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Imagining Egypt Hardcover – March 30, 2007

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From the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx to the dynasties of the pharaohs and the myths of Isis and Osiris, ancient Egypt has proved to be endlessly fascinating. Egypt has been credited with teaching other ancient cultures about writing, language, religion and politics. Artist Millmore brings ancient Egypt to life with colorful computer re-creations of ancient monuments as they might have looked in the past, along with photos, diagrams, maps and sidebars. He provides charts that decode hieroglyphics, overviews of Egyptian daily life, stories of such great pharaohs as Amenhotep III (1390–1352 B.C.) and Hatshepsut (1473–1458 B.C.), and descriptive summaries of the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. Millmore re-creates daily life; food, games (including possible rules for the board game Senet) and sports; and the Egyptian view of death. Glossaries and time lines contribute to the usefulness of the book. Although much of this information can be found in other books about Egypt, Millmore's thorough primer is chockablock with gorgeous illustrations, and the book offers as good a starting point as any for an introduction to life in ancient Egypt. 15,000 first printing. (Apr.)
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About the Author

Mark Millmore is a fine artist, theatre designer, writer, Web designer, art director, and conservationist. His company, Eyelid Productions, has designed software products and computer graphics for major film production companies and other clients. He has produced two software products, Discovering Ancient Egypt CD-ROM and The Ancient Egyptian Print Studio.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (March 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579125476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579125479
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,252,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In "Imagining Egypt: A Living Portrait Of The Time Of The Pharaohs", artist and author Mark Millmore provides the reader with a beautifully illustrated historical survey and account of the society, customs, rituals, beliefs, architecture, government, monuments, and daily life of ancient Egypt. Of special interest is Millmore's pairing of color photographs of sites and structures as they appear today along side beautifully executed computer recreations of how those same sites and structures appeared in their own time and place. Readers will learn how hieroglyphs how decoded, how the pyramids were built, and the religious beliefs and theologies that made Egypt so distinctive among the nations and empires of antiquity. Superbly organized and presented, "Imagining Egypt" is ideal for the non-specialist general reader and would make a popular addition to school and community library World History and Ancient History collections.
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This is really a children's book and not suitable for anyone who is looking for genuine reconstructions of Ancient Egyptian buildings. The pictures are pretty enough, but the information is, unfortunately, minimal. For those interested in serious archaeological treatment, look elsewhere.

JLR
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This is a great book whether you're a new or confirmed Egyptophile. The artwork is fabulous, especially the recreations of ancient sites. The information is clear without being condescending; a good read for anyone interested.
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My students LOVE this book! I checked it out at the library and fell in love with it because it is written in such a way that middle school students will be entertained but is not too simple for adults to also enjoy. I love the facts and additional information the author goes into. For example, he tells personal bit about as many of the Pharaohs as possible, including a little bit about a child ruler who was so excited that one of his assistants was going to bring him a tiny person. Totally not PC of that little pharaoh, but you can see the delight in his words. I told the story to my students prior to bringing the book into the classroom and when I brought it in they couldn't wait to get their hands on it to read about this little ruler. Great addition to my classroom!
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This is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I've ever seen...if I didn't treasure it so much I'd remove all of the photos to have them framed but of course would NEVER do so. I also appreciated the text and information on the temples etc. A wonderful book to give as a gift to someone who has an interest in ancient Egypt!
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