I read this book almost 33 years ago (in the fall of 1968), as one of seven books required for a Humanities class taught at Santa Rosa Junior College by Rabbi Tripp (sic?). I was astonished by the significance of James H. Breasted's thesis, the empirical support for his argument, the cogency of his presentation, and the truly impressive quality of his engaging, erudite, and entirely engrossing style of composition. In brief, Breasted argues (and substantiates with his close attention to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and other forms of evidence)that a truly moral conception of the human condition (and the foundations of conscience)emerged first in Egypt, profoundly influencing the Hebrews, who proceeded to moralize the universe. Breasted traces the dawn of conscience to Egypt. Through the (great many) years since then, Breasted's work has repeatedly come to mind, both for the significance of his thesis and the quality of his writing. Because of this, I decided to check with AMAZON.COM to see if Breasted's wonderful book is still available. It was with great surprise that I found that Philip Myhre has written a (properly adulatory)review of this great book only a little more than a month ago, and that his home town is practically next door. Since this indicates that others might seek out this valuable book, I add my assessment: Read this book. You will not forget it.