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2.0 out of 5 stars Some intriguing content but ultimately an awful lot of old tosh!, 16 Aug. 2007
This review is from: The Secret History of Ancient Egypt (Mass Market Paperback)
I have a couple of problems with this book. I think the author jumps to a number of startling conclusions based on at best flimsy evidence and at worst simple supposition. While I am firmly of the belief that the ancient Engyptians were more technically accomplished than we give them credit for, I find that some of Brennan's claims are bordering on ludicrous. He makes the claim that a set of hieroglyphs that apparently depicts, amongst other things, a helicopter is a sign that ancient Egyptians had sophisticated powered devices at their disposal. He stops short of the claim that Egyptians actually *had* helicopters, but as I see it, you can draw only two conclusions from a helicopter-shaped hieroglyph: either it's an intriguing coincidence that must mean something else, or it actually depicts a helicopter. Sadly, earlier in the book, Brennan reminds us that hieroglyphic is "an actual phonetic script and not simple picture signs" which kind of pours cold water on any claims that these hieroglyphs depict the physical objects they are supposed to represent. The book also jumps between the civilisation of ancient Egypt and overly lengthy histories of people such as Nikola Tesla. OK, I can see the connection with points that Brennan is making, but he spends too much time elaborating on the works of such people and too little explaining exactly what evidence would suggest the Egyptians could have constructed similar technology. In all, a fairly interesting read but I'd advise taking most of Brennan's claims with a pinch or two of salt.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2013 15:31:49 BDT
Julia Thorne says:
If it helps, the 'helicopter' is not a helicopter. What happened was that there was an inscription carved into the stone. Another king came along, plastered over the top and reinscribed. Some of the plaster has since crumbled away, so what you're actually seeing is a combination of two different, but quite common, ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Then we come along and look at it with our modern eyes and see completely the wrong thing.

Look up the Catchpenny Mysteries website; it explains it all (and much, much more) there.

Personally, I'd take any author who doesn't bother to find this out with more than just a pinch or two of salt ... a tonne might be more in the right direction ;-)
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