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Atlas of the Valley of the Kings (The Theban Mapping Project)
Atlas of the Valley of the Kings (The Theban Mapping Project)
by Kent R. Weeks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £49.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says, 31 Jan. 2008
If expect this book, 'Atlas of the Valley of the Kings', to be an atlas (i.e. collection of maps/plans) of the Valley of the Kings then you will not be disappointed.

If you expect it to be something quite different, you may well be.


The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt
The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt
by Aidan Dodson
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact-Packed, 31 Jan. 2008
Not an easy read, but an excellent textbook which gives order and sense to a vast quantity of sometimes confusing evidence about the relationships of the ancient Egyptian royal family(ies).


Village Life in Ancient Egypt: Laundry Lists and Love Songs
Village Life in Ancient Egypt: Laundry Lists and Love Songs
by A. G. McDowell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £52.00

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but..., 31 Jan. 2008
... why is this paperback so expensive?!?

This book deserves to be a big seller because it an absolutely excellent and fascinating collection of texts about the community at Deir el-Medina. The translated texts are sensibly grouped together and have both commentary and further reading.

Because of the content, for which the author should be heartily congratulated, I am giving this 5 stars, but the publishers deserve no stars for pricing it so ridiculously.
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Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume II: The New Kingdom: New Kingdom v. 2
Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume II: The New Kingdom: New Kingdom v. 2
by Miriam Lichtheim
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.56

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, 31 Jan. 2008
There is no better way to understand a people than to read their own writings. The Egyptians have left us a vast amount of written material of different types - autobiographies, myths, royal records - and to read them is to come close to the ancient mind.

Lichtheim's collections of translations of Egyptian texts, in three connected volumes, are some of the most accessible, with their helpful commentary and notes. They are an essential part of a library of anyone genuinely interested in ancient Egypt.


Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms: Old and the Middle Kingdoms v. 1
Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms: Old and the Middle Kingdoms v. 1
by Miriam Lichtheim
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.56

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, 31 Jan. 2008
There is no better way to understand a people than to read their own writings. The Egyptians have left us a vast amount of written material of different types - autobiographies, myths, royal records - and to read them is to come close to the ancient mind.

Lichtheim's collections of translations of Egyptian texts, in three connected volumes, are some of the most accessible, with their helpful commentary and notes. They are an essential part of a library of anyone genuinely interested in ancient Egypt.


Ancient Egyptian Literature: Late Period v. 3
Ancient Egyptian Literature: Late Period v. 3
by Miriam Lichtheim
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.56

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, 31 Jan. 2008
There is no better way to understand a people than to read their own writings. The Egyptians have left us a vast amount of written material of different types - autobiographies, myths, royal records - and to read them is to come close to the ancient mind.

Lichtheim's collections of translations of Egyptian texts, in three connected volumes, are some of the most accessible, with their helpful commentary and notes. They are an essential part of a library of anyone genuinely interested in ancient Egypt.


Ancient Egypt: A Social History
Ancient Egypt: A Social History
by B. G. Trigger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than Pharaohs, 31 Jan. 2008
Don't read this book if you just want a list of pharaohs and what they did (or said they did).
Don't read this book if you want to read a lot of generalisations about ancient Egypt, most of which don't stand up to much scrutiny.

Do read this book if you want to understand the 'real' history of ancient Egypt, where the underlying reasons for famous events are explored, and the evidence carefully balanced, by leading scholars in the field.


Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation
Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilisation
by Barry J. Kemp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.09

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Insight, 31 Jan. 2008
This is the 2nd, revised and expanded version of what was already an Egyptological classic. Barry Kemp's deep and wide-ranging knowledge of ancient Egypt, its archaeololgy and its written records, is on full display. Perhaps just as important are the perspectives Kemp gives to life in ancient Egypt by inviting us to compare it to the modern world around us. Probably the best single book on ancient Egypt from the last 30 years.


Egypt: How A Lost Civilisation Was Rediscovered
Egypt: How A Lost Civilisation Was Rediscovered
by Joyce Tyldesley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Egyptological Classic, 12 Jan. 2006
I watched the recent BBC television series ‘Egypt’ with great pleasure – despite a few minor quibbles I thought it was both serious in intent and extremely entertaining. This book of the series by Joyce Tyldesley is even better. Rather than concentrating on only three individuals (Carter, Belzoni and Champollion) as the TV series did, Dr Tyldesley gives a much broader, fuller and more balanced account of the history of Egyptology from its early beginnings up to the present day.
Carter, Belzoni and Champollion are given the recognition they deserve, but so are other giants of the subject such as Lepsius and Petrie, and the discoveries of current Egyptologists (of whom the best known is perhaps Dr Zahi Hawass) are also set in their historical context.
I found this overview of the history of archaeological activity in Egypt fascinating, useful and well-written. There are plenty of books describing the history of Egypt, but this is the first one I have come across which gives such a succinct account of the subject itself. It deserves to become a classic of Egyptological writing.


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