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- Verlag: Tantor Audio; Auflage: Revised, Update. (Dezember 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1400155606
- ISBN-13: 978-1400155606
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,5 x 18,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 8 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.532.167 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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A successful combination of popular readability and sound scholarship. (New York Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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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."
The author presents other opinions which, even given the information available 20 years ago, are highly debatable, but it seems to make the book more readable: it's purpose is not to exhausively evaluate every theory.
Occasionally, she seems inconsistent. For example on p.148 "Hatshetsut and Cleopatra...Elizabeth the Great.. She [Hatshepsut] was beautiful, of course; all great queens are beautiful." Then on p.216 "...not all the great charmers of history have been beauties, and Ti certainly rates a place among them, with Cleopatra..."
There are a few places where the discussion becomes cloudy because the author appears to assume the reader has prior knowledge. For example, she mentions the beauty of Nefertiti without describing who she was. Then, after discussing "truth in artistic technique," she mentions the "king's devotion to his beautiful wife." Was she Nefertiti? I had to skim through to the end of the chapter to be sure she was.
Despite the problems, they are few compared to the wealth of information, stories, and theories that are presented. This is NOT a book that will put you to sleep. I went through it in two days and I don't speed-read!
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.
Also check out 'Red Land, Black Land : Daily Life in Ancient Egypt" by Barbara Mertz
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