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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Book Review, Egyptology: Ten Books +1 for Summer or Winter Days
usual I find myself in the middle of a hot summer with little energy to do much
except read and would suggest these eleven books are likely to not only pass
time but to inspire the thoughts of the reader back into days of drifting sand
and elegance on the Nile.
Egypt by H.H. Powers
1924 guide book is written by a gentleman with all the graciousness a cynic
could muster, a cynic however with a good sense of Egyptian art. The travel to
Cairo and down the Nile is met with a lingering disdain of mankind and a
slightly quirky way at viewing the sites. I would have put this book higher on
this list except it may be difficult for readers to find.
this c1900 book the author takes the reader on an elegant journey around Egypt
including the meeting of some of the eras great Egyptologists especially Sir
Flinders Petrie who's good graces opened the door to worthy events and places
of the day for the author. This book would also be higher on the list except it
will be hard to find.
is the late Cyril Aldred's 1978 view into the Pharaonic tradition of royal
jewels created for the king and elite. Here the author has created a short book
with half the volume devoted to coloured pictures of the best of ancient
Lives will not be an easy book to enter as it took me a few chapters in before
I was hooked by one of the finest telling of ancient lives of a privileged
class of artisans from the ancient village of the royal tomb builders. The book
is composed with the thousands of documents found at that site and displaying
all the ancient villagers talents, trials, and responsibilities they possessed
to the living and the dead.
classic publication by the late Arthur Weigall whom excavated a famous tomb,
and was present in the Valley of kings during important discoveries at the
beginning of the last century and is a must read for anyone interested in the
these discoveries. Especially impressive is the authors descriptions of the
activities which took place in Valley of kings tomb 55 in ancient times.
short book is based on a project in the 1970's to X-ray all the royal mummies
and virtually every other mummy in the Cairo Museum. The book is filled with
many of the finds produced by the X-rays including the position of King
Amenhotep I's arms and a bead girdle around the kings waist.
is the second book on this list for the late Cyril Aldred who writes here about
the heretic and his beautiful queen Nefertiti. This is not a story as much as
it is an examination of 175 surviving works of art of the Amarna period in
late Egyptologist Walter Emery had the experience of some of the great finds of
Egypt's shadowy Archaic period at the beginning of dynastic history. The volume
is filled with exceptional black and white pictures that clearly demonstrate
the authors words and remarkable discoveries.
marvelous short book is on the discovery of the remains of a notable priest
who's mummy was discovered a century ago at Deir el Bahri. Unfortunately the
priests mummy deteriorated so much so that it was decided to unwrap him, this
represents one of the last times in modern history that an Egyptian mummy was
I loved the format of the book which present
the great archaeological finds from ancient Egypt according to their date of
discovery. The book is uncomplicated and filled with lots of coloured pictures
including some finds which may be new to the reader.
is the late Thomas Hoving's 1978 best seller of an unbeleivable tale of
Tutankhamun's treasures and the covetous nature of the excavation of the boy
kings tomb. The artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb were kept together for
Egypt's national collection in Cairo but did a number of them end up outside