archaeology, and scientific mummy studies in Egypt — Historical background — Geography of ancient Egypt — Society and government — Religion of the living — Funerary beliefs and customs — Architecture and building — Written evidence — Army and Navy — Foreign trade and transport — Economy and industry — Everyday life — Chronological Table — List of museums with Egyptian collections — Bibliography

Mummies And Death in Egypt

Dunand, Francoise
Cornell University 2006        Dewey Dec.   932

” Mummies are the things that fascinate us most about ancient Egypt. We are learning more all the time about the cultural processes surrounding mummification and the medical characteristics of ancient Egyptian mummies. In the first part of ‘Mummies and Death in Egypt’ Francoise Dunand gives an overview of the history of mummification in Egypt from the prehistoric to the Roman period. She thoroughly describes the preparations of the dead (tombs and their furnishings, funerary offerings, ornamentation of the corpse, coffins, and canopic jars), and she includes a separate chapter on the mummification of animals. In the second part of this book, Roger Lichtenberg, a physician and archaeologist, offers a fascinating narrative of his forensic research on mummies, much of it conducted with a portable X-ray machine on archaeological digs. His findings have revealed new information on the ages of the mummified, their causes of death, and the illnesses and injuries they suffered. Together, Dunand and Lichtenberg provide a state-of-the-art account of the science of mummification and its social and religious context.” -Publisher

Treasures of Tutankhamun

Edwards, I.E.S.
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1976        Dewey Dec.   932

‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’ was a 1970’s traveling collection of works commemorating the discovery of his tomb by Howard Carter in 1922. It was shown at a number of major museums in the U.S. and around the world, and was the most important and beautiful such exhibition of ancient Egyptian art to date. It drew huge crowds to the museums where it was shown. This volume, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, provides photos and backgrounds of the works in the exhibition, and also tells the stories of Tutankhamun the King and the discovery of his tomb.

Search for Nefertiti: The True Story of an Amazing Discovery

Fletcher, Joann
Morrow 2004        Dewey Dec.   932

“Her power was rivaled only by her beauty. Her face has become one of the most recognizable images in the world. She was an independent woman and thinker centuries before her time. But who was Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti? In ‘The Search for Nefertiti’ Dr. Fletcher, an esteemed Egyptologist, traces not only her thirteen-year search for this woman, whose beauty was as great as her power, but also brings to the forefront the way Egypt’s royal dead have been treated over time by people as varied as Agatha Christie and Adolf Hitler. She also explores how modern technology and forensics are quickly changing the field of archaeology and, in turn, what we know about history.” -Publisher

Sticks, Stones, and Shadows: Building the Egyptian Pyramids

Isler, Martin
University of Oklahoma 2001        Dewey Dec.   932

“What do the pyramids of Egypt really represent? What could have driven so many to so great, and often so dangerous, an effort? Was the motivation religious or practical? Richly illustrated with more than 300 photographs and drawings, ‘Sticks, Stones, and Shadows’ presents an entirely original approach to the subject of pyramid building. Unlike other books discussing these majestic structures, this book reveals the connection between devices that served both a practical need for survival and a spiritual belief in gods and goddesses. Few have closely examined Egyptian technologies and techniques from the origins of pyramid development to the step-by-step details of how the ground was leveled, how the site was oriented, and how the stone was raised and placed to meet at a distant point in the sky.” -Publisher

The British Museum Concise Introduction to Ancient Egypt

James, T.G.H.
University of Michigan 2005        Dewey Dec.   932

“A concise and readable survey of the unique civilization that developed within the specific geography of ancient Egypt and its influential river, the Nile. Designed especially for the non-specialist, each chapter deals with a general theme and is highly illustrated for easy browsing… Distilled from the latest discoveries, fieldwork and research by a well-known world authority, the text is spiced with ideas based on the author’s long experience in his field. The book makes a stimulating starting point for anyone studying or visiting Egypt. The main text is supported by a wealth of reference information, including guides to further reading, an annotated list of important museum collections and a king-list.” -Publisher

Contents: River and desert – The dynastic sequence – Reading and writing – Records and the official word – Faith in a multiplicity of forms – Provision for the afterlife – Builders and decorators – The mastery of crafts

The Great Goddesses of Egypt

Lesko, Barbara S.
University of Oklahoma 1999        Dewey Dec.   932

“The great goddesses of Egypt inspired magnificent temples and art and a literature that speaks of their supreme importance to the ancients–men and women, royalty and commoners. In this book Barbara S. Lesko follows the changing fortunes, over thousands of years, of the seven most significant Egyptian goddesses: Nut, Neith, Nekhbet, Wadjet, Hathor, Mut, and Isis. Some appeared in prehistory, and some were later political creations. One became a universally revered goddess of the Greco-Roman world who successfully held her own against Christianity for five hundred years.” -Publisher

Contents: Early women and the first evidence of faith — The sky goddess nut — Neith, Lady of Sais and creator of all — The two ladies: vestiges of the remote past — Hathor, Goddess of love — Mut and the sacred cats — Isis, Great of Magic — Temples, their rituals, and their clergy — Conclusion — Appendix. A glossary of goddesses.

The Library Of Alexandria: Centre of Learning in the Ancient World

MacLeod, Roy, ed.
Tauris 2010        Dewey Dec.   932

“When Julius Caesar captured Alexandria in 47 BC, the ancient library that bore the Macedonian’s name was in ruin. In the fires that raged along the harbor-side, and ravaged Ptolemy’s fleet, thousands of scrolls collected and composed by nine generations of resident scholars and philosophers were consumed. More destruction in AD 450 removed from scholarship a priceless inheritance of Greek, Hebrew, and probably Mesopotamian literature, and much of what was then known of ancient Egypt. What had been not the only, but perhaps the most famous library, museum and even garden of the Hellenistic period, was banished to the attics of legend and myth… The ancient Library has never lost its hold on the European imagination, and in recent years, has begun to win increasing attention from historians and students of literature and science.” – Publisher. The papers in this collection were contributed by some of those historians.

Contents: Introduction : Alexandria in history and myth / Roy MacLeod — Before Alexandria : libraries in the Ancient Near East / D.T. Potts — Alexandria : the umbilicus of the ancient world / Wendy Brazil — Cloistered bookworms in the chicken-coop of the muses : the ancient library of Alexandria / Robert Barnes — Aristotle’s works : the possible origins of the Alexandria collection / R.G. Tanner — Doctors in the library : the strange tale of Apollonius the bookworm and other stories / John Vallance — The theatre of Paphos and the theatre of Alexandria : some first thoughts / J.R. Green — Scholars and students in the Roman East / Samuel N.C. Lieu — The Neoplatonists and the mystery schools of the Mediterranean / Patricia Cannon Johnson — Alexandria and its Medieval legacy : the book, the monk and the rose / J.O. Ward.

Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: The Story of Egyptology

Mertz, Barbara
Coward-McCann 1964        Dewey Dec.   932

An introduction to the history of ancient Egypt and Egyptology. “Mertz gives special attention to such topics as the kingship (yes) of Queen Hatshepsut, the exploits of Thutmose III, and the Amarna Period with its intriguing players… Mertz also explains in simple language archaeological techniques such as carbon 14 dating and historical chronology.” Libr J.

Arts, Leisure, and Sport in Ancient Egypt

Nardo, Don
Lucent 2005        Dewey Dec.   932

“The many arts and crafts at which the Egyptians excelled and the numerous leisure pastimes they pursued are examined in detail in this enlightening book. Among the crafts covered are pottery- and glass-making, spinning and weaving, painting, sculpture and jewelry-making. Other chapters are devoted to Egyptian writing systems and literature, as well as activities such as music, dancing, wrestling, archery and hunting.” -Publisher

Please see our selected Biographies of People from Ancient History

Women in Ancient Egypt

Robins, Gay
Harvard University 1993        Dewey Dec.   932

Using primary sources, this book provides a review of the lives of Egyptian women between about 3000 BC and 332 AD. It deals chiefly with the elite class since the peasants left little mark, and shows how, despite restrictions, some women wielded great power in Ancient Egypt.

Contents: Royal women and queenship – Queens, power, and the assumption of kingship – Marriage – Fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth – The family and the household – Women outside the home – The economic and legal position of women – Women and temple ritual – Personal religion and death – Images of women in literature and art

Ancient Lives: Daily Life in Egypt of the Pharaohs

Romer, John
Henry Holt 1990        Dewey Dec.   932

“In this rich and compelling piece of investigative reporting, John Romer takes us back 3,500 years to a tiny Egyptian village located in a desert outside Thebes. The village was once home to generations of workers and artisans who built and adorned the spectacular tombs of the Pharaohs. Recent excavations of the village have unearthed detailed records kept by scribes and an impressive array of goods from its households and its own tombs. It is this material that has enabled Romer to reconstruct in exhaustive detail the routines and rhythms of these people, how they lived, loved, drank, robbed, played, suffered, and, most importantly, created in a time when immortality was presumed.” -Book cover

Contents: Thebes — Earthly powers — The great place — The village — Scribe Kenhirkhopeshef — Royal tomb — Festival — Four kings — Foreman Paneb — Dreams — Kenhirkhopeshef II — Paneb II — The foreman’s brother — Fragments — Oracle — Scribe Amennakht — Strike — Vizier and high priest — Painters — Tomb-robbers — Scribe Harshire — Thebes II — Renaissance — Kings and wadis — Epilogue : Deir el Medina

Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum

Russmann, Edna
University of California 2001        Dewey Dec.   932

“Edited by exhibition curator Edna Russmann with a contribution form Harry James, this catalogue covers a new and previously under-exploited aspect of Egyptian history. No ancient civilization has a larger and more varied artistic legacy than Egypt, yet exhibitions have traditionally emphasized its importance as historical document rather than as extraordinary artistic expression. The catalogue features the unique and innovative aspects of art from each period, as well as its characteristic styles, forms and genre, including painting, hieroglyphic writing, jewellery and statuary.” -Publisher

Contents: A historical overview of Egyptian art / Edna R. Russmann — Aspects of Egyptian art / Edna R. Russman ; Two dimensional representation ; Portraiture ; Archaism — The formation and growth of the Egyptian collections of the British Museum / T.G.H. James — Catalogue. Early Dynastic period (cat. nos. 1-3) ; Old Kingdom (cat. nos. 4-11) ; Middle Kingdom (cat. nos. 12-42) ; New Kingdom (cat. nos. 43-98) ; New Kingdom to Ptolemaic period (cat. nos. 99-105) ; New Kingdom to Roman period (cat. nos. 106-11) ; Third intermediate period (cat. nos. 112-22) ; Third intermediate period to Late period (cat. nos. 123-28) ; Late period (cat. nos. 129-37) ; Ptolemaic period (cat. nos. 138-44)

The British Museum Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt

Shaw, Ian and Paul Nicholson
British Museum 2002        Dewey Dec.   932

“Drawing on the vast resources of London’s British Museum, The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt is loaded with information on the major ideas, events, and personalities that shaped over 4,000 years of civilization in the Nile Valley. More than 600 clear and concise entries are illustrated by photographs, maps, site plans, and charts. The entries are extensively cross-referenced and comprehensively indexed, and each is followed by a brief bibliography.” -Book jacket

The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

Shaw, Ian
Oxford University 2003        Dewey Dec.   932

“The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is the only history to provide detailed historical coverage of Egypt from the early Stone Age to its incorporation into the Roman Empire. The essays and beautiful illustrations portray the emergence and development of the distinctive civilization of the ancient Egyptians covering the period from 700,000 B.C. to A.D. 311. The authors outline the principal sequence of political events, including detailed examinations of the three so-called Intermediate Periods previously regarded as ‘dark ages’.” -Book jacket

Contents: Introduction : chronologies and cultural change in Egypt / Ian Shaw — Prehistory : from the Palaeolithic to the Badarian culture (c. 700,000-4000 BC / Stan Hendrickx and Pierre Vermeersch — The Naqada period (c. 4000-3200 BC) / Béatrix Midant-Reynes — The emergence of the Egyptian state (c. 3200-2686 BC) / Kathryn A. Bard — The Old Kingdom (c. 2686-2125 BC) / Jaromir Malek — The First Intermediate period (c. 2160-2055 BC) / Stephan Seidlmayer — The Middle Kingdom renaissance (c. 2055-1650 BC) / Gae Callender — The Second Intermediate period (c. 1650-1550 BC) / Janine Bourriau — The 18th dynasty before the Amarna period (c. 1550-1352 BC) / Betsy M. Bryan — The Amarna period and the Later New Kingdom (c. 1352-1069 BC) / Jacobus Van Dijk — Egypt and the outside world / Ian Shaw — The Third Intermediate period (1069-664 BC) / John Taylor — The Late period (664-332 BC) / Alan B. Lloyd — The Ptolemaic period (332-30 BC) / Alan B. Lloyd — The Roman period (30 BC-AD 395) / David Peacock

The Valley of the Kings and the Theban Tombs

Siliotti, Alberto
American University in Cairo 2000        Dewey Dec.   932

Tourist Pocket Guide – 48 pages, with lots of photos.

War In Ancient Egypt

Spalinger, Anthony J.
Blackwell 2005        Dewey Dec.   932

“This book is an introduction to the Pharaonic war machine of New Kingdom Egypt from c.1575 B.C. to 1100 B.C.. Written by a respected Egyptologist, it concentrates on Dynasty XVIII and the Ramesside period, in which the Egyptians created a professional army and gained control of Syria, creating an `Empire of Asia’. The author highlights technological developments during this period, such as the new use of chariots and siege technology; and considers the socio-political aspects of warfare, particularly the rise to power of a new group of men. At the same time, he evaluates the military effectiveness of the Egyptian state by looking at the logistics of warfare; each chapter is followed by an `excursus’ in which the logistical issues are analyzed in detail.” -Publisher

Ancient Egyptian Civilization

Stalcup, Brenda, ed.
Greenhaven 2000        Dewey Dec.   932

A volume in the ‘Turning Points in World History’ series, with a collection of the papers below.

Contents: Brief history of ancient Egypt — Rise of Egyptian civilization — Unique geographic conditions in Egypt / John A. Wilson ; Influence of Mesopotamian civilization / Barbara Mertz ; Unification of upper and lower Egypt / Jill Kamil — Royalty and religion in ancient Egypt — Divine rule : the pharaoh as god / Jon Manchip White ; Royal family / Cyril Aldred ; Religious beliefs and practices / Lionel Casson ; Death and the afterlife in ancient Egypt / Rosalie David ; Sacred animal cults / A.J. Spencer — Accomplishments of ancient Egyptian civilization — Writing and literature in ancient Egypt / Barbara Sewell ; Medical knowledge and practices / Eugen Strouhal ; Solar calendar / M. Abdel-Kader Hatem ; Pyramids of Egypt / John Romer ; Egyptian art / Paul Johnson — Decline of the Egyptian empire — Heretic pharaoh / Elizabeth Riefstahl ; Last moment of greatness / Torgny Save-Soderbergh ; Centuries of decline / Lionel Casson & Editors of Time-Life Books ; Greek rulers of Egypt / Desmond Stewart — Heritage of ancient Egyptian civilization — Egypt’s enduring legacy / Douglas J. Brewer & Emily Teeter ; Egypt’s influence on ancient Greece / William A. Ward ; Meroe : the African heir of ancient Egypt / P.L. Shinnie ; Egypt’s moral legacy : the impact on early Judaism / James Henry Breasted — Egyptian religious and moralistic writings in their own sacred texts

Egyptian Life

Stead, Miriam
British Museum 1986        Dewey Dec.   932

“Contrary to the popular view that they were a people obsessed with religion and death, the ancient Egyptians were in fact very much concerned with the enjoyment of life–so much so that they desired their civilized, often exuberant existence to be continued for ever in the afterlife. Thus they equipped their tombs with all the trappings of life on earth and decorated the walls with colorful scenes depicting their many activities, pleasures and pastimes. With the aid of a wealth of illustrations from the British Museum’s rich Egyptian collections, Miriam Stead combines the evidence from the tombs with that of excavation and written sources to recreate a remarkably vivid and wide-ranging picture of life in ancient Egypt.” -Publisher

Behind the Sealed Door: The Discovery of the Tomb and Treasures of Tutankhamun

Swinburne, Irene
Sniffen Court 1977        Dewey Dec.   932

“When the tomb of “King Tut” the pharaoh Tutankhamun — was discovered in 1922 the entire world was thrilled, for behind the sealed door was the richest treasure from an ancient civilization that has ever been brought to light. Rich
jewels, exquisite furniture and other artifacts, beautiful statues, and a coffin of solid gold — chamber after chamber crammed with riches — rewarded long years of search on the part of archeologist Howard Carter and patron, Lord Carnarvon… The Swinburnes’ simple but authoritative text tells of the discovery of the tomb in a lively narrative as exciting as a mystery story. The work of the archeologists, the magnificent treasures they found, and the life of Tutankhamun are described in fascinating detail. Over 100 stunning photographs — 42 in full color — and a mylar insert showing the coffins and mummy of Tutankhamun illustrate this highly readable book.” -Book jacket

Books on the Ancient World not included in our more specific ancient history collections, at History of the Ancient World

Unwrapping a Mummy: The Life, Death and Embalming of Horemkenesi

Taylor, John H.
University of Texas 1996        Dewey Dec.   932

“Horemkenesi was an Egyptian priest and official who lived at Thebes in the eleventh century B.C. The unwrapping and scientific examination of his mummified body (the last such investigation to have been carried out in Britain) provided a rare opportunity to study the remains of a known historical figure using the most sophisticated technology and methods of analysis. By combining the results of this study with information from inscriptions on Horemkenesi’s coffin and rock graffiti recording his work in the cemeteries of Thebes, it is possible to build up a fascinating picture of the life, death, and mummification of an ancient Egyptian.” -Publisher

Early Civilizations: Ancient Egypt in Context

Trigger, Bruce G.
American University in Cairo 1993        Dewey Dec.   932

Based on a series of lectures delivered by the author in Cairo in 1992, this work compares ancient Egypt with the early civilizations of Mesopotamia, North China, Maya, Mexico, Peru, and Southwestern Nigeria. Discussion covers definitions, methods, economic foundations, politics, culture, and religion. Includes bibliographical essays on each civilization.

Contents: Comparative Chronological Chart — 1. The Unique and the General. The Comparative Study of Early Civilizations. A Definition of Early Civilization. City and Territorial States. Comparative Studies. Methodology. Sources. Interpretations — 2. Economic Foundations. Agriculture. Kinship. Land Ownership. Taxation. Authority. The Army. Inequality — 3. Politics and Culture. Class Hierarchy. Social Mobility. Administrative Control. Status Symbols. Tribute. Trade. Monumental Architecture. Art. Values and Lifestyles — 4. Religion. Concepts of Deity. Cosmology. Humanity and the Gods. Kings and Gods. The Destiny of the Individual — 5. Postscript. Sources on the Early Civilizations. Old and Middle Kingdom Egypt. Ancient Mesopotamia. Shang and Western Chou China. The Classic Mayas.

Pyramids: The Mystery, Culture, and Science of Egypt’s Great Monuments

Verner, Miroslav
Grove 2001        Dewey Dec.   932

“Hailed by Science News as “the new seminal text,” The Pyramids is the most up-to-date, comprehensive record of Egypt’s ancient monuments to become available in the last six decades. Distinguished Egyptologist Miroslav Verner draws from the research of the earliest Egyptologists as well as the startling discoveries arising from the technological advances of the 1980s and 1990s. His Pyramids offers a clear, authoritative guide to the ancient culture that created the pyramids five thousand years ago without iron or bronze, and with only the most elementary systems of calculation. As he explains the magnitude of this accomplishment, he also traces the stories and ideas of the intrepid scientists who have uncovered them.” -Publisher

Book of the Pharaohs

Vernus, Pascal
Cornell University 2003        Dewey Dec.   932

“The Book of the Pharaohs is an encyclopedia made up of short essays on the pharaohs themselves, as well as on places, dynasties, personages, subjects, and themes relating to the kings and their rule. Entries range from “Adoratrices” (priestesses of Hathor, the Egyptian Aphrodite, whose role was to arouse the erotic impulse in the creator gods) and “Amarna” (the capital created by the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten) to “Scorpion” (who ruled before the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt) and “Zero Dynasty” (the designation for pre-pharaonic Egypt). In addition, Vernus and Yoyotte include a substantial essay on the sources for Egyptian history, a bibliography of books for general readers, and a chronological table that organizes the major periods of Egyptian history and notes the most illustrious royal names from each.” -Publisher

Rise And Fall Of Ancient Egypt

Wilkinson, Toby
Random House 2010        Dewey Dec.   932

“The author offers a revisionist view of the ugly life hidden by the splendors and dazzling treasures of pharaonic Egypt He shows in rich detail that it was a brutal society where life was cheap, royal power absolute and established through fear and coercion. This is a penetrating and authoritative overview of a violent ancient civilization often revered by contemporary scholars and enthusiasts.” -Pub Wkly

Contents: Divine right (5000-2175 B.C.). In the beginning ; God incarnate ; Absolute power ; Heaven on Earth ; Eternity assured — End of innocence (2175-1541 B.C.). Civil war ; Paradise postponed ; The face of tyranny ; Bitter harvest — The power and the glory (1541-1322 B.C.). Order reimposed ; Pushing the boundaries ; King and country ; Golden Age ; Royal revolution — Military might (1322-1069 B.C.). Martial law ; War and peace ; Triumph and tragedy ; Double-edged sword — Change and decay (1069-30 B.C.). A house divided ; A tarnished throne ; Fortune’s fickle wheel ; Invasion and introspection ; The long goodbye ; Finis.

Culture of Ancient Egypt

Wilson, John A.
University of Chicago 1956        Dewey Dec.   932

“The story of Egypt is the story of history itself—the endless rise and fall, the life and death and life again of the eternal human effort to endure, enjoy, and understand the mystery of our universe. Emerging from the ancient mists of time, Egypt met the challenge of the mystery in a glorious evolution of religious, intellectual, and political institutions and for two millenniums flourished with all the vigor that the human heart can invest in a social and cultural order. Then Egypt began to crumble into the desert sands and the waters of the Nile, and her remarkable achievements in civilization became her lingering epitaph. John A. Wilson has written a rich and interpretive biography of one of the greatest cultural periods in human experience. He answers—as best the modern Egyptologist can—the questions inevitably asked concerning the dissolution of Egypt’s glory.” -Book cover

Contents: The black land : geographic features of Egypt — Out of the mud : the long prehistoric struggle — The search for security and order : Dynasties 1-3 (about 3100-2700 B.C.) — The king and God : Dynasties 4-6 (about 2700-2200 B.C.) — The first illness : Dynasties 7-11 (about 2200-2050 B.C.) — The king as the good shepherd : Dynasties 11-12 (about 2050-1800 B.C.) — The great humiliation : Dynasties 13-17 (about 1800-1550 B.C.) — Far frontiers : earlier Dynasty 18 (about 1550-1375 B.C.) — Irrepressible conflict : later Dynasty 18 (about 1375-1325) — Where is the glory? : Dysnasties 18-20 (about 1325-1100 B.C.) — The broken reed : Late Empire and Post-Empire (1350 B.C. and after)

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