- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (12 Jun. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842120441
- ISBN-13: 978-1842120446
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ancient Lives: The Story of the Pharaoh's Tombmakers (Phoenix Press) Paperback – 12 Jun 2003
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About the Author
John Romer is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. He began work in archaeology in the University of Chicago's epigraphic survey at Thebes and Upper Egypt. For the last twenty-five years he has alternated professional archaeology and interests in conservation with an international career of writing books and television series which he also presents to critical acclaim. John Romer lives and works around the Mediterranean and the Middle East with his wife Elizabeth.
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Romer's infectious enthusiasm for his subject shines out of every page. I would highly recommend it to any amature Egyptologists especially those who have also read Christian Jacq's fictional 'Stone of Light' series about the tomb builders village. I read 'Ancient Lives' many years ago and when I recently read the 'Stone of Light' series felt that I already knew many of the characters.
I would highly recommend this book to those new to the subject of Egyptology as after reading this you will be hungry for more.
During my second year of studying Egyptology, I've come across this book. Although it wasn't one of the study books I was required to read I decided to purchase it.
It's an excellent book about the Egyptian workers village on the west bank which was close to the Valley of the Kings. Through evidence that's been found this Egyptologist has written a biography about the village and its people.
It's extremely interesting to see how these people coped with the lives they had chosen to live. John Romer also takes a look at some of the peoples lives that have been well documented for generations of Egyptians that were due to follow, the lives of certain Scribes and their families have been extremely well documented, which makes interesting reading for anyone who is interested in Egyptology.
During the middle 1980's Channel 4 did a series of short programmes to do with the "Ancient Lives" of the Egyptians, this is just one of the books which were written in conjunction with that TV series, there are others in this series that you can also read.
It makes an excellent edition to my little Egyptian library, which now stands at nearly 1000 books on this subject. :-)
so far i have read it over four times, it traces the lives of the Royal tomb builders of Dier-el-Medina, John Romer covers their marriages, deaths, quarrels and their remarkable acheivements in the Valley of the Kings, as so many of their mames have come to light you have a sense of what they really could have been like, i highly recommend this book to anyone interested in ancient Egypt, its just a shame that the TV series for which this book derives from is not repeated or available to buy!