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Memphis Under the Ptolemies Hardcover – January 1, 1989


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  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr (January 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691035938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691035932
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,746,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An interesting book about an important city in Egypt's history up until 1315 when it ceased to be shown in the records. This book got down to 10 foot level into the lives of ordinary Memphis residents and up to the emperors, Gods and even key Bulls. I cannot say this is a must read as a scientific or bland view of the life of a Royal Bull does not make for interesting reading. Because the climate allows for the safekeeping of the written word, thousands of files have been found, graffiti saved and inscriptions kept. This book went over the importance to Memphis in the old days of the Pharaohs, when the Greeks and Macedonians took over from the Persians, and finished with the Romans and the Arabs. Memphis appeared to well run and then when the Romans took over exploded with financial success before imploding with the bureaucratization of the Temple, the removal of the troops and then after the Edict of Milan, the change of official religions. I am glad I read it, but I would not buy it new at 80.00.00. Unlike the other reviewer, the binding on my book was fine, the photos fine and the notes are in-depth. Just more academic and dry than I was expecting. I did learn more about the older religions, the temples and more, so it filled a hole in my Egyptian studies.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diotima on August 12, 2012
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This hardcover book has glued binding of the worst sort - i.e. it breaks apart. I might just as well have ordered the paperback and saved $25.00.

The book was sent without the dust jacket. According to page iv of the book there should be a dust jacket showing "The bovid effigy from the South House at Saqqara" (as illustrated on the web page). Yes, this is a supplier problem and I have notified Amazon. But my comments are intended as a warning to other buyers.
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