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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Feb. 18 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195132157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195132151
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,623,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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HANDBOOK TO LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT is a very helpful reference and the revised edition gives the most up-to-date information. It really is more like an encyclopedia. It is not necessary to be read cover to cover as such, although the reader can do so. It is divided up into 12 chapters covering 12 different topics. Some of the information, if pertinent, overlaps in the chapters, but is put there for completeness. The chapters are: 1 - Egyptology, Archaeology and Scientific Mummy Studies in Egypt; 2 - Historical Background; 3-Geography of Ancient Egypt; 4 - Society and Government; 5 - Religion of the Living; 6-- Funerary Beliefs and Customs; 7 - Architecture and Building; 8-- Written Evidence; 9-- The Army and Navy; 10 -- Foreign Trade and Transport; 11 - Economy and Industry; and 12 -- Everyday Life. There are also a Chronological Table, a List of Museums with Egyptian Collections, a Bibliography and an Index included.
This is a helpful reference for anyone and is especially useful to the person just beginning to learn about Ancient Egypt.
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A wonderful book to replace the very outdated and patently racist "Life in Ancient Egypt" by Erman, David's coffee-table book about the worldview and culture of the ancient Egyptians is quite nice. Be aware of a tendency to read certain portions of Egyptian life as "coming from an outside source" (an oblique reference to the outdated "Dynastic Race Theory" that, sadly, still seems to be held to by some British archaeologists). Otherwise factual, useful, and filled with an excellent bibliography.
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By Tamara L. Siuda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A wonderful book to replace the very outdated and patently racist "Life in Ancient Egypt" by Erman, David's coffee-table book about the worldview and culture of the ancient Egyptians is quite nice. Be aware of a tendency to read certain portions of Egyptian life as "coming from an outside source" (an oblique reference to the outdated "Dynastic Race Theory" that, sadly, still seems to be held to by some British archaeologists). Otherwise factual, useful, and filled with an excellent bibliography.
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Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt Jan. 14 2011
By Gilgamesh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Handbook to Life in Ancient Egypt by Rosalie David is one of a series under the Facts on File imprint. As a writer of historical novels I found this book, as well as others in the series, authoritative, highly readable and full of relevant information. Books such as this are very convenient to have at hand when writing on screen as there is no need to lose sight of the text, as would happen when consulting internet sources that may or may not be as well founded in their knowledge as Rosalie David.
Fantastic read for beginners and intermediate enthusiasts alike July 7 2010
By Karson178 - Published on Amazon.com
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To begin with, this book is well written and is very accessible for a variety of people who like to either begin their journey into the Egyptian existence. The chapterts are both cohesive in reading but also stand alone if you would like to read on a particular facet of Egyptian culture. It is, of course, not a book for in depth exploration of these topics but if gives a marvelous overview of the topics and there is a provided list of recommended reading for these topics if warranted. As above, I definitely recommend this book for beginning and intermediate enthusiasts wanting a more intimate approach to the Egyptian people and the lives they lived.
Excellent Book Aug. 8 2006
By Bighead - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is very thorough in the information it provides. Pretty much self explanatory.
Plenty of info July 21 2005
By M. Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book gives a good overview of what we know about the Ancient Egyptian culture. This was a book I had to purchase for a class on the subject and I found it quite interesting.

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