A History of Ancient Egypt

From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

Author: John Romer

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 1846143780

Category: History

Page: 500

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The extraordinary history of Ancient Egyptian civilization - from its earliest origins to the creation of its greatest monument - from specialist John Romer This exceptional 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. The book immerses the reader in the fascinating world of archaeological evidence, the process 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. Reviews: 'Scholarly, passionate and exquisitely written ... a stunning, clear-sighted history of Ancient Egypt' James McConnachie, Sunday Times 'It is not easy to enliven prehistory while simultaneously respecting limited archaeological evidence and avoiding novelistic pitfalls. But Romer manages it ... After a long wait, we have an up-to-date, stimulating account of the birth of what may turn out to be the world's oldest civilization' Andrew Robinson, Nature 'His physical descriptions are superb ... a book to be read and thought about' John Ray, Financial Times 'Romer carries the reader along effortlessly on a lengthy, complex yet immensely satisfying journey' Joyce Tyldesley, BBC History About the author: John Romer has been working in Egypt since 1966 on archaeological digs in many key sites, including the Valley of the Kings and Karnak. He led the Brooklyn Museum expedition to excavate the tomb of Ramesses XI. He wrote and presented a number of television series, including The Seven Wonders of the World, Romer's Egypt, Ancient Lives and Testament. His major books include The Great Pyramid: Ancient Egypt Revisited and Valley of the Kings. He lives in Italy.
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An Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

Author: Kathryn A. Bard

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470673362

Category: Social Science

Page: 480

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This student-friendly introduction to the archaeology of ancient Egypt guides readers from the Paleolithic to the Greco-Roman periods, and has now been updated to include recent discoveries and new illustrations. • Superbly illustrated with photographs, maps, and site plans, with additional illustrations in this new edition • Organized into 11 chapters, covering: the history of Egyptology and Egyptian archaeology; prehistoric and pharaonic chronology and the ancient Egyptian language; geography, resources, and environment; and seven chapters organized chronologically and devoted to specific archaeological sites and evidence • Includes sections on salient topics such as the constructing the Great Pyramid at Giza and the process of mummification
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Smart Green Civilizations

Ancient Egypt

Author: Benita Sen

Publisher: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

ISBN: 817993330X

Category: History

Page: 28

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The Great Pyramid of Giza, built approximately in 2580 BC, stands testimony to the greatness of the ancient Egyptian civilization. The people of ancient Egypt were not only skilful builders but were also deeply interested in science, mathematics, medicine, and technology! Discover the green lessons that they have left behind in this book, where Teri, our guide to the past, travels to ancient Egypt.
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Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers and Commoners

Author: Toby Wilkinson

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500771634

Category: History

Page: 336

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100 biographies reveal the true character and diversity of the ancient world's greatest civilization The biographies included here give voice not only to ancient Egypt's rulers but also to the people who built the great monuments, staffed government offices, farmed, served in the temples, and fought to defend the country's borders. Spanning thousands of years of ancient Egyptian history, the book offers a fresh perspective on an always fascinating civilization through the lives of: The god-kings, from great rulers like Khufu and Ramesses II to less famous monarchs such as Amenemhat I and Osorkon Egypt's queens: the powerful Tiye, the beautiful Nefertiti, Tutankhamun's tragic child-bride Ankhesenamun, and the infamous Cleopatra The officials who served the pharaoh: the architect Imhotep who designed the first pyramid, the court dwarf Perniankhu, and the royal sculptor Bak Ordinary women who are often overlooked in official accounts: Hemira, a humble priestess from a provincial Delta town, and Naunakht, whose will reveals the trials and tribulations of family life Commoners and foreigners such as the irascible farmer Hekanakht, the serial criminal Paneb, and Urhiya, the mercenary who rose to the rank of general in the Egyptian army. Lives of the Ancient Egyptians offers remarkable insights into the history and culture of the Nile Valley and very personal glimpses of a vanished world. Note: The ebook edition includes the complete text of the printed book without illustrations
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The Pyramid Builder's Handbook

Author: Derek Hitchins

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1445751658

Category: History

Page: 230

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The designs of the pyramids of ancient Egypt evolved over time; they had connections with the ancient myths, legends, and with the stars as they were in ancient times. When pyramid dimensions are converted to 'cubits' and 'seked,' revealing relationships emerge that were obscured by using using modern units. All of the energy of building came from manpower, courtesy of the energy consumed in the workers' food and drink. The mathematics of ramp construction, and of the use of ramps to convey stones at the phenomenal rates apparently achieved, challenge pet theories of construction. Most captivating is a study of the culture of the builders, evidenced in models of villages and farms, scenes of food preparation, toys, statues, magic, and tomb art.
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The Cambridge World Prehistory

Author: Colin Renfrew,Paul Bahn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107647754

Category: Social Science

Page: 1892

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The Cambridge World Prehistory provides a systematic and authoritative examination of the prehistory of every region around the world from the early days of human origins in Africa two million years ago to the beginnings of written history, which in some areas started only two centuries ago. Written by a team of leading international scholars, the volumes include both traditional topics and cutting-edge approaches, such as archaeolinguistics and molecular genetics, and examine the essential questions of human development around the world. The volumes are organised geographically, exploring the evolution of hominins and their expansion from Africa, as well as the formation of states and development in each region of different technologies such as seafaring, metallurgy and food production. The Cambridge World Prehistory reveals a rich and complex history of the world. It will be an invaluable resource for any student or scholar of archaeology and related disciplines looking to research a particular topic, tradition, region or period within prehistory.
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Lives of the Ancient Egyptians

Author: Toby A. H. Wilkinson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780500051481

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Traces the history of Egypt as reflected in the lives of one hundred key figures, encompassing important rulers, government officials, and defenders, in an illustrated chronicle that offers additional insight into the history and culture of the Nile Valley.
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Life in Ancient Egypt

Author: Paul Challen

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780778720386

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

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Examines ancient Egypt and how its politics, daily activities, art, religion, economy, and social structures worked together to form Egyptian culture.
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The Secret of the Great Pyramid

How One Man's Obsession Led to the Solution of Ancient Egypt's Greatest Mystery

Author: Bob Brier,Jean-Pierre Houdin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061981788

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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A decade ago, French architect Jean-Pierre Houdin became obsessed by the centuriesold question: How was the Great Pyramid built? How, in a nation of farmers only recently emerged from the Stone Age, could such a massive, complex, and enduring structure have been envisioned and constructed? Laboring at his computer ten hours a day for five years—creating exquisitely detailed 3-D models of the Pyramid's interior—Houdin finally had his answer. It was a startling revelation that cast a fresh light on the minds that conceived one of the wonders of the ancient world. Written by world-renowned Egyptologist Bob Brier in collaboration with Houdin, The Secret of the Great Pyramid moves deftly between the ancient and the modern, chronicling two equally fascinating interrelated histories. It is a remarkable account of the step-by-step planning and assembling of the magnificent edifice—the brainchild of an innovative genius, the Egyptian architect Hemienu, who imagined, organized, and oversaw a monumental construction project that took more than two decades to complete and that employed the services of hundreds of architects, mathematicians, boatbuilders, stonemasons, and metallurgists. Here also is the riveting story of Jean-Pierre Houdin's single-minded search for solutions to the mysteries that have bedeviled Egyptologists for centuries, such as the purpose of the enigmatic Grand Gallery and the Pyramid's crack.
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Decoding Egyptian Hieroglyphs

How to Read the Secret Language of the Pharaohs

Author: Bridget McDermott

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811832250

Category: Art

Page: 171

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Provides an introduction to Egyptian hieroglypic writing, looking at common signs and words, basic grammar, sample translations, and a sign index.
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