A History of Ancient Egypt

A History of Ancient Egypt

From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
The first volume of a history of the earliest days of ancient Egypt challenges popular archaeological understandings to chronicle the ancient world's first agricultural practices through the construction of the pyramids.

McMillan Palgrave
The ancient world comes to life in the first volume in a two book series on the history of Egypt, spanning the first farmers to the construction of the pyramids. Famed archaeologist John Romer draws on a lifetime of research to tell one history's greatest stories; how, over more than a thousand years, a society of farmers created a rich, vivid world where one of the most astounding of all human-made landmarks, the Great Pyramid, was built. Immersing the reader in the Egypt of the past, Romer examines and challenges the long-held theories about what archaeological finds mean and what stories they tell about how the Egyptians lived. More than just an account of one of the most fascinating periods of history, this engrossing book asks readers to take a step back and question what they've learned about Egypt in the past. Fans of Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra and history buffs will be captivated by this re-telling of Egyptian history, written by one of the top Egyptologists in the world.

Baker
& Taylor

A first volume of a history of the earliest days of ancient Egypt by the writer of The Seven Wonders of the World television series challenges popular archaeological understandings to chronicle the ancient world's first agricultural practices through the construction of the pyramids. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250030115
1250030110
Branch Call Number: 932 R664h
Characteristics: xxvii, 475 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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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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