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Ancient Egypt on 5 Deben a Day (Traveling on 5) Paperback – November 1, 2010
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The book encourages the reader to consider ancient Egyptian culture through the eyes of an Egyptian traveler ca. 1250BC during the New Kingdom reign of Ramesses II. This is a pleasing twist on more traditional and frequently drier tourist/academic literature. The scope is wide-ranging but doesn't skimp on detail. Ryan provides general information for the visitor - what to wear, when to go, money, food, drink and social norms as well as a giving a broader perspective of the ancient land - its history, geography, religion, art and building practices. The traveler is guided from the north (Memphis, Saqqara, Giza etc), through Middle Egypt (Dahshur, the Fayyum, Amarna) and on towards the south (Thebes, Aswan and into Nubia - the north of modern Sudan).
Thames and Hudson have a history of publishing finely presented works and this book is no exception. The text is complemented by well-chosen illustrations consisting of line drawings, paintings and photographs; many of the drawings come from classic early publications including Lepsius, Champollion, and the epic Description de l'Égypte. There are a couple of sections of full-color plates. Interesting facts are highlighted throughout in separate text boxes along with a selection of excerpts from ancient Egyptian spells, poems and letters. The books wraps up with maps/plans and a useful (and amusing) glossary/phrase list: "Nefer Kemet er-see er tay-ee khaset kheset."
If you have a passion for Egypt or are a traveler looking for literary transportation to pastures new - buy this book!
Edmund S. Meltzer PhD
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This was easy to read, interesting, and helpful. I like the author's writing style and sense of humor. I will definitely buy the other Traveling on 5 books if they are this good.Published 21 months ago by Eddie Black
This is a smart, witty book that explains life in ancient Egypt (during the reign of Ramses II) as though it is a travel book. It is loaded with a lot of information. Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by IowaGary66