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The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Ancient Egypt Paperback – December 1, 2001


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  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1st edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0028642775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028642772
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald P. Ryan, Ph.D., is an archaeologist and faculty fellow at Pacific Lutheran University. He is best known for his research in Egypt, most notably in the Valley of the Kings, where he has excavated several intriguing tombs. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Lost Civilizations and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Biblical Mysteries, as well as many scientific and popular articles on archaeological subjects. He has also been featured in several television documentaries.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L.S. on December 13, 2001
Format: Paperback
I love to read about ancient Egypt but I lacked a lot of bits and pieces in terms of my knowledge of the history and culture of the Land of the Pharaohs. This book really helped me to fill in the blanks! I very much enjoyed the author's comfortable writing style which is always informative and often humorous. I've read Dr. Ryan's other two excellent volumes in the "Idiot's Guide" series and this book is a worthy addition. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like a concise overview of one of the most fascinating of all ancient civilizations!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Egypt Fan on January 17, 2002
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This book fills a need which hasn't been addressed in any other work on Egypt I've seen; Ryan provides an exhaustive, authoritative discussion of ancient Egyptian history, culture,religion, art and daily life that is concise, fast reading, and frequently quite amusing. In addition, there is information on archeological techniques, travel to Egypt, and a splendid listing of additional resources for further study. The book is fun to read, enlightening no matter how much you think you know about Egypt, and a useful reference source.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Exercisemaniac on September 29, 2008
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This book is so well laid out that one can follow the history chronologically or use as a reference when reading anything else about Egypt. I used it while watching the DVD series of 48 lectures by Dr. Bob Brier with the Teaching Company ([...]) I read a few chapters then watched the lectures and found they totally agreed on information. I will keep this book in my personal library. I highly recommend it. It is also FUN to read!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mariangela Buch on January 19, 2002
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I was a little disappointed in Dr. Ryan's book. I have both of his Idiot's Guides books on Lost Civilizations and Biblical Mysteries which are stupendous. I found that Ancient Egypt didn't quite pack the same punch as the other two and doesn't have anything new to offer to the study of Egypt. It's easy to read and interesting, but not quite as enthralling as his first two books.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Duncan on December 14, 2001
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Yahoo! Dr. Don Ryan has come out with another great book about ancient times! His Lost Civilizations "Idiot's Guide" got me interested in a whole lot of things, especially Egypt, so I'm pleased to see that's he's put out a fun-to-read book specifically on that subject. Where were books like this when I was in college?
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By Gary Weiner on July 24, 2013
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I thought this was a picture book...had a few too many words for my taste. If you don't want to read, this isn't the book for you.
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