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    The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt
    by Richard H. Wilkinson
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (June, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good pictures, Good information, and Good layout
    Yes, this is definitely far better than the other book in this series, namely, the complete valley of the kings.

    this book is quite extensive and tries to include a picture on each of the temples discussed, i.e. if the temple or its ruins are still there.It is also not full of black and white pictures - i understand the artistic value of these type of pictures but egypt is full of colour!

    all the sites are accompanied by well written descriptions and a brief history.Again, i am always careful about what egyptology writes about ancient egypt since i still believe there is a lot of conjecture which tends to be presented as fact. for example: the symbolic nature of the temples seems to be covered well by the book but one should probably read such infor as logical hypothesis rather than reasonable fact -it is rare that authors say the infor comes from an ancient papyrus!

    all in all, it is indeed a complete guide to the temples of ancient egypt and worth collecting!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Religious Architecture in Egypt
    Wilkinson really does his best to bring the complicated subject of religious architecture into a comprehensive view that can suit both academic and general interest needs.It provides many illustrations that are great for classroom explanations.In addition, Wilkinson takes the reader through time in the developments of architecture for 3,000 years.It is a definate read for anyone trying to grasp the principles of Egyptian faith in the ancient world.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Story of Temples
    No other volume manages so comprehensive a detailing of the temples of ancient Egypt--their history, lore and design. There are color and black and white photos, maps and floor plans, but most importantly, the text documents the historical development and significance of each site it references.

    The concise narrative covers the entire system of temple monuments, suchas the Temples at Karnak, Luxor, Dendera, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Giza and Abu Simbel. But, this is no tourist guide to temple sites. The casual reader may find the detailed discussion of such subjects as building materials and construction methodologies a bit dry.This is a must-have for the student of Egyptology and the religion and art of the ancient world. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0500051003
    Sales Rank: 169718
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Antiquities    3. Archaeology    4. Archaeology / Anthropology    5. Egypt    6. Religion    7. Social Science    8. Sociology    9. Temples   


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    The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt (Oxford Illustrated Histories)
    by Ian Shaw
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 November, 2000)
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    One of the most vexing problems in Egyptology is the question of establishing reliable chronologies, whether through relative methods such as stratigraphy and the dating of artifacts or through more absolute time horizons established by astronomical ephemera or radiometric dating. In this overview of ancient Egypt--meant for advanced students, but accessible to general readers with an interest in the area--Ian Shaw and 13 contributors pay close attention to issues of chronology, reconciling conflicts of dating that mark older scholarship.

    While doing so, they address other problems in the study of ancient Egypt, such as the lack of material evidence of early humans in the region and the increasing destruction of sites in the face of contemporary urban growth. Elsewhere, they remark on the principal developments that distinguish periods in Egyptian prehistory, such as the Old Kingdom's use of large-scale building projects to consolidate power and "remind people of the greatness of pharaonic civilization," and the Middle and New kingdoms' apparent openness to foreigners, which lent Egypt a cosmopolitan, multicultural air that persisted for centuries during long periods of domination by outside powers such as Persia and Rome. Highly useful as a reference and survey, this handsomely illustrated book is a fine addition to any Egyptophile's collection. --Gregory McNamee ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A very thorough account
    Starting, as I did, with the most superficial knowledge of Ancient Egypt, this book was an incredibly useful review.As mentioned earlier, the style may be a bit dry for the casual reader.There are two areas in which I would have liked to see more details:

    Throughout the book, there are only passing mentions of what is going on elsewhere in the world at the same time.I usually find these "synchronizations" very useful in a history book.

    The final two chapters (about the Ptolemaic period and the Roman period) are not nearly as well written or as thorough as the rest.It is as if they were written as an addendum.Hopefully, a later edition might address these issues.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, Scholarly but hard work
    The work in this book is presented in a thorough and detailed manner, covering the whole fascinating history of ancient Egyptian civilization. My one complaint is that the style is very dry, making it tough going for a non-specialist (even one used to academic treatise in another field). That said, if you are willing to stick with it, or wish to have a reliable reference work on the subject, this would be an asset on your bookshelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent update on Ancient Egypt
    This is a first rate book on the General History of Ancient Egypt from Pre-Historic times until the end of the Roman Empire. The 13 various contributors--Betsy Bryan, Gae Callendar, Janine Bourriau, Jaromir Malik and Ian Shaw among others--give an excellent overview of Egypt's long and distinguished History. The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a good update on Alan Gardiner's 1963 Egypt of the Pharaohs and Nicolas Grimal's more recent 1988 book, A History of Ancient Egypt. While one might diagree with a contributors take on certain topics such as Ms. Callenders complete rejection of the institution of any coregencies in the Middle Kingdom which are accepted by most scholars(they are certainly documented between Senusert I/Amenemhet II, Amenemhet II/Senusert II and Amenemhet III & IV based on the Inscription at Konosso in Nubia for the latter; rather, it is the coregency of Amenemhet I/Senusert I which is currently contested), they are more than made up for by these scholars careful and balanced coverage and interpretation of all the latest archaeological evidence. These contributors certainly know their areas of expertise well.

    Especially impressive were the various contributors inclusion and analysis of much of the latest studies on Egypt's various Periods of History such as Kim Ryholt's 1997 book on the Second Intermediate Period and Luc Gabolde's important 1987 SAK paper on the length of the reigns of Tuthmose I and II, based on their attested scarabs. One of the most invaluable parts of the book is its exhaustive catalogue of all the best books, publications and journal articles on Egypt's various historical eras.

    My only regret was that John Taylor's coverage of the end of Third Intermediate Period is rather short and fails to examine the Libyan Period in any great detail after Sheshonq I's reign. He briefly mentions this period's history of severe political fragmentation with 3 kings alone ruling simultaneously in the Delta Region(Tefnakht of Sais, Osorkon IV at Tanis and Iuput II of Leontopolis) which is documented in Piye's Year 20 Victory stela--and does not mention the recent(1993) discovery of a completely new Tanite king namely Sheshonq IV, who reigned between Sheshonq III and Pami. Finally, no reference was made to the discovery of an Annal document for Pami in Heliopolis which shows that this king's Highest Year date was his 7th Year. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0198150342
    Subjects:  1. Africa - General    2. Ancient - Egypt    3. Ancient Egypt - History    4. Egypt    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History: World    8. Middle East - Egypt    9. To 640 A.D    10. African history: BCE to c 500 CE    11. Ancient Egypt    12. Ancient World    13. BCE to c 500 CE    14. Prehistory   


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    Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt: The One and the Many
    by Erik Hornung, John Baines
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 November, 1996)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars poor interpretation
    Another poor interpretation.Akenaton did not start mono-theism nor were Egyptians poly-theistic, what Akenaton did was stop the corruption of the many attributes of god(Ptah the all) and pass the law for their to be a central deity to focus on(Aton), rather than the 1,000 plus, as ppl were being duped by crooked priest.Akenaton worshiped Aton and so change his name to Akenaton to represent this. Creation was represented by deities, as Egyptians had a deity for everything that existed, as all these things were the construct of Ptah.Since you could not know the all by making up fantasy, then, you could only know the all through its manifested work, which is why Egyptians practiced animism.Akenaton simply did what was bound to take place to keep down all of the favoritism and corruption for one attribute over the others in relation to politics, as this was clearly a exploit in his day.

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of the many books on the subject
    I bought this book after reading Freud's "Moses and Monotheism", where it is attached to the pharaoh Akkenaton the origin of a monotheist cult and religion to the god Athon( or Athun), later to be dismissed and abandomned by his son Tutankamom who pulled back to polytheism. The importance of the debate is big, nothing less than the influence this type of cult had on the formation of the Jewish religion (Jews were held captives in Egypt at Akenaton's time) and later on Christianism and Catholicism.

    "The Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt - The One and the Many" was written in German in the 1970's and translated into English in the 80's. Dates are of the utmost importance here due to the archeological material available to the researcher, which has in his hands much more pertinent information than a writer 50 years ago. Both writer and translator are eminent figures of modern Egyptology who has in German and in France many of its most important researchers. The task they face is gigantic, nothing less than trying to interpret the meaning of abstract religious concepts, the concept of God being the foremost.

    Religion is one of the most important aspects of a Culture, if not the most important aspect, and has to be interpreted by its own sticks and standards and not by the stick and measures of any other Culture, and this is the essential point which shows the true hardship of managing this subject and then avoiding the acceptance of standars of Western theology. Thus, many questions appear which ask for the most excruciating analisys from the part of the author : what was the meaning of God for the Ancient Egyptian? Is the word God equivalent to the (consonantal) word for god in the language of old Egypt, ntr? Was Egypt first polytheist and later monotheist or the other way around? What is the rule syncretism played in the religion? Was there a people's religion parallel to a cultured religiosity? How the representation of God evolved in time from fetishism (the representation of gods trough not animated things, an staff for instance) to representation of gods trough animals (hawks, ibises, crocodiles etc) and, in the later stages, trough human forms or anthropomorphism and even in a triad of mixed forms (staff, hawk and human)?

    "The Conceptions of God in Ancient Egypt" is a challenging book but it is not an introductory book targeted for the lay reader, who must be familiar with a difficult vocabulary; wadi, ostraca, papyri, nome, ennead are some of the words in English that crop up in the text and are not conveniently explained by Erik Honnung neither easily found in a good English lexicon. Also a good old Egyptian glossary is missing, thus making the understanding of the texts a real nightmare to the common reader. Finally, also is lacking a good map of ancient North Africa to better locate the cities and geographical accidents cited in the book. As a good add-on, there is a good cronological map of the dynasties of Egypt and a much interesting glossary of the names of the many gods quoted in the book with some paralel with their Greek counterparts.

    To sum it up, the book is a pretty good one but could not be taken as an easy read for any one not familiar with things of old Egypt.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for the Study of Egyptian Religion
    This book is at the top of many lists for those wishing to study ancinet Egyptian religion in-depth. Upon reading it, I can see why! This book explores what exactly the ancient Egyptians thought god(s) were, how the gods reacted to humans, and how humans reacted to the gods. Given the unique and often confusing nature of the concept "ntr" or god, this book is very useful indeed.

    It is extermely detailed, (though admittedly dry,) and leaves the reader with a good idea of what the Egyptian Gods were like and how they developed throughout the millenia. The beginning also nicely addresses the erroneous notion that the Egyptians were really monotheists from the start, and that only the ignorant common people held polythistic beliefs; a Victorian bias that taints the studies of many ancient cultures. Horning clearly has a great deal of respect for the ancient Egyptian religion, and as a Kemetic pagan, I really appreciate that this book exists in English. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0801483840
    Sales Rank: 221174
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Ancient Egyptian Religion    3. Archaeology / Anthropology    4. Religion   


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    Religion in Ancient Egypt: Gods, Myths, and Personal Practice
    by Byron E. Shafer, John R. Baines, David Silverman, Leonard H. Lesko
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 July, 1991)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A good resource; some parts better than others
    Prof. Shafer of Fordham University put this book together in order to fill the need for an English-language survey of ancient Egyptian religion. The result is a relatively short introduction to the subject from three points of view, each addressed by a different author. John Baines writes about the gods, Leonard Lesko about myths, and David Sliverman about religious practice. The idea and organization of the book is commendable; however, I felt that stronger editing could have made the three portions of the book more cohesive and compatible in quality.

    There was too much overlap between Baines' and Lesko's sections, and Lesko's chapter seemed to be aimed at a more specialized audience than were the other chapters. I felt that Baines dwelled too much on political history and took the focus off the topic at hand. His article would have benefitted from further subdivision; as it was, the overly long sections lacked clear direction. Baines handles concepts of divinity quite well, but I think he could have provided a better overview of the Egyptian pantheon. On the whole I would give his article a tentative 4 stars.

    Lesko's rather short chapter also placed too much focus on political history, and this was doubly frustrating since he didn't say anything different from Baines. His discussion of myths seemed to lack organization and was befuddling for the newcomer to the field. The chapter mostly consists of lengthy and inadequately explained or connected quotations from Egyptian texts. These texts are interesting sounding but cryptic, and Lesko does not provide enough of an overview for one to understand either what they are saying or why he is quoting them. His article has two chief sections: one on cosmogonies, which is very long and opaque, and a much shorter and somewhat clearer section on cosmology. Overall, this article deserves a tentative 3 stars from a newcomer; someone with more specialized knowledge might find it more useful, but I am not sure.

    Silverman's chapter was by far the most accessible and informative. Frequent divisions in the text underscored its points while providing strong organization and direction. Silverman's explanations started from basic concepts and worked up to address difficulties in modern methods of study in his field. His chapter came across as an interesting and informative social history of Egypt with particular emphasis on the origins of its structure and morality, both of which derive from religion. This article was engaging and clear, and earns an enthusiastic 5 stars from me.

    On the whole, then, some parts of this book were more readable and useful than others. However, it seems to be the most scholarly and trustworthy introduction to the topic. I would not recommend it as pleasure reading, but if you need to know something about the subject it is a good resource.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clarifies Much
    This book is extremely useful for understanding the complex, multifaceted world of the ancient Egyptian Gods. One cannot simply list gods and myths and have them make sense; this book provides three Egyptologists' views on how the Egyptians saw the gods and the universe, how that view evolved in 3000 years, and how they were worshipped throughout that time. There are numerous illustrations, photos, and footnotes. The authors discuss theories about the Armarna period and the divine status of the Pharoah that cannot be found in other books on Ancient Egypt. This is a great book to read if you want to understand the religion as a whole and get the essence of what it was like.

    2-0 out of 5 stars disappointment
    It is only a historical book.There is no useful information for pagans. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0801497868
    Sales Rank: 276206
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Congresses    3. Cosmogony, Egyptian    4. Egypt    5. Religion    6. Religion - World Religions   


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    Magic in Ancient Egypt
    by Geraldine Pinch
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1995)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Nicely Done
    Lovely pictures, well-written prose, but organizationally not very exciting.It's written for the non-practitioner (which I am), but lacks the imagination of other books on the same subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Magic in Ancient Egypt
    I found this book very informative and interesting.As a practioner of Egyptian Magic and an Anthropology/Archology student,I found it easy to read,and it covers all aspects of Egyptian Magic. Ms.Pinch uses different texts to back up what she writes about.If you are looking for written ritual it's not in the book,but the information is there for you to write your own if you wish.I highly recomend this book to any one interested in Egyptian Magic.Ms.Pinch shows Egypt as it was a civilization which showed no distinction between everyday life and magic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book
    This is an excellenct reference book on the magical practices and belief of the ancient Egyptians. It has lots of pictures to protray what it's talking about. Ancient Egyptian magic was quite distinct from most of the magical traditions we know of, and this book does a great job in explaining it in a satisfactory manner. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0292765592
    Sales Rank: 321194
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Antiquities    3. Egypt    4. Folklore & Mythology    5. History: World    6. Magic, Ancient    7. Magic, Egyptian    8. Magick Studies    9. New Age / Parapsychology    10. Occult Sciences   


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    Ancient Egyptian Magic
    by Bob Brier
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful history of Egyptian's beleif on magic
    This book is a wonderful resourch book on what the Ancient Egyptian practiced as magic.This is a scholarly book, rather than a magickal one.It is clear that the author knows his stuff, and is well written. It gives insight to what the Egyptians beleived, and in most cases, why the beleived in that manner.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Easy & pleasant
    I found this book very easy to read and understand the Egyptian life for anyone who has no particular background in ancient Egyptian history and magic.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent history, but not enough spells
    There's a lot of history about Ancient Egypt, but very few spells. The best part is probably the Egyptian calender that's included in this book.Apart from that, it's well researched but without any really "mystical" aspect, and that is disappointing. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0688007961
    Sales Rank: 284344
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Anthropology - General    3. History    4. History - General History    5. History: World    6. Magick Studies    7. Middle East - Egypt    8. Social Science / General   


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    Silent Images : Women in Pharaonic Egypt
    by Zahi Hawass
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pharahonic women....
    I have read this book and I think it is one of the greatest piece of literature...it explain everything you need to know about women in those time...it's completedvery well illustrated and the price compensate the product..it's worth it...it's great!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pharahonic women....
    I have read this book and I think it is one of the greatest piece of literature...it explain everything you need to know about women in those time...it's completedvery well illustrated and the price compensate the product..it's worth it...it's great! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0810944782
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    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Ancient Egypt Archaeology    3. Antiquities    4. Archaeology    5. Archaeology / Anthropology    6. Art    7. Civilization    8. Egypt    9. History    10. History - General    11. To 332 B.C    12. To 500    13. Women    14. Women And Art    15. Women's Studies - History    16. Art / General   


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    Sacred Luxuries: Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt
    by Lise Manniche, Werner Forman
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A delightful Ancient Egyptian aromatherapy primer
    This exceeded my expectations.Incredibly beautiful photographs thanks to Werner Forman. Ancient recipes from the Pharoahs and goddesses temples, myths, legends and Egyptian herbalism.Lise Manniche digs deep to find the original use for many essential oils that are in use today.She sticks with reputable research rather than presenting erroneous information yet the tone is lively and engaging.This book serves as an inspiration and will undoubtably make the reader want to know more about this fascinating era.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very informative and interesting
    The author did a wonderful job of covering the use of essential oil(perfumes) and botanicals in ancient Egypt (and at times other areas) froma archaeological standpoint.Many of the well known ancient perfumerecipes are included and it is interesting to see how Pliny and otherssuggested medicinal use.I will say however people wishing Aromatherapycontent, as the title denotes, will be very disappointed as there really isnone.Lack of training in herbology, Aromatherapy or even botany alsoserves to limit the authors grasp and ability to expound.Altogether Ifeel the book is a great reference work and well researched.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A perfumer's delight!
    Anything by Manniche about ancient Egyptian herbs, plants or perfumes is a treat! If you have an interest in the perfumes used in the ancient world - what was used, where they came from, the hows and whys - you must get thisbook. Includes reconstructed recipes for the most famous perfumesin theancient world - a real eye-opener.Accompanied by gorgeous illustrations.Well worth the price. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0801437202
    Sales Rank: 352203
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Ancient Egypt - History    3. Aromatherapy    4. Beauty & Grooming - Cosmetics    5. Cosmetics    6. Egypt    7. History    8. History - Ancient & Classical    9. History - General History    10. Middle East - Egypt    11. Perfumes    12. Sociology   


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    The Cat in Ancient Egypt
    by Jaromir Malek
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unsual subject treated very well
    From the wild cats domesticated in Egypt around 2,000 BC to the worship of the cat goddess Baster, this readable but authoritive book has many color as well as black and white illustrations.

    Published by the British Museum Press in London for the museum there, it is an absorbing read that would interest any cat lover who wanted to get a little beyond the "pretty pictures of cute cats & kittens with scant text" as depicted in so many books. I recommend it to add to your feline library, or just to your library!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Cat Lovers and Eyptophiles
    This is a wonderful look into the evolution of the relationship between the Ancient Egyptians and the cat. Starting from the Wildcats of the swamps to the "domestic" cat and to the gods who took the cat as theirtheogeny, Malek probes the relationship between animal, the AncientEgyptians, and their Gods.

    A great book overall with well-documented andresearched material.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For those who truly love, and want to understand, cats!
    Cats are life, everything else is details!This book allows you to understand your cat(i.e. life companion)This book is for the cat lover or the person who wants to "try" to understand the housecat today(ifthat is possible). ... Read more

    Isbn: 0812216326
    Sales Rank: 106243
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Ancient Art    3. Art    4. Cats    5. Cats - General    6. Civilization    7. Egypt    8. History - General    9. History - General History    10. History: World    11. Religious aspects    12. Special Subjects In Art    13. To 332 B.C   


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    Mummy in Ancient Egypt: Equipping the Dead for Eternity
    by Salima Ikram, Aidan Dodson
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 June, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful
    Those who are interested in Ancient Egyptian mummification practices will find this book fascinating. Each aspect of the funerary practices is described in great depth, following its development through different periods of Egyptian history. It is a very detailed account, with lots of illustrations. Absolutely great analysis of the royal mummies; fascinating photos - which, I admit, might gross some people out, but that what makes them so great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well written and very interesting
    This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in Ancient Egypt. Lots of pictures.The book should be of interest both to the general public with a vague curiosity about mummies and to egyptologists who want to learn moreabout the latest research in this area.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Descriptive and informative for experts and amateurs.
    This is a very interesting book with excellent illustrations and very informative.It is a hard book to put down.It is highly recommended even for someone who has a slight interest in the subject of mummification. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0500050880
    Sales Rank: 342021
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Ancient Egypt Archaeology    3. Archaeology    4. Archaeology / Anthropology    5. Civilization    6. Customs & Traditions    7. Egypt    8. Funeral rites and ceremonies    9. Mummies    10. Social Science    11. Sociology    12. African history: BCE to c 500 CE    13. Middle & Near Eastern archaeology   


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    Archaeologies of Social Life: Age, Sex, Class Et Cetera in Ancient Egypt (Social Archaeology)
    by Lynn Meskell
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 August, 1999)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars contains a lot of information
    Everyday life in Ancient Egypt is as important to study as the great events. This book explains what part age, class, sex and ethnicity played in the lives of individuals. The author presents innovative theories aboutthe complex society of Ancient Egypt. It brings the feeling that thisfascinating civilization still has very many interesting stories to tell.An excellent book for serious students and scholars. ... Read more

    Isbn: 063121299X
    Sales Rank: 691849
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Anthropology - Cultural    3. Antiquities    4. Archaeology    5. Archaeology / Anthropology    6. Egypt    7. Social Science    8. Social life and customs    9. Sociology    10. To 332 B.C   


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    Magic and Mystery in Ancient Egypt
    by Christian Jacq, Janet M. Davis
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars a good book and artistic history
    It is so beautiful and artistic the history of ancient egyptian magic and history,... I enjoy reading it, I found it very informative on the history of ancient egyptian mistery and magic.It is a general information but abundant and the way it is explain is very easy to understand... Although it is not a book about a specific magick or occult related so for those whose searching for the layed description about egyptian magick ingridients and so on this is not it,... but it gives a beautiful history and illustration of ancient egyptian. For those who is searching for information of such, get this book you'll enjoy it,... After reading this book I understand more the way why the god and goddeses are so vital in ancient egyptian,... I also like the way Christian put it all,..I especially enjoyed the epilogue,.....

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very accessible and informative treatise.
    Dr. Christian Jacq is a noted Egyptologist who draws upon his researches emanating from a meeting with a family of snake charmers to explore the world of ancient Egyptians, a people permeated with magic controlling everyaspect of their life -- an influence which has survived down to the presentday. In Magic And Mystery In Ancient Egypt, Jacq draws on both folklore andhieroglyphic texts to reveal the potency and all-pervading influence ofthis ancient lore. Entertainingly written, Jacq takes the reader on ajourney into the ultimate mysteries as he describes a world in which everliving thing, every rock and stream, and every action of mankind wasgoverned by ritual. This truly "reader friendly" work shares withmodern readers a very ancient legacy for metaphysical studies and studentsof Egyptology an very accessible and informative treatise. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0285634623
    Sales Rank: 435694
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. History - General History    3. Magick Studies    4. New Age   


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    Symbol & Magic in Egyptian Art
    by Richard H. Wilkinson, Richard H. Wilk
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Egyptian magic from every point of view
    Dr. Richard Wilkinson has produced a very important work in this book about one of the most mistreated areas of ancient Egyptian culture, as it is that of Magic. This book handles the matter with such a finesse and humanly touch that the reader is guided along this difficult terrain with the clear and concise guide of the author's account and the help of a plentiful number of beautiful illustrations. There are chapters dealing with the symbolism of colors, materials, actions, gestures, numbers, hieroglyphs, forms, size and location. A must-have-it for anybody interested in deepening his/her knowledge of the mysterious and fascinant world of ancient Egyptian Magic. Highly recommended, both for professionals and newcomers!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book.
    This is one of the best books on Ancinet Egyptian magic and symbolism that I have ever read.It is written in simple, clear language thatis fully documented.I find myself refering to this book often. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0500280703
    Sales Rank: 158005
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Archaeology    3. Art    4. Art & Art Instruction    5. General    6. History - Symbolism   


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    The Priests of Ancient Egypt: New Edition
    by Jean-Pierre Corteggiani, Serge Sauneron, David Lorton
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is both a hoot and a living history
    This is not dry reading. The author (or the translator or both) have a droll sense of what people are really like and his descriptions of 'evil-doers' in the priesthood are a riot. In so expressing himself with these observations of human foibles, he manages to make history come alive and his subject suddenly 'more human' thereby.

    A reccomended read for any student of ancient Egypt, Phd or not. This book deserves a place on every egyptophiles bookshelf.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent introduction to the lives of Egyptian priests
    Religion, an essential key to understanding the pharaonic civilisation,tells of the importance of learning about the Ancient Egyptian priests. Inthis book the author informs the readers about the priestly profession, thenecessity of temples, the religious texts priests had to know, the beliefin magic, the gods and the clergy. Aimed at the general public, this 1957classic originally written in French is finally made available in English,thanks to David Lorton's excellent translation. Widely illustrated in blackand white, this book should be recommended reading for everyone.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Remarkably informative for specialists and laymen alike
    I had been studying ancient Egypt for over 20 years before I read Sauneron's book, and I was amazed at how little I knew about the day-to-day lives of the priests who stood near the very center of Egyptian society. The book is well-written, nicely illustrated, and easily read, mixingtechnical titles for the various types of priests with personal vignettesdescribing their lives and how their roles as priests affected and wereaffected thereby.I truly hope that this goes back into print, but willsome future publisher PUH-LEEZE include an index and some maps?! It wasdifficult for me, a specialist, to track down specific bits of data, so itmust surely be very hard on those who don't have a whole library of bookslike this at their disposal.On the plus side, however, thumbing throughthe book to find a particular passage can lead one down some veryinteresting by-ways which might otherwise be overlooked byover-particularism. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0801486548
    Sales Rank: 422586
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Egypt    3. History    4. History - General History    5. History: World    6. Priests   


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    The Complete Pyramids: Solving the Ancient Mysteries
    by Mark Lehner
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (24 November, 1997)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good nuts and bolts but missed the mark for me.
    Lehner does what he does so well.Except for changing his tune a little from his last work, the actual building process was overdone, I think.Whether he made some miscalculations here and there is not so important to the genre.There is some evidence that the ancients knew how to forge copper into a much harder tool than we would expect today.There is better modern evidence of the overall engineering available to the reader elsewhere.

    What I wanted to see was more behind the title.I wanted to see why the design was chosen and so painstakingly duplicated not only in Egypt, but also in China and South America.Also, other than elaborate busy-work, why were they commissioned in the first place?And who were the designers?

    Ah, for that answer I refer you to The Ark of Millions of Years, by Clark & Agnew.The common origin of the design and the civilization it took to muster the resources are beautifully documented in great literary style.The recognition by the ancients of the significance and true use of the design is supported from so many sources it is impossible to misunderstand.

    Without taking sides or preaching some philosophy, The Ark of Millions of Years may be the best book ever written on the subject of earth science and creation.I liked it so well I bought two more copies for my friends.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This text sets a new standard for archaeological literature.
    Like its author, this book is completely devoted to the Pyramids of Egypt. The major premise - that the archaeological record bears witness to an evolution of pyramid design, construction and function from beginning to end of the Pyramid Age - is demonstrated brilliantly and completely. It explains without exhausting the religious significance of the conceptual Pyramid Complex, then concentrates on the `brick and mortar' aspects of its subject. An informative review of explorations at the pyramid sites throughout the ages is equally as interesting as the detailed descriptions of the pyramids themselves that follows in a section fittingly titled "The Whole Pyramid Catalogue". This catalogue, comprising fully half the volume, is a description of each individual Egyptian Pyramid Complex presented (chronologically) with such clarity of detail that it dispels all ambiguity created by several lifetimes of sensationalist and speculative journalism surrounding its subject. In its latter pages the author discusses the role of the Pyramid Complex as administrative center and landlord in later antiquity, and gracefully addresses the more controversial of topics, including the ubiquitous "how did they do it" question, along with his own speculations on some unanswered sociological questions - the size of the work force and logistics.Quite reasoned and well-informed estimates lead him to conclusions that will in their own right prove controversial.One notable unintended consequence of this volume is that many artifacts, presented elsewhere as "Art", assume their appropriate contextual venue and so now hold much more meaning for this reader. The Narmer Palate as declarative stellae in a walled courtyard at Nekhen is one example, the gilded yet austere canopied boudoir of Hetepheres is another.The text is very well written and easily read. Heavily illustrated, the photographs are appropriate, of excellent quality and are well placed; line drawings are used throughout to clarify and supplement photographs. With this volume Dr. Mark Lehner joins the ranks of Egypt's most celebrated archaeologists, and surpasses them all in understanding and presentation of the facts concerning the Pyramids.

    1-0 out of 5 stars The Incomplete Pyramids: Distorting the Ancient Mysteries
    The author who asked readers to believe people were grotesque hybrid
    beings with horse heads and human bodies when the Great Pyramid was
    built, and that native Egyptians had tails and feathered legs (Mark
    Lehner, The Egyptian Heritage: Based on the Edgar Cayce Readings,
    1974) is proposing nonsensical information about pyramid
    construction. The Complete Pyramids does not ask readers to believe
    the Great Pyramid was built by Atlanteans in 12,000 B.C., or that when
    people were cleansed in the temples their claws changed into hands and
    their tails fell away, as he did in The Egyptian Heritage. But he does
    expect readers to believe information that defies scientific
    methodology and the archaeological record. For brevity, I offer only
    four points with hope of helping to correct the record.

    First,
    consider how Mark Lehner defies scientific method. He recognizes that
    Giza is not known to exhibit the housing needed for the 100,000 or
    more builders engineers assert were needed to build the Great Pyramid
    within Khufu's reign. Lehner proposes only 25,000 men, indicating,
    however, that most were miscellaneous workers.

    To get his reduced
    number, Lehner wrongly calculates with an averaged block weight of 2.5
    tons, rather than taking into account a myriad of far larger building
    units of over 15 tons.Although more study of the block weights is
    warranted, Lehner fails to acknowledge that the heights of the blocks
    are sufficiently documented to make better calculations than he would
    have readers believe. Indeed, the heights of each course were first
    measured in the 1800s and as recently as the 1970s. The published
    reports of these studies match (except for the loss of some upper
    tiers since the 1800s) because of accurate measurements.The charts
    show that many of the heaviest blocks in the outer masonry are at the
    level of the King's Chamber. Some of these blocks occupy the height of
    two tiers. By calculating with an averaged weight of 2.5 tons, Lehner
    rids the workforce of many thousands.

    Furthermore, Lehner
    incorrectly uses a calculation for moving blocks along level ground,
    rather than one for raising blocks on a ramp! He thereby reduces the
    workforce by many thousands.

    Second, Lehner assumes that nummulitic
    limestone blocks can be leveled and otherwise shaped with copper
    tools. Thus, he ignores up-to-date Egyptology. For instance, Dieter
    Arnold's Building in Egypt (1993) recognizes that the mines could not
    furnish enough copper for cutting millions of pyramid blocks, and
    Arnold shows that copper tools are unworkable on medium-hard to hard
    limestone (the Great Pyramid's blocks are mostly medium-hard to
    hard). In short, the strongest metal of the Pyramid Age was too soft
    to cut the blocks so as to render the Great Pyramid's extraordinary
    features.

    Third, Lehner's estimate of the time required to quarry
    blocks is useless, and his discussion of how blocks could have been
    quarried is misleading. Lehner writes: "To build the Great
    Pyramid in 23 years...322 cu. m (11,371 cu. ft) of stone had to be
    quarried daily. How many quarrymen would this require? Our NOVA
    pyramid-building experiment provided a useful comparison:...8.5
    stones per day. But though they worked barefoot and without power
    tools, they had the advantage of a winch with an iron cable to pull
    the stones away from the quarry face. An additional 20-man team might
    have been needed for the task in Khufu's day." The NOVA crew,
    however, used modern steel tools! Lehner's calculation is invalid
    because he utilizes the tremendous advantage afforded by steel tools
    (it is incorrect for Lehner to call NOVA's tools 'iron,' although
    steel is mostly iron. His use of the word iron makes NOVA's tools seem
    like those of the ancient world. They are not. Furthermore, the
    Egyptians did not possess iron until 800 years after the Great
    Pyamid's construction, and iron does not have the capabilities of
    steel). NOVA's quarrymen can be seen using steel adzes and steel pry
    bars. They used heavy steel pickaxes to cut trenches to isolate
    blocks. They drove steel wedges beneath blocks and hit these wedges
    with steel sledgehammers. Compare Pyramid Age tools of copper, wood
    and stone. If Lehner presented such methodology in the 'hard'
    sciences, he would be subjected to the kind of criticism that end
    careers.

    Lehner adds that his "figure can be expanded further
    to compensate for other advantages of iron tools." With this he
    admits, in a manner too subdued to alert the average reader of his
    tactics, that his estimate does not involve Pyramid Age tools. Pyramid
    Age tools are inadequate for quarrying or shaping good-quality
    limestone blocks. No matter how many workers are employed, if the
    tools are inadequate the work cannot be completed. The very existence
    of the Great Pyramid suggests that a different method was
    used.

    Fourth, Lehner's calculation of the number of men needed to
    haul blocks from the quarry to the Great Pyramid is flawed and
    misleading. He writes, "Let us assume that the stone haulers
    could move 1 km (0.62 miles) per hour en route from the quarry to the
    pyramid...The distance from Khufu's quarry to the pyramid, at c. 6o
    slope, could probably be covered in 19 minutes by 20 men pulling a 2.5
    ton block. Certainly, this was well within the capacities of the NOVA
    team..." Again, Lehner uses averaged weights of 2.5 tons,
    ignoring the need to address hundreds of thousands of 15-ton and
    larger units. He insinuates that NOVA's experiment validates his
    calculations!A front-end loader, however, hauled all blocks from the
    quarry. Even the three or four one-ton stones raised manually for
    NOVA's on-camera demonstration were hauled and placed onto the
    mini-ramp by this machine.

    Lehner mentions the front-end loader,
    implying it only set stones in the lower courses of NOVA's
    mini-pyramid. ....









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    Isbn: 0500050848
    Sales Rank: 222946
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Ancient Egypt Archaeology    3. Antiquities    4. Archaeology    5. Archaeology / Anthropology    6. Construction - General    7. Egypt    8. History: World    9. Pyramids    10. Social Science   


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    Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt
    by Barbara Mertz
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 1990)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars colorful egyptology
    If you have ever read Barbara Mertz and Barbara Michaels or ElizabethPeters, you already know how colorful her writing is.If she can bringfiction to life the way she does, you can only imagine what she does tonon-fiction. Temples, Tombs, and hieroglyphs bring history to Egypt in theway only Ms. Mertz can!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not the latest, but maybe the greatest.
    I picked this book up in an airport when I was a teenager, andit sparked an interest in Egyptology which has lasted 30 years.Mertzis a graceful writer, deftly mixing scholarship with humor and'human interest'.Thebook is not intended for Egyptologists, (Hence 'A Popular History') andbypasses, wisely in my opinion,the wrangling between experts which makesthe field so frustrating to the lay reader. Honesty prevails, however; when she is stating a personal opinion, she says so.The result is afascinating, funny and intelligent look at the ancient culture of which weknow so much and understand so little.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of Ancient Egypt
    Firstly I must admit that I am not an expert on this subject. I learnt the basic stuff at High School and that's about it. My interest was sparked in Ancient Egypt after taking my daughter to watch 'The Mummy' andsubsequently reading Bob Brier's book 'The Murder of Tutankhamen'.

    As ithas been previously noted by other reviewer's this book is somewhat dated(orginally published in 1964) but that does not detract from the wonderfulnarrative that the author weaves around the Pharaohs and their place inhistory.

    The author does not get bogged down in technical details and younever lose interest in the story. She has a knack of writing about thesefar away times and people as if it was yesterday and draws you into herstory. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to obtain adecent overview of Ancient Egypt. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0872262235
    Sales Rank: 504168
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Ancient Egypt - History    3. Archaeology    4. Egypt    5. History    6. History - General History    7. History: World    8. To 332 B.C   


    Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt (Cultural Atlas of)
    by John Baines, Jaromir Malek
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 2000)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent maps and illustrations
    As Baines and Malek explained in their introduction, they attempted to make this atlas useful for those readers who might plan to travel to Egypt and visit the ancient sites.The authors made good on this claim by devoting over half of the atlas to a section entitled "A Journey Down the Nile", which provides a survey of ancient sites that are encountered while traveling down the Nile from Elephantine towards the Delta.Archaeological finds are briefly introduced for each location through a combination of discussion, illustrations, and frequent maps.Since this part of the atlas is organized according to geography (south to north along the Nile), sites from different historical periods are inevitably mixed together, which leads to a confusing sequence of, for example, Ptolemaic temples followed by New Kingdom tombs followed by Predynastic graves and so on.While this arrangement might be useful as a travel guide of sorts, armchair travelers (like myself) who expect a continuous development of ideas may be disappointed.Perhaps if the authors had organized their "Journey" chronologically as well as geographically, this atlas would have had more of an impact on its readership, especially when reinforced by the plethora of photos, illustrations, and maps that are present.

    Despite this misgiving, I thought that the short articles that constitute the remainder of the atlas were informative and interesting.Topics covered in these articles include Egyptian art, religion, and writing, among others.And of course, numerous photos and diagrams are provided that are a pleasure in and of themselves.

    As far as I'm concerned, the major strengths of the "Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt" are the excellent historical maps, the floor diagrams of the major sites, and the visual delight provided by the beautiful photos.Although the geographical framework is a limitation, the strengths outweigh the weaknesses, and this book will probably be able to satisfy the "Egyptomania" fix of many readers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A superb guide.
    I have loved traveling to Egypt for years and have devoured everything decent I can find to read about this country and its people. If you want to understand the Egyptians this volume is one good place to start.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An intellectual and visual delight
    This is the second edition of one of the finest summations of ancient Egyptian civilization ever written for the general reader. Not only is this an exellent introduction to many aspects of Egypt, it is a visual delight. The maps, especially, configure in the reader's mind spacial relationships and their cultural implications. Other illustrations of temple precincts and related architectural elements of Egyptian life supplement the excellent writing, written for, but never "down to" non-specialists. If I were to own only one reference work on ancient Egypt, this would be the one. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816040362
    Sales Rank: 147840
    Subjects:  1. 332 B.C-638 A.D    2. Ancient - Egypt    3. Ancient Egypt - History    4. Antiquities    5. Atlases - Historical    6. Civilization    7. Egypt    8. History    9. History - General History    10. History: World    11. Reference    12. To 332 B.C   


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    Amulets of Ancient Egypt
    by Carol Andrews
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 August, 1994)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Survey Book
    I used this book for my senior thesis in college. While the information is more or less generalized, Andrews still adequately covers the majority of Egyptian amulets in existence. It's definitely a great survey book about amulets from the pre-dynastic to the Graeco-Roman period.

    Another plus is that it includes numerous color plates of different kinds of amulets from different periods in Egyptian history.

    5-0 out of 5 stars impressive and compact introduction
    This is a very nice and lovely done view into ancient craft. The tiny but nevertheless greatly powerful amulets give us an impression about their owners. After reading the book and consider the colourful pictures you feelvery close with them.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It was ok
    I think this book didn't hold enough information. There should be more books about the same subjects, but with more info. ... Read more

    Isbn: 029270464X
    Sales Rank: 422267
    Subjects:  1. Amulets, Egyptian    2. Ancient - Egypt    3. Ancient Egyptian Religion    4. Antiquities    5. Architecture    6. Art    7. Egypt    8. General    9. History    10. Jewelry Arts And Crafts    11. Metaphysical Phenomena - General   


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    The Great Goddesses of Egypt
    by Barbara S. Lesko
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 November, 1999)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Watered-down Jan Assman
    Basically, an adequate book for beginners, but nothing original or new. Ms. Lesko takes other scholars' ideas, most notably Dr. Jan Assman and waters them down for popular consumption. This is acceptable for an amateur egyptologist like Ms. Lesko to do as long as the original work is cited. Fortunately, she uses good judgement in choosing scholarlyworks that are exceptional. Serious students of Egyptology, however, should go right to the source and forego this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Thisis THEMEAT oftheEgyptianGoddesses!
    Thisisagreatreference andin depthexploration into themany goddesses ofa land I love....Egypt. Itisnota picturebook of any sort, it'spowerisinit'sinformational material.Ifoundthisbook onmyquestfor knowledgeofHathor. Thisbook gaveme more thenenough...andopenedmy eyesto interest in otherdeities ofEgypt.Ihighlyrecommendit!

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE GODDESS RETURNS
    At last, a scholarly work that makes accessible information that proves what those of us who have been steeped in ancient Egyptian lore have known all along.Using the latest scholarly material, and her own brilliantinsights, Barbara Lesko aptly demonstrates that the ancient goddesses ofEgypt were NOT considered merely consorts of more supreme male dieties, butwere highly evolved and viewed as significant creative forces in their ownright.Dr. Lesko examines extant evidence of the ancient cults of Isis,Hathor, Neith, Mut and others to present a coherent, comprehensive andchronological picture of how various feminine deities were incorporatedinto the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians and their neighbors, spanningthe nearly 6,000 years of recorded history.For perhaps the first time,this material is presented in a format accessible to non-historians and tonon-academicians.

    In addition, Dr. Lesko shows us that, in the end, thepowerful attributes of the goddesses assimilated into one super-goddess,i.e., Isis.The cult of Isis grew to be very powerful, and became soresonant with the common people that its adherents covered much of theknown ancient world.Remanants of Isian worship have been found in suchfar-reaching locations as Pompei, Santorini, Crete, Malta, Turkey, SouthernFrance and even as far north as England and Scotland -- a testiment to theenduring popularity of the divine feminine creative force in the lives ofthese ancient peoples.In addition, Dr. Lesko postulates that the remnantsof the cult of Isis may also have merged with the Christian Marian cults,where the super-goddess was often venerated in the form of Black Madonnasand Christian cathedrals dedicated to the mother of Christ.Interestingly,Dr. Lesko also points out that the cult of Isis still has many adherentsaround the world today.

    This book is a ground-breaking scholarlycontribution to a field that has been dominated soley by the patriarchalperspective.Dr. Lesko skillfully avoids the pitfalls of much of thegoddess-focused literature by sticking to documented fact and avoidingpolitically-inspired cliches. Her book is clearly and concisely written. One does not have to be an expert Egyptologist to follow it.I highlyrecommend this book to anyone who is interested the study of ancient Egypt,ancient religions, and the veneration of the archetypal Mother goddess. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0806132027
    Sales Rank: 520781
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Egypt    3. Goddesses, Egyptian    4. History - General History    5. History: World    6. Religion    7. Women's Studies - History   


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    Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt
    by A. Rosalie David, Rosalie David
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 August, 1998)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great survey!
    This book basically follows the same format for the "Handbook to life in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome" books of Adkins and Adkins.That's a good thing, since I enjoyed those books.

    I have significant interest in Ancient Egypt but know very little about it.Most texts simply concentrate on the pyramids and other monumental architecture.This text gives you a much more balanced introduction and includes sections on history, religion, the military, geography, trade and economy, and daily life. It's organized very well.It has plenty of pictures, illustrations, chronologies, etc. There is a suggested bibliography at the end of each section to encourage research in greater depth.

    Overall this is a very affordable and user friendly survey of Ancient Egypt that will service students as well as adults with no prior background to the subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful Reference or Beginner's Guide
    HANDBOOK TO LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT is a very helpful reference and the revised edition gives the most up-to-date information. It really is more like an encyclopedia. It is not necessary to be read cover to cover as such, although the reader can do so. It is divided up into 12 chapters covering 12 different topics. Some of the information, if pertinent, overlaps in the chapters, but is put there for completeness. The chapters are: 1 - Egyptology, Archaeology and Scientific Mummy Studies in Egypt; 2 - Historical Background; 3-Geography of Ancient Egypt; 4 - Society and Government; 5 - Religion of the Living; 6-- Funerary Beliefs and Customs; 7 - Architecture and Building; 8-- Written Evidence; 9-- The Army and Navy; 10 -- Foreign Trade and Transport; 11 - Economy and Industry; and 12 -- Everyday Life. There are also a Chronological Table, a List of Museums with Egyptian Collections, a Bibliography and an Index included.
    This is a helpful reference for anyone and is especially useful to the person just beginning to learn about Ancient Egypt.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Kemet.org Book Review Posted!
    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. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0816033129
    Sales Rank: 1311742
    Subjects:  1. Ancient - Egypt    2. Ancient - General    3. Ancient Egypt - History    4. Archaeology / Anthropology    5. History    6. History: World    7. Middle East - Egypt   


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