A History of Ancient Egypt

A History of Ancient Egypt

From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

Book - 2012
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"This extraordinary book draws on a lifetime of research and thought to recreate the previously untold story of how a civilization which began with handfuls of semi-itinerant fishermen settled, spread and created a rich, vivid, strange civilization that had its first culmination in the pharaoh Khufu building the Great Pyramid, perhaps the most astounding of all human-made landmarks. The book immerses the reader in the fascinating world of archaeological evidence, the process over the past two centuries by which this long vanished world has gradually re-emerged and the rapidly changing interpretations which these breathtaking but entirely enigmatic remains have been subjected to. Whether he is writing about the smallest necklace bead or the most elaborate royal tomb, John Romer conveys to the reader a remarkable sense of how to understand a people so like ourselves and yet in so many ways eerily different."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, 2012
Description: xxvii, 475 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781846143779
1846143772
Branch Call Number: 932.01 Rom

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May 22, 2018

A very readable and accessible book. There are numerous drawings of artifacts and many maps (the most interesting map, to me, was on page 236, showing where various minerals were available). The author is excellent at sticking to the archeology and making inferences from it and contrasting his take on the early history roughly 6000 BC to 2500 BC from the accounts of previous historians. About half the book is taken up explaining pre-pharonic history by telling the reader what archeologists have discovered in the last 110 years. I was most surprised just how peaceful Egyptian (well, Naqadian) society was prior to Narmer. He is also unembarrassed about ignorance about a whole host of topics.

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jsgilliland54
Jun 28, 2017

A very readable book that I enjoyed quite a bit. This book is devoted almost entirely to the pre-history of ancient Egypt, ending with the building of Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza.

I am looking forward to reading the recently released 2nd volume of this series.

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