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Tales of Ancient Egypt (Puffin Classics) Paperback – Illustrated, 23 Feb 1995


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; New Ed edition (23 Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140367160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140367164
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before the land of Egypt rose out of the waters at the beginning of the world, Ra the Shining One came into being. Read the first page
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Martin Turner HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
Ancient Egypt is a a popular interest - as I write this, Amazon lists 3341 titles on the subject. So why read this book rather than any other?
Simply, this is a near perfect retelling of the Egyptian myths for nine year-olds and upwards. Understanding the myths helps us to get inside the soul of ancient peoples. Without that, history books and popular archaeology leave us only as outsiders looking in.
Roger Lancellyn Green makes the right decision to tell the myths in their own space. He leads the reader from the Egyptian creation story naturally onwards through the betrayal by Set and the rise of Osiris. He introduces key ideas like 'Ka' and 'Ba' which are completely unlike anything in our Western culture with stories that illustrate and explain them.
Reading this at the age of nine, it never occurred to me that this was difficult stuff, or academic or esoteric. Tales of Ancient Egypt tells it so well that it just became part of what I knew.
I would recommend this book to any child who likes myths. But I would especially recommend that you take a copy of this book with you when you walk round the Egyptian section of any museum, and especially if you walk round the British Museum in London. Putting the stories together with how the ancient Egyptians lived, the things they made, and how they died will cement the people of the old Nile in your mind forever.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By The Psychedelic Goth on 6 Nov. 2003
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My dad gave me this book when I was six and I became hooked on Egypt after reading the very first page. There's magic in this book, and having spent many years reading other Egyptian mythology books, this is the only one I'd ever recommend. It's divided up into three sections: tales of the Gods, of men and other stories, so it's not the continuous cycle of some of his other works. The writing style does try to mimic how the Egyptians wrote, and it's all the better for it; in fact in style it is very similar to the equally excellent King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table. That the previous reviewer didn't get it is very sad because I think this a fantastic book; and twenty odd (ahem) years on, it's just as beautiful as the first time.
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Good Egyptian topic book - ideal for teachers teaching Ancient Egypt as a topic - I used with my Year 5 class but could be amended for younger classes
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a nice collection of bedtime stories
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 2 Jun. 2009
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Tales of Ancient Egypt is a collection of stories from the world of Ancient Egypt, split up into three categories; Tales of the Gods; Tales of Magic and Tales of Adventure. These stories date back to 3200 BCE - 30 CE making them some of the oldest surviving myths and legends of the world.

The Ancient Egyptian tales are drastically different from Western fairy-tales. Western tales always have a good character and an evil character and something horrible happens to the evil one, and the good one always lives happily ever after. However, in Ancient Egyptian stories, there is no big distinction between the good and evil characters, only between the clever and not-clever characters - e.g. In The Treasure Thief where the Pharaoh couldn't capture the thief so instead gave him a place in the royal palace with himself and rewarded him gold and other such treasures.

Reading stories told by Ancient Egyptians tells you a little about how they thought. For instance, the Ancient Egyptian's opinion on women and Ethiopians was not high at all. In the tale Se-Osiris and the Sealed Letter, the Ethiopians were referred to as `barbarians'. Women were viewed as a man's `property' - the Pharaoh, for instance, had a `Royal House of Women'. Another example of this is in the tale The Princess and the Demon where the Pharaoh is given a woman as a gift, with no passing mention of her views on the matter, and the Pharaoh re-names her as one would a dog. From this we can draw the conclusion that in Ancient Egyptian society, women weren't viewed as real people, only as possessions to be passed from hand to hand.

I personally did not enjoy this book. I think, because I am so used to Western tales, the stories of Ancient Egypt seemed strangely unsatisfying. However, despite not liking this book, it was worth reading as it gave me some insights into how the Ancient Egyptians thought, as well as showing me the tales that were told in that time.
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