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Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt Paperback – Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 2 edition (Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061252743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061252747
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,451,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic work on the human side of ancient Egypt offers insight into what everyday life was like for Egyptians at various class levels, in an accessible account that describes unique cultural details while also revealing the commonalities shared by ancient Egyptians and modern people. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By gilly8 on 14 Dec. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a basic history of ancient Egypt, concentrating on the day-to-day life of the average people, and written by B. Mertz PH.D, otherwise known as Elizabeth Peters, author of the Amelia Peabody series.

It is referenced in many of the non-fiction books I have read or skimmed. Unfortunately, there are not too many photographs and they are black and white in the version of the book I have. (I have an old copy from a used book store, apparently its been re-released, I don't know what changes are in the new book.)

The writing is clear, not dry and boring or text-bookish although it was originally a textbook I believe. It is readable, and fun to "dip into" for selections on various aspects of life, such as changes in clothes over time, hair styles, army life, etc.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Doolan on 21 Sept. 2011
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I was surprised at how enjoyable this book was. I had purchased another book on daily life in Egypt and it was much more scholarly if you take my meaning, however while just as informative Barbara Mertz writes with a sense of humour and makes the people of this ancient civilisation seem so much more human. In the book I purchased there are some rather grainy black and white photos but there are also beautiful colour plates and some simple sketches to give you an idea of exactly what the author is describing. Anyway for me the words are more important and the pages just skipped by. Highly enjoyable.
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Having read the Amelia Peabody series, I was keen to know how Barbara Mertz would deal with a factual account of Ancient Egyptian life. I wasn't disappointed. She writes in a down to earth but knowledgeable way that is interesting and informative. She tells you when the theories clash and gives you her opinion. This is a very readable book.
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By Miz on 9 Jun. 2015
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Every book ever written by the late Barbara Mertz (non-fiction & fiction) is un-put-downable, absolutely compulsive reading. And this gives a different perspective on the ordinary people, unusual subject matter.
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By natalia on 3 Dec. 2014
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Great book about life in Ancient Egypt.
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