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Enlightening and superbly written,
This review is from: A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid (Hardcover)
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From the earliest farmers through to the building of the great pyramid John Romer writes with enthusiasm and gives understandable explanations. He describes how the hunter-gatherers became settled farming communities using animal husbandry and their knowledge of the River Nile combined with the seasons to produce sufficient food to feed the population. Well described are the first burial sites of the early kings and the legacy they left for Egypt's future generations.
John Romer discusses some of the extraordinary ideas created by the Victorians and corrects many of their conclusions.
Moving to the pharaohs and the construction of the pyramids Romer tells of the step pyramids and the 'bent' pyramid (this is a very interesting topic because of how its unique shape came into being) and finally detailing the the Great Pyramid of Khufu. There are excellent descriptions of tomb paintings and of the artefacts found within the chambers of the various graves and pyramids. These things are brought to life for the reader so that one can imagine both ordinary people and royal persons wearing or using the objects.
The author does not overlook those people who served and those whose ingenuity designed the pyramids or the many workmen engaged in building them and their associated monuments.
The book is well illustrated with maps, diagrams and colour plates.
A great insight into the lives and developing cultures of the early people in Egypt.