Egypt

Tales from Ancient Egypt

Tales from Ancient Egypt Joyce Tyldesley, Rutherford Press, £8.50 In the beginning nothing existed but the terrible, swirling waters of chaos. There was no land and there was no sky. No gods, no people, no light, no warmth, no time and no death. Only the dangerous, endless waters. But deep within that dark sea there […]

Mo’alla, Egypt

Re-excavation of the tombof Ankhtyfy, an Egyptian warlord in the First Intermediate Period, 2100 BC

Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt

Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt: Life in Death for Rich and Poor Wolfram Grajetzki, Gerald Duckworth & Co., £14.99 Wolfram Grajetzki’s comprehensive little book aims to document the burial customs of Ancient Egypt across five millennia. He opens with a look at the graves of the early Egyptian farmers who lived and died some seven […]

Amelia Peabody’s Egypt

Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: a Compendium Ed. Elizabeth Peters, Constable & Robinson, £19.99 This is a book that is both charming and dangerous. Elizabeth Peters might be described as an American version of Agatha Christie, and her equivalent of Hercule Poirot is Amelia Peabody, a Victorian feminist/archaeologist/ detective, the chronicles of whose doings are extremely popular […]

Seventy Great Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

The Seventy Great Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Ed. Bill Manley, Thames and Hudson, £24.95 Were the pyramids built by slaves? Did the pharaohs marry their sisters? Are there more royal tombs yet to be discovered in Egypt? These are just three of the 70 mysteries broached by 17 eminent Egyptologists and archaeologists in this all-colour […]

Zahi Hawass

Pyramids: Excavation and Preservation

One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pyramids have fascinated and baffled visitors for centuries, the difficulty of their construction seemingly at odds with their great age. Now the former Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, shares his memories of working with these magnificent monuments when he was the Director General of the Giza Pyramids, Saqqara, Heliopolis, and the Bahariya Oasis for 15 eventful years between 1987 and 2002.

Genesis of the Pharaohs

Origins of Ancient Egypt How did ancient Egypt reach the point of take-off? In Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New discoveries that Re-write the Origins of Ancient Egypt (Thames and Hudson, £18.95), Toby Wilkinson of Christ’s College, Cambridge, looks to discoveries in the eastern desert. Since the early 20th century, a number of examples of […]

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Amarna, Egypt

Barry Kemp has recently produced an amazing model of Amarna, the best preserved town in Egypt

Complete Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

How many Egyptian gods and goddesses were there? In The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, Richard Wilkinson, Professor at the University of Arizona, lists nearly 500 of them, categorised by type. The majority of them are anthropomorphic, divided between male and female. Then come the mammalian deities, followed by the avian (birds), until […]

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