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Mummies, Pyramids, Gods, and Goddesses: The Secrets of Ancient Egypt

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A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid
by John Romer Details
In "A History of Ancient Egypt," famed archaeologist John Romer draws on a lifetime of research to tell one of history's greatest stories: how, over more than a thousand years, a society of farmers created a rich, vivid world where one of the most astounding of all human-made landmarks, the Great Pyramid, was built. Immersing readers in the Egypt of the past, Romer examines and challenges the long-held theories about what certain archaeological finds mean and what stories they tell about how the Egyptians lived.
Beneath the Sands of Egypt: Adventures of an Unconventional Archaeologist
by Donald Ryan Details
In "Beneath the Sands of Egypt," archaeologist Donald Ryan offers an intriguing personal account of a career spent researching the remains of Egypt's past--including his headline-making rediscovery of a lost tomb in the Valley of the Kings containing the mummy of the famous female pharaoh Hatshepsut. While describing his adventures in the field, Ryan adds his unique touch, reminding us how an artifact as seemingly insignificant as a piece of rope can unlock invaluable insights and offer its own wonderful tale.
Cleopatra the Great: The Woman Behind the Legend
by Joann Fletcher Details
In "Cleopatra the Great," world-renowned Egyptologist Joann Fletcher offers an extraordinary look at one of Egypt's most intriguing leaders: the legendary Cleopatra. In the tradition of biographies by Stacy Shiff, Duane Roller, and Adrian Goldsworthy, and drawing on astonishing new evidence about Cleopatra's life--including tax records, personal correspondence, and the discovery of her palace quarters beneath the Mediterranean Sea--Fletcher presents Cleopatra's life in glorious detail, revealing the woman behind the myths.
Exploring Ancient Egypt
by Ian Shaw Details
Traveling through twenty different sites--including pyramids, rock tombs, temples, and most of the major settlements--Ian Shaw's "Exploring Ancient Egypt" offers a fascinating lens through which to view the culture and lifestyle of the people of ancient Egypt, their technological achievements, their relationships with and ways of exploiting the environment, and the spiritual ideologies that motivated them.
Hieroglyphics: The Writings of Ancient Egypt
by Maria Betro Details
Both literal and highly lyrical, hieroglyphics bring alive a distant world with descriptions of the natural environment, the art, society, religious beliefs, and even the philosophical basis of a culture that flourished 5,000 years ago. Presenting and explaining almost 600 of the figures used in the classic phase of Egypt's "sacred writing," Maria Betro traces the origins and meaning of each sign, as well as its graphic stylization.
Reflections of Osiris: Lives from Ancient Egypt
by John Ray Details
Spanning more than two millennia, John Ray's "Reflections of Osiris" opens a small window into a timeless world, capturing the flavor of life in ancient Egypt through vivid profiles of eleven actual people and the god Osiris. Some of the figures are famous: Imhotep, the royal architect of the Step Pyramid and high priest of the sun cult. Others are everyday Egyptians: Heqanakhte, a cantankerous peasant farmer, and Petiese, a scribe whose petition to the authorities preserves a feud stretching back over generations. Capturing the full spectrum of life in ancient Egypt, Ray even profiles the god Osiris, judge of the netherworld and creator of the land of Egypt, before whom all would appear at the end of their lives.
The City of Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Amarna and Its People
by Barry Kemp Details
The ancient site of Tell el-Amarna in Middle Egypt was the capital city of the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten and his chief consort, Nefertiti. Occupied for just sixteen years in the 14th century B.C., the city lay largely abandoned and forgotten until excavations over the last hundred years brought it back into prominence. Based on more than three decades of research and excavation, Barry Kemp, the world authority on the city and its enigmatic pharaoh, provides new insight into Amarna and its people, bringing to life the royal family and their offspring, as well as prominent citizens.
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
by Richard H. Wilkinson Details
In Ancient Egypt, the lives of pharaohs and commoners alike were dominated by the need to honor, worship, and pacify the huge pantheon of deities. From lavish tomb paintings and imposing temple reliefs to humble household shrines, countless tributes reflect the richness and complexity of their mythology. In "The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt," Richard H. Wilkinson examines the evolution, worship, and eventual decline of the numerous gods and goddesses--from minor household figures such as Bes and Taweret to the all-powerful deities Amun and Rethat--who made Egyptians, according to Herodotus, "more religious than any other people."
The Murder of Cleopatra: History's Greatest Cold Case
by Pat Brown Details
For more than 2,000 years, the great pharaoh Cleopatra VII has been portrayed as a failed monarch. Various ancient sources state that she desperately ended her life with the bite of an asp, as her nemesis--the Roman general Octavian, later known as Augustus, the first Roman emperor--stormed Alexandria. In "The Murder of Cleopatra," world-renowned criminal profiler Pat Brown challenges the long-enduring myth that Cleopatra committed suicide via snakebite, instead offering an account of the queen's final desperate attempt to escape Egypt with her ships and her treasure, and the brutal homicide that ended her life as the last Egyptian pharaoh.
The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun
by Paul Doherty Details
King Tutankhamun came to the throne when religious dissent threatened his vast empire, then died mysteriously at the age of eighteen. In "The Mysterious Death of Tutankhamun," Paul Doherty explores how the boy-king's famous calm and beautiful death mask actually conceals a story of bloody intrigue. Was King Tut secretly assassinated by the powerful cabal that ran the court and the country? Could the powerful first minister, Ay, have murdered him to seize the crown for himself? And what about the hurried burial in a virtually unmarked grave--was it to conceal the evidence of fatal head wounds?
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
by Toby Wilkinson Details
In "The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt," renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson tells the epic story of this great civilization, from its birth as the first nation-state to its final absorption into the Roman Empire, exploring 3,000 years of wild drama, bold spectacle, and unforgettable characters. Drawing upon forty years of archaeological research, Wilkinson takes us inside an exotic tribal society with a pre-monetary economy and decadent, divine kings who ruled with all-too-recognizable human emotions.
Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut's Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt
by Kara Cooney Details
Hatshepsut, the daughter of a general who usurped Egypt's throne, was born into a privileged position in the royal household, and she was expected to bear the sons who would legitimize the reign of her father's family. Her failure to produce a male heir was ultimately the twist of fate that paved the way for her improbable rule as a cross-dressing king. Constructing a rich narrative history using the artifacts that remain, noted Egyptologist Kara Cooney offers a remarkable interpretation of how Hatshepsut rapidly but methodically consolidated power--and why she fell from public favor just as quickly.
Updated 10/27/2014
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