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Egyptology includes everything about the culture of Ancient Egypt - its history and religion, its art, economics, ethics, literature and language studies (heiratic, coptic and heiroglyphics for example). The Rosetta Stone was the key to deciphering hieroglyphs (by Jean-Francois Champollion in 1822 and by Thomas Young the following year) - a fantastic step forward for Egyptology. Egyptology technically covers the period from 5000 BC until the 4th century A.D. when pagan religion ended.
Dr. Zahi Hawass is currently the Secretary General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities.
Dr. Zahi Hawass is general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Director of the Excavation at the Giza Pyramids, Saqqara, and the Bahariya Oasis; he has created programming for CNN, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and BBC.
A superbly illustrated unveiling of the mysteries of pharaonic Egypt revealed by major excavations from the Pyramids at Giza to Abu Simbel to the Valley of the Kings. In sharing anecdotes from his own archaeological adventures, egyptologist Dr. Hawass gives the book a real sense of immediacy.
The true story of the child pharoah.
Dr. Hawass passes on his delight in Egyptology by telling the story of his career through stories about people and the conservation projects they're involved in, rather than by discussing his academic papers. He made the spectacular discovery of the Valley of the Golden Mummies in 1999 thanks to an escaped donkey!
Spectacular reproductions of all the wall paintings and murals found in The Valley of the Kings - one fold out picture is five pages wide! The book is designed to tell the story of the journey of the dead, so the progression of images shows the pharaohs of the New Kingdom with various gods and goddesses on their journey to immortality.
This is not a tomb-by-tomb guide book.
Barbara Mertz is an Egyptologist who really knows how to grip her audience - she also writes bestselling novels under the pseudonymn Elizabeth Peters.
How Egypt's history and archaeology was rediscovered - and the explorers , collectors, archaeologists and others who played a part. Excitement, emotion and intrigue is inherent in many of the stories - such as the race to crack the hieroglyphic code and the dramatic discovery of untold golden treasures in Tutankhamen's tomb. The characters are wide ranging, featuring the lesser known egyptologists and the 'great' egyptologists such as Howard Carter - and come bang up to date with Dr Zahi Hawass and other contemporary egyptologists.
Also see The Tomb of Tut.ankh.Amen: Volume 2 Burial Chamber by Howard Carter and The Tomb of Tut.ankh.Amen: Volume 3 Annexe and Treasury by Howard Carter - as well as books about his excavations of oher tombs.
Some of the best colour photographs ever taken of Egypt's monuments and fabulous treasures... this is an ideal traveller's guide and a superb photographic record of Egypt's marvellous heritage' - The British Museum Magazine
The text covers 5,000 years of Egyptian history, from the first pharaohs to the modern Arab republic.
Alberto Siliotti has also written a some highly recommended guidebooks, reviewed in our Egypt Guide Books section
Miriam Lichtheim,Egyptologist and philologist, made her name as a translator of ancient Egyptian texts. She published the three volumes of her useful and oft-quoted introductions to / translations of Ancient Egyptian Literature written between 1973 and 1980 (published by the University of California Press) remain the seminal translations.
In 1973 Miriam Lichtheim published the first volume of the
Ancient Egyptian Literature
(abbr. AEL), annotated translations of Old and Middle Kingdom texts. The second volume, containing New Kingdom texts followed in 1976, and the third, in 1980, dealt with the first millennium BCE literature.
Egypt: The World Of The Pharaohs is a hefty (more than 500 pages) but extremely popular introduction to Egyptology covering the full range of history from Paleolithic to Arabic times, with contributions from many specialists.
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Professor Fagan focuses on the greed, vanity of the hordes of archaeologists, thieves and sightseers who have been drawn to the honeypot of the Nile ever since ancient times — as well as the amazing archaeological research it has generated. The book is populated by a host of fascinating historical characters: the ancient historian Herodotus; Theban tomb robbers; obelisk-stealing Romans; Coptic Christians; mummy traders; antiquarians; museums; a circus strongman; shrewd consuls; ruthless pashas; renowned archaeologists and more . . .
Updating the original "THE RAPE OF THE NILE" (first published in 1975), this edition reports on further discoveries, including the Royal Tombs of Tanis, the Valley of Golden Mummies at Bahariya, the Tomb of the Sons of Ramses, and the sunken city of Alexandria (whose lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) — and considers the impact of modern mass tourism on archaeological sites and artifacts.
Prof. Fagan was awarded the 1996 Society of Professional Archaeologists' Distinguished Service Award for his "untiring efforts to bring archaeology in front of the public" — just one of his many awards. A great all-round communicator, he worked on many Hollywood documentaries, developed and wrote the original Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? and is a lecturer and archaeological consultant for numerous institutions including prestigioius museums, Time/Life and the National Geographic Society.
more books by Brian M. Fagan
How Cleopatra has been portrayed - through two thousand years.
Cleopatra was a woman known mainly through
a series of sensational images: floating through a perfumed mist down the Nile, dressed as Venus for a tryst at Tarsus, unfurled from a roll of linens before Caesar, and, couchant, the deadly asp clasped to her breast.
These images all relate to the Egyptian queen's interaction with the great ancient Romans of her time - Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Octavian Augustus. Her influence outlived her, influencing Roman art and culture. This book looks into and beyond the images to reveal a loyal, politically astute and intelligent woman.
The gripping tale of the discovery of The Rosetta Stone from discovery to decipherment - and the true story of how the French lost the stone.