- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Barnes & Noble; 1st edition (September 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760749434
- ISBN-13: 978-0760749432
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated Reference to the Myths, Religions, Pyramids and Temples of the Land of the Pharaohs 1st Edition
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The accompanying text, that is geared to beginners, is much better than one would expect from a typical coffee-table book of this sort. The first half of the book describes in short articles many of the familiar sites (pyramids and temples) and some of the less-familiar ones (Kharga, Abu Mena). It would make a good guidebook, except that the hardback is much too large and heavy for this purpose, and there are no site maps included.
The second half of the book introduces the ancient religion of Egypt, again in short articles at a level that is good for beginners. While sound and reliable, I thought that it was a bit repetitious and not quite as entertaining as the first half of the book. Be that as it may, it is likely that many readers who are "just starting out" or curious about Egypt will like to have this book.
I find their chronologies and timelines with alternate names to be particularly useful. For instance, wihtout a listing of alternate names in a chronology, someone looking for a Pharaoh named Nebkheperure might not know to also search under King Tut.
BTW, this might also be a good time to mention that a very large collection of King Tut artifacts will be going on tour in the US this year. It's almost a once-in-a-lifetime event and nobody knows when it will happen next. The last time Tut went on tour was back in the late 70s.
No civilization, ancient, medieval or modern has continued to exist as coherent and sustained its civil identity as that of the ancient Egyptians. The human fascination with the world of ancient Egypt, in our modern times as did in the ancient world, is an attestation to the humankind's first moral and enduring culture, for three millennia, whose mysteries have the magical power of a vivid mythology that has always embraced eternity.
I share what Naguib Mahfouz, the Nobel laureate, recently stated that; "Aside from art and monotheism, we must not overlook the ethical framework of whose birth ancient Egypt was the first witness. ... Egyptian civilization was beyond any doubt a great culture that encompassed the entire ancient world. We may have come to know it once more through the mediation of Western explorers and scientists,... It is the heritage of all humanity."
An Illustrated Guide:
This articulately prepared, beautifully presented volume is a fascinating guide to the religious milieu that make up the allure of ancient Egypt, extended into the present day monotheistic traditions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam that were and still are embraced by the land whose civilization may has survived due mainly to its vision of social justice and traditional moral conscience. Readers will enjoy an overall view of this captivating culture through breathtaking, full-color photos, illustrations, detailed maps, and comprehensive chronologies, within a captivating account of a double page articles integrated into four main sections covering Burial places, Religious centers, State Religion, and Religious life and death, in popular and mythological religion and rites of Ancient Egypt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully photographically illustrated, this book contains a wealth of information for students of Egyptology and tourists.Published 8 months ago by George
Great pictures of the artifacts! The book was in great shape! Thanks!Published 17 months ago by Dana N. Wallace