The Ancient Egyptians For Dummies Paperback – 29 Jun 2007
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
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!Read more ›
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Read it just before my archaeology AS, got 100% so I can't complain.Published 22 months ago by whatarosielane
Very useful before going on a holiday to Egypt.Had it on my kindle on a Nile cruise - generally very useful.Published on 19 Mar. 2013 by Jan Watts