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Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids Paperback – May 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0801483134 ISBN-10: 0801483131

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Drawing on letters, artifacts, and hieroglyphic inscriptions, Andreu provides a vivid slice of everyday life in ancient Egypt. After a brief historical summary of the dynastic era (2700^-1750 B.C.E.), the author concentrates on re-creating the daily lives and tasks of a host of Egyptians from a variety of backgrounds and social classes. Laborers, farmers, scholars, and artisans are all represented in an informative and evocative sociological survey. In addition, religious, political, and cultural activities and traditions are also outlined. An engaging introduction to the manner in which ordinary routines and sacred customs were practiced during one of ancient Egypt's golden ages. Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Drawing on letters, artifacts, and hieroglyphic inscriptions, Andreu provides a vivid slice of everyday life in ancient Egypt. After a brief historical summary of the dynastic era (2700–1750 B.C.E.), the author concentrates on re-creating the daily lives and tasks of a host of Egyptians from a variety of backgrounds and social classes. Laborers, farmers, scholars, and artisans are all represented in an informative and evocative sociological survey. In addition, religious, political, and cultural activities and traditions are also outlined. An engaging introduction to the manner in which ordinary routines and sacred customs were practiced during one of ancient Egypt's golden ages."—Booklist

"After a brief historical introduction, Andreu surveys, in ten brief, crisply written chapters, the royal court, pyramids, and other public work, the life of the scribe, economic and family life, the countryside, and religious practice. . . Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids is a clear and useful introduction to a fascinating period of Egyptian history."—Choice

"Perfect for any study of Egypt."—The Bookwatch

"This book is a most welcome and valuable one for the individual wishing to learn about ancient Egypt, especially since it also reflects the recent expansion of scholarly interest in matters other than government, wars, and royalty. Andreu deserves commendation for writing a lively and interesting (and accurate) book."—Susan Tower Hollis, Empire State College. Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Vol. 59, No. 4, October 2000

"A super book."—R.M. Seaton, The Manhattan Mercury

"I am very pleased that this enjoyable, up-to-date, and learned account of life in ancient Egypt is now accessible to American readers in David Lorton's excellent English translation."—Lawrence M. Berman, Research Curator of Egyptian Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801483131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801483134
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,516,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By marzipan on July 24, 2000
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This book is for the person just beginning to read about Ancient Egypt, as well as the more advanced reader. It's scholarly, well-organized, and up-to-date, but this narrative of the Old and Middle Kingdoms, and people who lived in those times, is also vivid and moving. Day-to-day life of those long gone becomes real, for Guillemette Andreu has given the Ancient Egyptians the immortality they yearned for. I haven't seen the book in its original French, but the translation by David Lorton must be excellent, it reads so well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on June 13, 2000
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An extremely well-written thoroughly-explained book, it provides an expressive picture of everyday life of the Ancient Egyptians and the pharaohs of the time. In the first chapter, the history of the dynastic era (2700-1750 B.C.E.) is briefly summarized. Throughout the remainder of the book, the author attempts to recreate the daily lives, labours and religious beliefs of the Ancient Egyptians, with the aid of letters, artifacts, hieroglyphic inscriptions and tomb scenes. Highly recommended for all and particularly for those whose primary interest lies in the Age of the Pyramids.
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