A History of Ancient Egypt

A History of Ancient Egypt

From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250030115
1250030110
9781250030108
Branch Call Number: 932 Ro
Description: xxvii, 475 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 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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