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EGYPTOLOGY

Also see: Egyptology for Children

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New Egyptology Titles   | Barbara Mertz   |  Dr. Zahi Hawass
General Egyptology   |  Specialist Egyptology Publishers  

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.

Many of the books here are beautifully illustrated, and would be great for children, but the sections on Ancient Egypt and Egyptology for Children might be more useful.

RECENT BOOKS about Egyptology

EGYPTOLOGISTS: DR. ZAHI HAWASS

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.

REALM OF THE PHARAOHS (Treasures of Ancient Egypt)

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 GOLDEN AGE OF TUTANKHAMUN

The true story of the child pharoah.

SECRETS FROM THE SAND: MY SEARCH FOR EGYPT'S PAST

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!

THE ROYAL TOMBS OF EGYPT: THE ART OF THEBES REVEALED

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.

. . . more books by Dr. Zahi Hawass

. . . DVD from Dr. Zahi Hawass

EGYPTOLOGISTS: BARBARA MERTZ

Egyptology books: Temples, Tombs And Hieroglyphs: A Popular History Of Ancient Egypt TEMPLES, TOMBS AND HIEROGLYPHS: A POPULAR HISTORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT by Barbara Mertz

Barbara Mertz is an Egyptologist who really knows how to grip her audience - she also writes bestselling novels under the pseudonymn Elizabeth Peters.

EGYPTOLOGISTS: JOYCE A. TYLDESLEY

Joyce A. Tyldesley EGYPT, HOW A LOST CIVILIZATION WAS REDISCOVERED
by Joyce A. Tyldesley

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.

more books by Joyce A. Tyldesley

EGYPTOLOGISTS: HOWARD CARTER

Photographic Print of Howard Carter and a colleague excavating a tomb in the Valley of the Kings

Photographic Print of Howard Carter and a colleague excavating a tomb in the Valley of the Kings

The Tomb of Tut.ankh.Amen - Volume 1 Search, Discovery and the Clearance of the Antechamber , by Howard Carter The Tomb of Tut.ankh.Amen - Volume 1 Search, Discovery and the Clearance of the Antechamber by Howard Carter (Duckworth Egypptology)

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.

EGYPTOLOGISTS: ALBERTO SILIOTTI

EGYPT: SPLENDOURS OF AN ANCIENT CIVILIZATION by Alberto Siliotti (Thames & Hudson)

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

EGYPTOLOGISTS: MIRIAM LICHTHEIM

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.

Ancient Egyptian Literature, 
translated by Miriam Lichtheim ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE by Miriam Lichtheim

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.

GENERAL EGYPTOLOGY:

EGYPT: THE WORLD OF THE PHARAOHS

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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UNWRAPPING THE PHARAOHS: HOW EGYPTIAN ARCHAEOLOGY CONFIRMS THE BIBLICAL TIMELINE - with DVD

EGYPT: 'THAMES & HUDSON'

see beautiful books about Ancient Egypt from

'Thames & Hudson'

Brian M. Fagan

THE RAPE OF THE NILE: TOMB ROBBERS, TOURISTS, AND ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN EGYPT by Professor Brian M. Fagan

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


SPECIALIST EGYPTOLOGY PUBLISHERS

DUCKWORTH EGYPTOLOGY

The Tomb of Thoutmosis IV by Theodore M. Davis, Howard Carter, Gaston Maspero, and Percy E. Newberry Performance and Drama in Ancient Egypt, by Robyn Gillam The Tomb of Thoutmosis IV, by Theodore M. Davis, Howard Carter, Gaston Maspero, and Percy E. Newberry The Royal Mummies, by G.Elliot Smith Behind Closed Eyes: Dreams and Nightmares in Ancient Egypt, by Kasia Szpakowska

Egyptology at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century:
Proceedings of the Eighth International Congress of Egyptologists, Cairo, 2000

Volume 1  |  Volume 2  |   Volume 3

THE SHIRE EGYPTOLOGY SERIES

The Shire Egyptology series has a fantastic range of titles which regularly earn 5-star reviews from readers. The series leaves no stone unturned in the exploration of ancient Egypt. To name just a few:
Tutankhamun's Egypt, by Frances Welsh Egyptian Towns and Cities, by Eric Uphill Egyptian Warfare and Weapons, by Ian Shaw Egyptian Rock-cut Tombs, by Aidan Dodson Egyptian Woodworking and Furniture, by Geoffrey Killen Egyptian Games and Sports, by Joyce A. Tyldesley

GOLDEN HOUSE PUBLICATIONS EGYPTOLOGY

NEW TITLE! DAILY DRESS AT DEIR EL-MEDINA, WORDS FOR CLOTHING, by Jac. J. Janssen (Paperback - 31 Mar 2008) Life and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt During the Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period, by Silke Grallert and Wolfram Grajetzki

KEGAN PAUL LIBRARY OF ANCIENT EGYPT

Luxor and Its Temples, by A.M. Blackman The Life and Times of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt: A Study in the Origin of the Roman Empire, by E.P Brome and Arthur E.P Weigall In Search of the Woman Pharaoh Hatshepsut: Excavations at Deir El-Bahri 1911-1931, by H.E. Winlock The Arts and Crafts of Ancient Egypt, by Sir W.M.Flinders Petrie

RESEARCHES IN SINAI: ANCIENT EGYPT AND PALESTINE (Kegan Paul Library of Ancient Egypt)
by Sir W.M.Flinders Petrie (Hardcover, 2005)

THE DUTIES OF THE VIZIER: CIVIL ADMINISTRATION IN THE EARLY NEW KINGDOM (Kegan Paul Studies in Egyptology Series) by G.P.F.Van Den Boorn (Hardcover, 1988)

STUDIES IN EGYPTOLOGY

Problems and Priorities in Egyptian Archaeology, by Jan Assman A Glossary of Ancient Egyptian Nautical Titles and Terms (Kpi Studies in Egyptology) by Dilwyn Jones

ATHLONE PUBLICATIONS IN EGYPTOLOGY & ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN STUDIES

Poetry and Culture in Middle Kingdom Egypt: A Dark Side to Perfection, by R.B. Parkinson High Culture and Experience in Ancient Egypt, by John Baines The Literature of New Kingdom Egypt, by Hans W. Fischer-Elfert

CONVERSATIONS WITH MUMMIES: NEW LIGHT ON THE LIVES OF ANCIENT EGYPTIANS by Rosalie David and Rick Archbold (Paperback, 2009)

CLEOPATRA AND ROME by Diana E.E. Kleiner (Harvard University Press, 2009)

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 OXFORD HANDBOOK OF PAPYROLOGY (Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History) by Roger S. Bagnall (Hardcover, 2009)

THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN FAMILY: KINSHIP AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE (African Studies) by Troy D. Allen (Hardcover, 2008)

DISCOVERY AT ROSETTA: THE ANCIENT STONE THAT UNLOCKED THE MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT EGYPT
by Jonathan Downs (Skyhorse Publishing, 2008)

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.

Also see:

THE ROSETTA STONE: AND THE REBIRTH OF ANCIENT EGYPT
by John Ray (2008)

EGYPT: FROM 'THAMES & HUDSON'

  • Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt: From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra, by Joyce A. Tyldesley
  • Egypt: Splendours of an Ancient Civilization, by Alberto Siliotti
  • Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture, by Richard H. Wilkinson
  • The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, by Richard H. Wilkinson
  • Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New Discoveries That Rewrite the Origins of Ancient Egypt, by Toby A.H. Wilkinson
  • The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (World of Art), by Toby Wilkinson
  • The Search for Ancient Egypt (New Horizons), by Jean Vercoutter

more 'Thames & Hudson' - Ancient Egypt

EGYPTOLOGY IN THE MEDIA

FILM / MOVIES / TV

DVD HISTORY / EGYPTOLOGY on TELEVISION at Amazon

DVD PYRAMIDS ON TELEVISION at Amazon

DVD KING TUT TELEVISION at Amazon

Educational-Childrens-DVD at Amazon

DVD CHILDREN'S HISTORY / EGYPTOLOGY at Amazon

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