A History of Ancient Egypt

A History of Ancient Egypt

From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

Book - 2013
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How, over a thousand years, did a culture of semi-itinerant farmers create the rich, vivid, world of ancient Egypt, culminating with the Great Pyramid? In this extraordinary book John Romer draws on a lifetime of research to tell one of the greatest human stories. Showing how archaeological evidence has allowed this long-vanished civilization to gradually re-appear from under the sand, and the changing interpretations to which its breathtaking but enigmatic remains have been subjected, Romer reveals what these highly idiosyncratic objects have to tell us. The result is an engrossing detective story, as we discover what we really know of Nile civilization - and where the record remains silent. 'He has a painter's eye and his physical descriptions are superb . . . a book to be read and thought about.' Financial Times 'An up-to-date, stimulating account of the birth of what may turn out to be the world's oldest civilization.' Nature
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9780141399713
Branch Call Number: 932.01 Rom
Characteristics: xxvii, 475 p. : ill. (some col.), maps


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May 22, 2018

A very readable and accessible book. There are numerous drawings of artifacts and many maps (the most interesting map, to me, was on page 236, showing where various minerals were available). The author is excellent at sticking to the archeology and making inferences from it and contrasting his take on the early history roughly 6000 BC to 2500 BC from the accounts of previous historians. About half the book is taken up explaining pre-pharonic history by telling the reader what archeologists have discovered in the last 110 years. I was most surprised just how peaceful Egyptian (well, Naqadian) society was prior to Narmer. He is also unembarrassed about ignorance about a whole host of topics.

Jun 28, 2017

A very readable book that I enjoyed quite a bit. This book is devoted almost entirely to the pre-history of ancient Egypt, ending with the building of Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza.

I am looking forward to reading the recently released 2nd volume of this series.

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