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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd (August 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750932910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750932912
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,579,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bridget McDermott has a degree in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool and a doctorate from the University of Manchester, researching the Egyptian military. She is the author of Decoding Hieroglyphs, which won the Longman-History Today New Generation Historical Book of the Year Prize in 2002. She lives in Glastonbury, England.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By No More Mr. Mice Guy on October 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a very good survey of the weapons of Ancient Egypt, rather than warfare in general. The author examines the surviving weapons and contemporary images in great depth, and draws her conclusions from these. The author has a doctorate for her Egyptian military studies, and the book appears to be a development of her thesis.

The book has only three chapters and three appendices:
P001: Ancient Warfare
P039: Middle Kingdom Warfare
P085: New Kingdom Warfare
P181: Appendices
P194: Bibliography
P210: Index

Each chapter covers one of the main periods of Egyptian history, and the size is dictated by the amount of evidence available. The sections of Chapter Two, for example, are A History of Middle Kingdom Warfare; Siege Warfare; A History of Fortification; The Soldiers of King Mentuhopte II; Soldiers and Armour; Soldiers and Archery; Soldiers and Hatchets; Soldiers and Spears; Soldiers and Mace; Soldiers and Throwsticks. The book is profusely illustrated with photographs of the said evidence, wall-paintings or the artefacts themselves.

The book is eminently readable, and the author makes a number of interesting observations, comparing the behaviour of current African tribal people to that of the Ancient Egyptians to give insight. One thing that definitely came through for me was the brutality of life and warfare in the period, something not always brought out in other books on Egyptian warfare - the massacres and sacrifices of prisoners, for example.

For a wider view of Ancient Egyptian warfare, not just a weapons-based study, I would recommend the following, but as well as, not instead of this book.
Soldier of the Pharaoh: Middle Kingdom Egypt (Warrior)
Egyptian (Armies of the Past)
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