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Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: White Star; illustrated edition edition (13 Mar. 2008)
This beautiful book about the queens of ancient Egypt is written by Rosanna Pirelli, a classical archaeologist who teaches Egyptology at the University of Naples, Italy. The preface is written by a guest writer, Suzanne Mubarak, who is married to Hosni Mubarak, who is the president of Egypt. It is quite fitting that the first lady of modern Egypt should make this contribution to a book about the first ladies of ancient Egypt. The introduction is written by another guest writer, Dorothea Arnold, who is the chairman of the Department of Egyptology in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The preface is short, only one page. This is not surprising. I do not expect more than this. The point is just to show that Suzanne Mubarak wants to lend her name to this publication. The introduction is also short, only three pages. This is a bit surprising. I would expect a more substantial contribution, maybe 10-15 pages, because this writer is an expert on ancient Egypt. Why is the introduction so short? Is it because Dorothea Arnold did not want to do more? Or is it because the publisher told her not to do more? I do not know. There is no information about this in the book.
Pirelli's text is divided into four chapters:
* # 1: Women, Queens and Goddesses in Ancient Egypt * # 2: Women as Sovereigns * # 3: The Queens of Pharaonic Egypt * # 4: Cleopatra and the Ptolemaic Queens
The book concludes with a chronology, an index and a list of photo credits. There is no bibliography.
This book is from White Star, a publishing house based in Vercelli, Italy. It is published in a large format, and it is lavishly illustrated.Read more ›
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Sumptuous feast for the eyes20 Jan. 2010
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I'll just say right now that I buy books mainly for the pictures. I'm an illustrator and large, detailed photos are excellent reference be it animals, architecture, or antiquities. So, in the case of "The Queens of Ancient Egypt", other than the titles of the photographs, I haven't read a single word of this book. So, if you're interested in a review of the text and anything having anything to do with the text, my review is of no help to you. BUT, I will say that the quality of the images i this book are, as far as I have seen, unrivaled - thus, I would have to say that the photos alone are worth the cover price. This is hands down the best collection of ancient Egyptian imagery I have seen (and I have seen a LOT of books on this subject). The detail and quality of the pictures is tremendous - there are exquisitely detailed pictures of jewelry, statues, reliefs, sarcophagi, and hieroglyphs - it's just phenomenal. And the amount of imagery in the book is likewise tremendous. So, if you're looking for great, detailed pictures of all things ancient Egypt - whether for reference or simply to enjoy the beauty of ancient Egyptian artwork - I can not recommend this book enough!