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Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt (Facts on File Library of World History) Hardcover – June 1, 2003


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  • Series: Facts on File Library of World History
  • Hardcover: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File; Revised edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816050341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816050345
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,185,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA-From the predynastic times to the Old and New Kingdoms to the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, this concise overview is written in thematic chapters that result in a complete picture of the civilization. Topics include history, geography, society and government, religion, funerary beliefs and customs, architecture and building, hieroglyphs, the army and navy, foreign trade and transport, economy and industry, and everyday life. The book ends with a chronology and a list of museums with Egyptian collections. Not quite as easy to read or as simply organized as a general encyclopedia, the title does provide useful material not found in standard resources for reports and projects.
Linda A. Vretos, West Springfield High School, Springfield, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David (professor of Egyptology, University of Manchester, England), surveys Egypt from predynastic times through the arrival of Islam, concentrating on the period before the establishment of the Ptolemies as the ruling dynasty. The chapters are thematic, covering Egyptology and archaeology, history, geography, society and government, religion, funerary customs and beliefs, architecture and building, written evidence, the military, foreign trade and transport, economy and industry, and everyday life.

David has added material based on the many discoveries since the 1998 edition. In the chapter "Egyptology, Archaeology, and Scientific Mummy Studies in Egypt," which is new, she discusses the application of modern scientific techniques, including medical diagnosis, to mummies. All the techniques are described briefly but clearly. There is a section on the Schistosoiasis Research Project, which may be the most far-reaching chronological study of a disease ever undertaken. Mummies are being tested for evidence of the disease, which is still a danger to modern Egyptians. Among other changes are a brief section on pets added to the chapter on everyday life and a rewritten section on temples to reflect new thinking about the different temple types. The section on Tomb KV5 has been rewritten and moved to the new chapter on archaeology. However, much of the text remains the same as in the earlier edition.

The format of the book has not changed. Besides an extensive bibliography, with more up-to-date citations, each chapter has suggested readings, some of which may be available in larger public libraries. The text is liberally illustrated with photographs, line drawings, and excellent maps.

Less scholarly than The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (2000), the new edition of Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt is recommended for high-school and public libraries; lower-division undergraduates and adults looking for quick information should find it useful as well. RBB
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tamara L. Siuda on April 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
A wonderful book to replace the very outdated and patently racist "Life in Ancient Egypt" by Erman, David's coffee-table book about the worldview and culture of the ancient Egyptians is quite nice. Be aware of a tendency to read certain portions of Egyptian life as "coming from an outside source" (an oblique reference to the outdated "Dynastic Race Theory" that, sadly, still seems to be held to by some British archaeologists). Otherwise factual, useful, and filled with an excellent bibliography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gilgamesh on January 14, 2011
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The Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt by Rosalie David is one of a series under the Facts on File imprint. As a writer of historical novels I found this book, as well as others in the series, authoritative, highly readable and full of relevant information. Books such as this are very convenient to have at hand when writing on screen as there is no need to lose sight of the text, as would happen when consulting internet sources that may or may not be as well founded in their knowledge as Rosalie David.
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To begin with, this book is well written and is very accessible for a variety of people who like to either begin their journey into the Egyptian existence. The chapterts are both cohesive in reading but also stand alone if you would like to read on a particular facet of Egyptian culture. It is, of course, not a book for in depth exploration of these topics but if gives a marvelous overview of the topics and there is a provided list of recommended reading for these topics if warranted. As above, I definitely recommend this book for beginning and intermediate enthusiasts wanting a more intimate approach to the Egyptian people and the lives they lived.
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