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Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (Facts on File Library of World History) Hardcover – February 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0816082162 ISBN-10: 0816082162 Edition: 3rd

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up-This authoritative revision on a perennially popular subject is an ambitious, and on all counts successful examination of the culture of ancient Egypt. More than 2000 alphabetically arranged, accessible entries varying in length from a paragraph to several pages accurately discuss topics such as daily life, dynasties and rulers, religion, gods and goddesses, mortuary rituals, dress, language, geography, foods, art, and architecture, etc. The scope of the earlier edition (Facts On File, 1991) has been broadened with coverage of the periods before the unification of Egypt (circa 3000 B.C.E.) and those following the fall of the New Kingdom (in 1070 B.C.E.). There is also material on the discoveries of the sunken cities of Canopus, Heraklion, and Menouthis, and the results of the DNA studies of mummies. In addition, significant documentation of changes on the political, religious, and social landscape of ancient Egypt is provided. Many of the articles are appended with useful see and see-also references and "Suggested Readings." This volume also boasts detailed and precise lists of the names and dates of the kings and queens, deities, and temple sites, and a brief, but user-friendly chronology of Egypt and neighboring cultures. Eighty black-and-white photos with informative captions and readable maps amplify and expand the narrative. Libraries will want to purchase this resource for students, ancient civilization enthusiasts, and general readers.
Hillary Jan Donitz-Goldstein, New York Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first, 1991 edition of this work had more than 1,500 entries and covered the predynastic period from around 3200 B.C.E. to the fall of the New Kingdom in 1070 B.C.E. The revised edition has more than 2,200 alphabetically arranged entries and extends coverage to the suicide of Cleopatra and the beginning of Roman occupation in 30 B.C.E. After a brief introduction there is a chronology of major events in Egypt and the Near East and Mediterranean in parallel columns. After the body of the work are a glossary of Egyptian words, a list of suggested readings, and a detailed index. The addition of the latter remedies a deficiency noted in our review of the first edition.

Articles range from a paragraph to several double-column pages. Many of the longer ones, and a few of the shorter ones, have suggestions for further reading. Cross-references and see also references are used liberally. There is a table of deities in the entry Gods and goddesses, and of queens in Queens, but a list of kings appears not under Pharaoh but in Dynasties, with no cross-reference. Most of the rulers of Egypt have separate entries, but a table of rulers under Pharaoh would have been useful for placing them in time.

The text is accompanied by some 14 black-and-white maps and diagrams of Egypt and major temple complexes. The 80 black-and-white photographs and line drawings should photocopy well. The suggested readings include materials published in 2001, and at least some of the readings should be available in most medium-sized to large pubic libraries.

This title is recommended for high-school and public libraries and for smaller academic libraries needing a quick and current Egyptology reference. Less scholarly than The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (2001), it is a good single-volume introduction to the topic. RBB
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Facts on File Library of World History
  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Inc.; 3 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816082162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816082162
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather Staats on March 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
this book is worth 10 stars. there is so much info. this book has everything in it, including all the pharaoh's from ramesses the great to den. this book talks about the the queen's of egypt from Nefertiti to a'at. the every day things, different cities, religious in egypt, including gods, their spiritual ideals,are all in this book. If you have ever wondered about the armarna, period how many wives ramesses the great had, what egyptian men and women dress was, how dwarf's were looked upon, or what egyptians used for pillows this is the book for you. it's the best book i'v bought and i'm sure that you will love it as much as me.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TammyJo Eckhart VINE VOICE on October 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There is no bibliography or footnotes or any citations at all in this book and that is always a bad sign. Sure the pictures are cool to look at, there are ok timelines and tables, and just having an alphabetical source of Egyptian terms is wonderful. But this should not be somone's primary source for Egyptian information especially if you are doing anything academically like writing a school paper or giving a talk on Egypt. I'll tell you this for certain, it is not worth [the money]...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Murphy on June 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am not the biggest fan of ancient Egypt, preferring their Assyrian and Hittite neighbors, but this book is very useful for anyone with an interest in the pre-Classical world. It appears to be well-researched (even if not up to academic level, as the other reviewers made plain) and is very thorough in its coverage of the life and times of the Egyptians. Included are short bios of all the pharaohs and many of the queens of Egypt, as well as a number of princesses, officials, and religious figures.

This title would be of particular usefulness to someone studying Egyptian religion; its coverage of the gods, religious practices, festivals, and locations of Egypt is pretty deep.

Included also are lots of black-and-white illustrations, most based on Egyptian artwork.

Overall, the Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt is a singular excellent source for someone with a particular interest in the times and its major personalities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on March 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
So much information packed into this Hardcover book, I got this couple years back at Universal Studios Orlando, Or Busch Gardens Tampa Fla? I don't remember, but it was in A Egyptian themed section of the park? Now that I think about it, it's probably Busch Gardens. Wonderful jam Packed book. Literally A ENCYCLOPEDIA of Ancient Egypt. All the Gods/Pharaohs are here. Ramses, the Young King Tut, Cleopatra. so much, things about Egyptian Culture in those times, that I never knew.This book is what got me interested in Ancient Egypt in the first place.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Having done much research of Ancient Egypt from credible resourses, I found the Encyclopedia to be lacking. Many of the "articles" had little usable information or even incorrect information. Some of the information in this Encyclopedia was the same as that found in the 1880's Manual Of Ancient History that I own. This information, I must add, has been disproved by many new discoveries. I was very disappointed by this book. In my opinion, it wasn't worth the ... I spent on it. There are many other more credible books available that are more worth the money.
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