Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs Hardcover – 12 Nov 2013
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Mr. Brier is proficient at elucidating Egyptology, and his passion is so sincere and good-humored that his book is rather charming. "The Wall Street Journal"
Egyptomania does a good job of tracing the chronology with which Egypt fever caught on. "The New York Times"
A lively account combining history and popular culture with guidelines for possible future collectors. "Kirkus Reviews"
Obelisk-envy, international politics, psychology and the mania generated by the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb all appear, broken into readable chunks by amusing subheadings and illustrations. [Egyptomania] is enjoyable and informative - everything one could want from a history book. "Press Association Review, UK"
This is a delightful romp through key formative events that shaped our popular passion for all things ancient Egyptian. Bob Brier's always entertaining style keeps the pace moving, yet manages to inform and educate with historical context as well. Not many scholars today can write with equal comfort about Napoleon's invasion and King Tut's Party Mix, the harrowing tale of towing an obelisk to London and Cleopatra had a Jazz Band'. "Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Harvard University"
Ancient Egypt has captivated people from Caesar to Cher and this entertaining and highly readable account by television's " Mr. Mummy," Bob Brier is an informative and engaging overview of the subject. From its engaging forward by none other than Egypt's premier archaeologist, Zahi Hawass to its discussion of the "King Tut" exhibition, Egyptomania chronicles every aspect of the subject including cigarette packs, Boris Karloff and the thrilling and sometimes harrowing efforts to move the great obelisks. "Dr. Peter Lacovara, Senior Curator, Carlos Museum, Emory University""
A rollicking journey through the history of our infatuation with pharaohs, mummies, and pyramids, from the preeminent Egyptologist known as Mr.MummySee all Product Description
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After an amusing introduction from Zahi Hawass (recounting some of his more bizarre experiences of meeting Egyptomaniacs!), Brier begins with his own collection, and asks why Ancient Egypt is so fascinating to so many people: “the hieroglyphs seem undecipherable, the pyramids appear unbuildable, the art is unsurpassable, it’s thousands of years old and it’s still there”. Of course mummies play a large part in the attraction, which is why children will rush straight to the Egyptian section of a museum, rather than go to admire a Greek vase.
We are then taken back to the “Birth of Egyptomania”, with the writings of Herodotus and the Roman passion for Egyptian style and culture following Cleopatra’s ‘conquest’ of Caesar and Hadrian’s grand tour of the Nile. Further chapters explore the influence of Napoleon’s expedition, the dispersion of obelisks and the digging of the Suez Canal, as well as the mania for mummy-related songs (see page 10), mummy movies and ‘Tutankhamen Superstar’.
A selection of Egypt collectables are presented in black and white photographs, including cigarette tins, homeware, mummy bracelet charms and song sheets, together with a detailed bibliography. Brier ends with a look at the Egyptomania of the future; with major discoveries (such as the tombs of Cleopatra, Alexander and the pyramid- building Imhotep) still to be made there will undoubtedly be large queues for exhibitions and lavish spending on Egyptianising souvenirs for generations to come.
Review by ancientegyptmagazine dot com
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This book is a fantastic overview of our obsession with Egypt. It is a great read, very informative and the pictures are amazing.Published 1 month ago by Sarah
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