- Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: William Morrow Paperbacks; Auflage: Revised, Update. (24. Februar 2009)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0061252778
- ISBN-13: 978-0061252778
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 2,1 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 8 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 406.359 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Februar 2009
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An updated classic history of ancient Egypt draws on archaeological reporting, historical speculation, and other sources, in an account that provides coverage of professional discoveries from the past quarter century. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: MP3 CD.
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Barbara Mertz is a New York Times bestselling author who writes the popular Amelia Peabody mystery series under the pen name Elizabeth Peters and romantic suspense novels as Barbara Michaels. She was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998, she lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.
This was the first of a large number of books and documentaries I've read/watched in preparation for a visit to Egypt this coming summer.
Before I grind my axe at some of the problems with this book, let me say that I learned a lot from it and enjoyed reading it. If this is your sole book it will enable you to identify many places, temples and tombs with the appropriate point in Egyptian history with only a few built-in mistakes! If someone asked me to recommend an informative, relatively inexpensive, but not too dry study of ancient Egypt I would recommend this one without hesitation.
But some theories which are currently in vogue she misses or gives just a one sentence discussion: like the current idea that the pharaoh Smenhkkare was really the queen Nefertiti.
She flatly states that the mummy found in Tomb 55 in the Valley of the Kings "can't be Akhenaton." However, modern consensus agrees with turn of the century Egyptian Director of Antiquities (whose argument the author fails to mention) Authur Weigall: "The body was lying in a coffin inscribed with Akhenaton's name; it was bound with ribbons inscribed with his name; it had the physical characteristics of [his] portraits...Those who erased the names (of Akhenaton in the tomb because he had been a "heretic") must have thought it to be Akhenaton's body...finally, there is nobody else who..it could be.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
As it has been previously noted by other reviewer's this book is somewhat dated (orginally published in 1964) but that does not detract from the wonderful narrative that the author weaves around the Pharaohs and their place in history.
The author does not get bogged down in technical details and you never lose interest in the story. She has a knack of writing about these far away times and people as if it was yesterday and draws you into her story. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to obtain a decent overview of Ancient Egypt.
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Barbara Mertz is not only an egyptologist, but a talented writer. She produces the most interesting and complete history of Egypt that I've ever read. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 30. September 1998 veröffentlicht
This is a very interesting and informative look at ancient Egypt. Once I picked up this book, I could not put it down. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 8. Juli 1998 veröffentlicht
As an archaeologist who teaches adults and younger students, this is my favorite overview of Egyptian history. Barbara Mertz make the kings and queens come alive! Nancy BernardAm 21. Juni 1998 veröffentlicht