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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Facts On File Inc; Revised edition edition (31 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816040362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816040360
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 24.8 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 850,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick VINE VOICE on 6 Mar 2007
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I have been to Egypt, the first time was in 1993, and I made my mind up that I'd like to study Egyptology.

Although in my second year of studying Egyptology, during my first year this was one of my study books.

It's an excellent book for discovering Ancient Egypt's History. It covers many areas so it's not just an in-depth book on one subject.

This is a revised edition on the 1980 publication, as we all know they are always discovering new information from the constant digs that are going on in Egypt. It's a good idea to revise books otherwise these days as far as Egyptology goes they get out dated pretty quickly.

There are three part to this book, part one is to do with the cultural setting, part two takes you on a journey down the Nile explaining what you'll come across and the history behind it, part three is on the aspect of Egyptian society.

Besides the excellent text of this book there are some lovely photographs, drawings and excellent maps included.

I would say that this is more of an overview of Ancient Egyptian history as it covers many aspects, so it doesn't get to intense which is great for someone who just wants a little knowledge about different things in Egypt.

You may feel this book is a lot of money but its well worth it; it's a good reference book.

It makes an excellent edition to my little Egyptian library, which now stands at nearly 1000 books on this subject. :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Reynolds on 14 Oct 2010
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Like the previous lady I have a fairly extensive and diverse library of Egyptology books. What this book does is correlate the names places and subsequently the events as and where they occurred. It's well written, has beautiful stimulating photography and to be honest should form the bedrock of reading matter for students of all things ancient Egyptian. As the previous reviewer said the book (new) can be a bit pricey but if you are careful and look for a good copy on Amazon as I did you'll find one for a third of the normal retail price. My copy was [...] and is pristine. Thankyou [...]. Rob Reynolds
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Very well illustrated - this book takes you beyond the surface to an in-depth study of the country, with useful maps and plenty of information. Suitable for novices and for those who already know something about the history of Ancient Egypt.
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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
An intellectual and visual delight 18 Oct 2000
By G. Eric Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second edition of one of the finest summations of ancient Egyptian civilization ever written for the general reader. Not only is this an exellent introduction to many aspects of Egypt, it is a visual delight. The maps, especially, configure in the reader's mind spacial relationships and their cultural implications. Other illustrations of temple precincts and related architectural elements of Egyptian life supplement the excellent writing, written for, but never "down to" non-specialists. If I were to own only one reference work on ancient Egypt, this would be the one.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Excellent maps and illustrations 23 Feb 2005
By Ray Farmer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As Baines and Malek explained in their introduction, they attempted to make this atlas useful for those readers who might plan to travel to Egypt and visit the ancient sites. The authors made good on this claim by devoting over half of the atlas to a section entitled "A Journey Down the Nile", which provides a survey of ancient sites that are encountered while traveling down the Nile from Elephantine towards the Delta. Archaeological finds are briefly introduced for each location through a combination of discussion, illustrations, and frequent maps. Since this part of the atlas is organized according to geography (south to north along the Nile), sites from different historical periods are inevitably mixed together, which leads to a confusing sequence of, for example, Ptolemaic temples followed by New Kingdom tombs followed by Predynastic graves and so on. While this arrangement might be useful as a travel guide of sorts, armchair travelers (like myself) who expect a continuous development of ideas may be disappointed. Perhaps if the authors had organized their "Journey" chronologically as well as geographically, this atlas would have had more of an impact on its readership, especially when reinforced by the plethora of photos, illustrations, and maps that are present.

Despite this misgiving, I thought that the short articles that constitute the remainder of the atlas were informative and interesting. Topics covered in these articles include Egyptian art, religion, and writing, among others. And of course, numerous photos and diagrams are provided that are a pleasure in and of themselves.

As far as I'm concerned, the major strengths of the "Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt" are the excellent historical maps, the floor diagrams of the major sites, and the visual delight provided by the beautiful photos. Although the geographical framework is a limitation, the strengths outweigh the weaknesses, and this book will probably be able to satisfy the "Egyptomania" fix of many readers.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A well written and illustrated description of egyptian history 17 Sep 2005
By Richard E. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reads well, in a subject area where turgid prose is the rule. It begins with topical sections giving a good overview, each of which can be read in an hour or two. Then it proceeds on a journey down the length of the Nile. Although I needed to read more specialized books, at the price of turgid prose, to delve deeply into some aspects of Egyptian prehistory, I regret that I had not started with this one. This book will do nicely as the ONLY or the FIRST book on Egypt in one's library, depending upon one's needs. Having read several books on Egypt previously ,which lacked good maps, the topical maps in this book justify the entire expense.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Cultural atlas of Ancient Egypt 10 Mar 2006
By yarrow - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in ancient cultures as I am this is a great addition to your studies. It gives you a visual element to what can be just words on a page. If you only have a passing curiosity about Egypt it is a wonderful way to dip your feet in the Nile for just a little while. If you like maps and graphics it is a thrill ride.
13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A superb guide. 15 May 2002
By claudia Talbert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have loved traveling to Egypt for years and have devoured everything decent I can find to read about this country and its people. If you want to understand the Egyptians this volume is one good place to start.
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