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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (29 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470065443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470065440
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Includes information on key archaeological discoveries

Unravel over 3,000 years of fascinating history

This lively guide walks you through the world of the ancient Egyptians and reveals intriguing insights into their history and culture along the way. Inside you′ll find stories of kings and their harems, epic buildings, incredible art, fascinating funerary rites, and mysterious mummies – all helping you to make a connection with this ancient civilisation and the colourful individuals who created it. It′s a journey you won′t forget!

  • Egyptian funerary rites and mummification
  • How to decipher hieroglyphs

  • The history behind the monuments and the personalities who built them

  • Important religious and cultural beliefs

  • Key Egyptologists and archaeological discoveries

About the Author

Charlotte Booth, MA, is an Egyptologist, lecturer, and founder of the Essex Egyptology Group.


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A very interesting book packed with lots of information about Ancient Egypt. I love dipping into this. Would be interesting to people who are just wanting to find out more about Egypt or anyone who wanted to have facts to hand all in one book.
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I do not doubt that this may be a superb book, well researched and written, but there is a lamentable lack of photos and/or pictures to illustrate the descriptions.
The inside cover of the book and at various places within the book refer to the cheat sheets for charts etc.
The web site given only gives a timeline with no charts.
Research shows that the cheat sheets should be on pages 365-366,whereas the last page in my book is number 354.
A good book but lacks the finishing touches to make it really good
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I bought this for my father who is interested in the Egyptians. I was disappointed with the contents mainly because there is not enough in depth info. Too much in a bullet point style. Also no colour pictures which means it is rather dull as a gift.
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Very useful reference book as all 'Dummy' editions are. I'm studying Egyptology and this book is proving invaluable. There is NO TIMELINE in the book however which is very disappointing because it would have been useful.
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Very good book for an overall introduction to the history, culture and society of Ancient Egypt.

As someone who loves history the book is highly informative and a pleasure to read, maybe not from cover to cover but is a good book to just pick up and start at any point.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about history and/or anyone studying this fascinating period of Human History!
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Apart from not explaining where the culture and civilization of ancient Egypt came from in Africa; that is, what pre-existing people it resembled, this book fails to get much beyond the White Western historical perspective of its author.

Ancient Egypt is presented as an African miracle; almost spontaneously sprouting as the world’s alleged first civilization. Western Egyptologists have a problem placing ancient Egypt firmly within the context of what came before despite the existence of similar civilizations further south that predated it. One can only suspect the racism of White Egyptologists unwilling to admit any Black undertaking to be worthwhile.

Worse than this, the book is written to interest modern Western readers in the practices of an ancient culture by comparing and contrasting them with us. This leads us to assume that anything the ancient Egyptians did that we find strange today is objectively strange; while anything they did that we find acceptable is objectively rational. These cultural assumptions are never mentioned in the book’s Foolish Assumptions section; representing a cultural chauvinism that tells us more about ourselves than it does about them, despite this book not being called Modern Westerners for Dummies. (Indeed, no such book exists precisely because no author can be found to interrogate their own prejudices sufficiently to justify its existence.)

Black Egyptologists tend to understand a Black culture better than White ones since some aspects of ancient and modern are identical and can be better explained to a modern audience from that cultural perspective. The White author here is quite incapable of removing herself from her own observations about people she simultaneously claims have strange practices and yet are just like us!
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After a visit to Egypt I wanted a book which wouldn't be too heavy going but would give me more info about the history. This is easy to read and light-hearted while giving a lot of info about the ancient people and their lives. Some of the info is in random order and if I hadn't been there and spent time with a guide some of the terminology would have been confusing as it's not all explained at the beginning. But that is a minor point, don't let it put you off as it's a great book.
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Just the job not too highbrow but detailed enough to be informative we got it after a trip down the nile and it reminds us of the trip and explains a lot of the detail.
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