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Egypt's Making: The Origins of Ancient Egypt 5000-2000 BC
Routledge | 2003 | ISBN: 0415268753 | Pages: 336 | PDF | 8.86 MB

Egypt's Making examines the first 3000 years of Egyptian history, from 5000-2000 BC, down to the collapse of the old Kingdom. Evoking the magic and wonder of most ancient Egypt, Michael Rice explains the essentially African character of the historic Egyptian society, institutions and art. He augments his **** with many superb illustrations of the art and architecture of this fascinating and relatively little-known period of Egypt's history.


Ancient Perspectives on Egypt (Encounters with Ancient Egypt) By Roger Matthews
Publisher: UCL Press 2003 | 200 Pages | ISBN: 1844720020 | PDF | 27.8 MB

We have material evidence that proves that Egypt was in contact with other regions and polities from an early period, seemingly in the form of exchange and trade in commodities. But what did these foreigners make of the Egyptians? These twelve essays explore the complexities of answering this question at different points in Egypt's history. Whilst some take a largely archaeological or materialistic approach (largely those looking at the period before c.1500BC), others assess the attitudes and perspectives of non-Egyptians through literary sources, looking in particular at the Greeks, Macedonians and Romans.




Manetho: History of Egypt and Other Works
Publisher: Loeb Classical Library | ISBN: 0674993853 | edition 1940 | PDF | 288 pages | 24,65 mb

Manetho was an Egyptian of the 3rd century BCE. Born probably at Sebennytus in the Delta, he became a priest or high priest at Heliopolis. Apparently he and a Greek Timotheus did much to establish the cult of Serapis in Egypt. Eight works or parts of works were ascribed to him, all on history and religion and all apparently in Greek: Aegyptiaca, on the history of Egypt; The Sacred Book on Egyptian religion; An Epitome of Physical Doctrines; On Festivals; On Ancient Ritual and Religion; On the Making of Kyphi (an incense); The Criticisms of Herodotus; and the spurious Book of Sôthis. These survive only as quoted by other writers. This volume also contains the doubtful Kings of Thebes (in Egypt) and the Old Chronicle.




George Hart - DK Eyewitness Guides: Ancient Egypt
Dorling Kindersley Publishers | 1990 | ISBN: 0863184448 | Pages: 64 | PDF | 10.16 MB

A spectacular and informative new guide to the fascinating story of Ancient Egypt in a revised paperback edition

A superb collection of specially commissioned photographs presents a detailed look at life in Ancient Egypt - from the pharaoh and his courtiers, through the mystical rites of the priests, to the world of the workers in the fields.

Featuring stunning items from the tomb of Tutankhamun and jewellery from the royal palaces, the book shows how Egyptian nobles lived. We learn how the Egyptians prepared for the afterlife, and see their mummies. The book also looks at the lives, rituals, and hieroglyphic writing of the priests and scribes, and photographs of food, clothes, weapons, and even toys reveal how ordinary Egyptians lived.

Produced in association with the British Museum, London, Ancient Egypt is a unique and compelling introduction to a remarkable civilization.

* Stunning, real-life photographs of everything from jewels to tools, toy to mummies, offer a unique "eyewitness" view of the history and people of Ancient Egypt.
* See the mummies of priests and kings; fruit that is more than 3,000 years old; the treasures of the pharaohs; the weapons of an Egyptian soldier
* Learn why even cats and dogs were mummified; why the pharaohs were buried with boats and statues; why brave Egyptian soldiers had medals in the shape of flies; how the doctors of Egypt healed the sick
* Discover what was inside the Great Pyramid at Giza; how Tutankhamun's tomb was found; what games Egyptian children played; what went on in the temples of Ancient Egypt; how hieroglyphics were deciphered


Kathryn A. Bard
Introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Blackwell Publishing | 2007 | ISBN: 1405111496 | 437 pages | PDF | 35 Mb

Kathryn Bard has authored the first history of ancient Egypt based primarily on archaeological data. She is well qualified to do this as a result of her major contributions as an archaeologist to understanding the development of the state in prehistoric Egypt and of Egyptian trading relations with sub-Saharan Africa, as well as her editing of the highly successful Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt.





John Anthony West, "Serpent in the Sky"
Quest Books | 1993-07-25 | ISBN: 0835606910 | 266 pages | PDF | 6,7 MB

This revised edition of West's revolutionary reinterpretation of the civilization of Egypt challenges all that has been accpeted as dogma concerning this ancient and enigmatic land. It features a new introduction linking Egyptian science with the perennial wisdom tradition and an appendix updating the author's work in redating the Sphinx.

This is John Anthony West's amazing book Serpent in the Sky - The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt (1993) which is the revised edition of a modern classic (first published in 1979) challenging just about all that has been accepted as dogma about ancient Egypt and an update to his account of the advanced civilization of Ancient Egypt which hid its roots behind symbolic drawings and monuments completely misunderstood by most of the (materialistic) researchers.

Its primary concern is to popularize the otherwise inaccessible work of legendary egyptologist R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz, who spent a great deal of time making exhaustive measurements of the Temple of Luxor and subsequently incorporated his findings into a comprehensive reinterpretation of ancient Egypt known as Symbolism. A final chapter and a pair of appendices summarize West's investigation of an offhand comment of Schwaller de Lubicz that the Sphinx appears to be weathered by water, with the conclusion that such weathering necessitates a redating of the Sphinx's carving to at least 5000-7000 BCE and perhaps much further in the past. As tracts of alternative archaeology go, this is not an easy read, and so the casual reader should be forewarned. West shows rather nicely how literal translations of Old Kingdom pyramid ****s seem like complete gibberish, and most likely do not do justice to the people who wrote them. The symbolic translation appears much more believable and actually makes sense once it is put on a higher level of consciousness and thus understanding.

On the other hand, West is not reticent about engaging in rants against what he terms the "Church of Progress," meaning the belief in technological and scientific advancement as the measure of human accomplishment, and the depradations of modern society (which, he boldly asserts, is not a civilization) on the human soul. As he explains in this richly illustrated book the unity and purpose of ancient Egyptian culture was represented by the Serpent which symbollized choice: the lower or the higher path. The author brings to life the world of a people for whom higher truth was a living reality and ultimate goal. Serpent in the Sky is probably the best introduction to the advanced civilization of ancient Egypt as the reader is shown a true glimpse into the Egyptian consciousness by showing the symbolic triple-level workings of heiroglyphics. Not to be missed by anyone interested in true historical roots of ancient egyptian civilization and human civilization as a whole. 280 pages, many pictures. A must read for everyone.



Andrew Harker "Loyalty and Dissidence in Roman Egypt: The Case of the Acta Alexandrinorum"
Cambridge University Press | 2008-06-02 | ISBN: 0521887895 | 262 pages | PDF | 1 MB

The Acta Alexandrinorum are a fascinating collection of ****s, dealing with relations between the Alexandrians and the Roman emperors in the first century AD. This was a turbulent time in the life of the capital city of the new province of Egypt, not least because of tensions between the Greek and Jewish sections of the population. Dr Harker has written the first in-depth study of these ****s since their first edition half a century ago, and examines them in the con**** of other similar contemporary literary forms, both from Roman Egypt and the wider Roman Empire. This study of the Acta Alexandrinorum, which was genuinely popular in Roman Egypt, offers a more complex perspective on provincial mentalities towards imperial Rome than that offered in the mainstream elite literature. It will be of interest to classicists and ancient historians, but also to those interested in Jewish and New Testament studies.




Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt
William Morrow | ISBN: 006125276X | November 6, 2007 | PDF | 5 Mb | 352 Pages

An eye-opening, edifying, and endlessly entertaining tour through an astonishing bygone world—the acclaimed classic history of ancient Egypt, now newly revised and updated

Writing as Elizabeth Peters, world-renowned Egyptologist Barbara Mertz is the author of the phenomenally popular New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring archaeologist Amelia Peabody. In Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs, Dr. Mertz explores the breathtaking reality behind her fiction by casting a dazzling light on a remarkable civilization that, even after thousands of years, still stirs the human imagination and inspires awe with its marvelous mysteries and amazing accomplishments.

A fascinating chronicle of an extraordinary epoch—from the first Stone Age settlements through the reign of Cleopatra and the Roman invasions—Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs brings ancient Egypt to life as never before. Lavishly illustrated with pictures, maps, photographs, and charts, it offers tantalizing glimpses into Egyptian society and everyday life; amazing stories of the pharaohs and the rise and fall of great dynasties; religion and culture; folklore and fairy tales; stories of the explorers, scientists, and unmitigated scoundrels who sought to unravel or exploit the ageless mysteries; and breathtaking insights into the magnificent architectural wonders that rose up from the desert sands.

Revised and updated to include the results of the most recent historical research and archaeological finds, Dr. Mertz's book is unhampered by stuffy prose and dry academic formality. Instead, it is a vibrant, colorful, and fun excursion for anyone who's ever fantasized about exploring the Valley of the Kings, viewing up close the treasures of the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, or sailing down the Nile on Cleopatra's royal barge.



Peter A. Clayton, "Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt With 350 Illustrations 130 in Color"
Thames & Hudson | 1994 | ISBN: 0500050740 | 224 pages | PDF (scan) | 120 MB

Who was the first king on ancient Egypt and who was the last? Which Egyptian queens ruled in their own right? What do we really know about the 170 or more pharaohs whose names have come down to us?

Chronicle of the Pharaohs is the first book to depict chronologically and in narrative form all the rulers and dynasties of Egypt. From Narmer, who first united lands along the Nile, to Cleopatra 3,000 years later, the history of ancient Egypt is brought vividly to life through the exploits and personalities of her rulers.

Key features of the book include:
• biographical portraits of all the known pharaohs
• timelines throughout, with at-a-glance visual guides to the length of each reign and the overlapping of dynasties;
• datafiles for every pharaoh, listing key information such as royal titles and family relationships;
• cartouches (royal names in hieroglyphs) for each king and queen;
• genealogical tables, lists of main historical events, and special features of subjects that range from the six wives of Rameses the Great to the Exodus;
• Portraits of all the major rulers and specially commissioned cutaway diagrams of royal tombs and monuments.

Here is an essential reference on ancient Egypt that provides an extraordinary visual introduction to the diversity and richness of this fascinating civilization. Museum goers, tourists, students, and everyone interested in the world on ancient Egypt will quickly make the Chronicle their inseparable companion.





John Green and Stanley Appelbaum , «Life in Ancient Egypt», Coloring Edition
Dover Publications | ISBN 0486261301 | September 1989 | PDF | 51 Pages | 8,74 Mb
Reading level: Ages 9-12

44 detailed drawings recall glory of a magnificent civilization. Full-page illustrations of Cleopatra, Ramses II, arts and crafts, funerary practices, warfare, creation of architectural monuments, more. Captions. Educational entertainment for colorists of all ages; inexpensive source of royalty-free graphics for commercial artists.



Ana Ruiz, The Spirit of Ancient Egypt
Algora Publishing | ISBN 1892941686 | 2001 | PDF | 1 MB | 281 pages

“ Man settled along the banks of the Nile River as long ago as 7000 BC; four millennia later, in this very region, he had learned to read, write, and develop and expand as a community. Over the next 3000 years, Egypt prospered despite hardships, internal conflicts and foreign invasion. Herodotus, the Greek historian who traveled to Egypt in the 5th century BC, called it “the gift of the Nile.”



James Henry Breasted “Ancient Records of Egypt: The First Through the Seventeenth Dynasties, Vol. 1"
University of Illinois Press | 2001-05-17 | ISBN: 0252069900 | PDF | 400 pages | 11,4 Mb

Around the turn of the last century, James Breasted took on the challenge of assembling all the available historical ********s of ancient Egypt and translating them into English. This prodigious undertaking involved traveling to the monuments extant in the Nile valley and in outlying areas of Egyptian conquest, as well as to museums throughout Europe where Egyptian relics were housed. Breasted made his own copies of hundreds of Egyptian records inscribed on papyrus or leather or carved in stone and engaged in a thorough study of the published records of Egyptian history in conjunction with his own transcription of the ********s themselves. This five-volume compendium is the result.

Breasted's monumental work, originally published from 1906 to 1907, encompasses twenty-six dynasties spanning more than three millennia: from ca. 3050 B.C. to 525 B.C. For each ********, Breasted provides information on the location, condition, historical significance, and content. Beginning with the earliest known official annals of Egypt, the Palermo Stone, Breasted catalogs the realm's official activities, including royal succession, temple construction, property distribution, and foreign conquest. He tracks the careers of scores of kings, queens, government officials, military leaders, powerful statesmen, and influential courtiers, reproducing their autobiographies, letters of favor, paeans, mortuary gifts, and tomb inscriptions. Clearly annotated for the lay reader, the ********s provide copious evidence of trade relations, construction activities, diplomatic envoys, foreign expeditions, and other aspects of a vigorous, highly organized and centrally controlled society.
Breasted's commentary is both rigorously ********ed and accessible, suffused with a contagious fascination for the events, the personalities, the cultural practices, and the sophistication these records indicate. A herculean assemblage of primary ********s, many of which have deteriorated to illegibility in the intervening century, Ancient Records of Egypt illuminates both the incredible complexity of Egyptian society and the almost insuperable difficulties of reconstructing a lost civilization.
This first paperback edition of Ancient Records of Egypt features a new introduction and updated bibliography by Peter A. Piccione. Setting Breasted's work in the con**** of the development of American Egyptology, Piccione discusses Breasted's establishment of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, with corporate support by John D. Rockefeller and other benefactors, and surveys the ambitious body of publications with which Breasted laid the foundation for future Egyptian studies.





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