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recommended reading about ancient Egypt

Charles Woods
 
1. A HISTORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT
History of Ancient Egypt Title: A HISTORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT
Author: Nicolas Grimal
Price: £19.99 - new edition - paperback
Published: ISBN 0-631-19396-0
Blackwell Publishing - 1994 -
Available from: Aboudi Bookshop. Tel: 002 095 372390 and the Gaddis Bookshop (next to Old Winter Palace)

One of the most comprehensive accounts of the rise and fall of the Civilisation of the Nile Valley from 120,000 bce to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 333 bce, to be published since Sir Alan Gardiner's "Egypt of the Pharaohs" in 1961.

Nicolas Grimas is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.
Ian Shaw (translator) is Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool.
A section for further reading of this book has been prepared by Kent R. Weeks, Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo
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2, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt
Royal families Title: THE COMPLETE ROYAL FAMILIES OF ANCIENT EGYPT
Author: Aidan Dodson/Dyan Hilton
Price: approx price in Egypt: Le. 150
Published: ISBN 977-424-957-7
Available from: Aboudi Bookshop. Tel: 002 095 372390 and the Gaddis Bookshop (next to Old Winter Palace)

Essential sourcebook for anyone interested in the Royal families of Egypt including many less known royal family members covering the first 3000 years of Dynastic rulers. Contains 27 special genealogical tables showing connections between various royal dynasties. More than 300 illustrations many of rarely seen royal figures.

Aidan Dodson is a Teaching Fellow in archaeology at the University of Bristol, and Dyan Hilton works at the Roman Baths Museum at Bath.

 
3. Ancient Egyptian Medicine
ANCIENT MEDICINE Title: ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MEDICINE
Author: John F. Nunn
Price: approx price in Egypt: Le. 150
Published: ISBN 0-7141-1906-7 British Museum Press
Available from: Aboudi Bookshop. Tel: 002 095 372390 and the Gaddis Bookshop (next to Old Winter Palace)

Dr. John F. Nunn MD, DSc. PhD, FRCS, FRCA is retired but was head of the anaesthesia division of the Clinical research Centre, Medical Research Council. He is author of a number of medical monographs and textbooks which have become standard works. He is also a member of the Egypt Exploration Society and has been studying Egyptian Hieroglyphs for over twenty five years.

This is not a cheap publication and is intended for those with a serious interest in Egyptian medicine and laypersons with an interest in the subject. Probably the best source book available on the subject. Contains many illustrations, and is an easy directory and source book to follow.

 
4. Egypt Canaan, and Israel in Ancient times
Egypt, Canaan abs Israel Title: EGYPT, CANAAN AND ISRAEL IN ANCIENT TIMES
Author: Donald B. Redford
Price: Second hand price - 30le
Published: The American University in Cairo Press. ISBN 977-424-322-6 - 1992
Available from: Aboudi Bookshop. Tel: 002 095 372390 and the Gaddis Bookshop (next to Old Winter Palace)

Donald B. Redford was Professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto. Also author of Akhenaton: the Heretic King and many other works on archaeology and Egyptology.

Although now considered out of date this book can be purchased very cheaply from any available old stock,(maybe less than LE 30,00) and is well worth trying to get hold of a copy. It is an excellent source book for understanding the political situation in Ancient Times. Donald Redford also covers many of the points raised in the Bible and explains many of the theological/archaeological problems in a very clear no-nonsense way. An excellent reference book to always have on hand.


5. Ancient Iraq
Ancient Iraq Title: ANCIENT IRAQ
Author: Dr. Georges Roux
Price: Price UK: approx £11.99
Published: Penguin History/Archaeology
ISBN 0-14-012523-X
Available from: Not available in Luxor

Now in its third edition, Ancient Iraq is probably one of the best source books for the study of Ancient Iraq and the political situations that existed between the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians and Assyrians in relationship to Egypt and each other. An invaluable source of information for any Egyptologist wishing to expand his/her knowledge of Egyptology in the light of Egypts neighbours.

Dr. G.Roux has had a very keen interest in Assyriology for many years, and his research work in southern Mesopotamia,and the articles he wrote for specialized periodicals such as Sumer and the Revue d'Assyriologie have won him admission to the restricted circle of professional archaeologists and assyriologists. An excellent book crammed with hard to find information. A source book no Egyptologist or Assyriologist can afford to be without.


6. Reading Egyptian Art
Reading Egyptian Art Title: READING EGYPTIAN ART
Author: Richard H. Wilkinson
Price: Price in Luxor: Appx LE 170,-
Published: ISBN 0-500-27751-6 Thames & Hudson
Available from: Aboudi Bookshop 002 095 372390 and Gaddis Bookshop (Next to Old Winter Palace)

This is an essential book for anyone interested in 'reading' Egyptian art and what it means. The Book contains a complete list of hieroglyphic signs and a glossary. Also very useful when used with Egyptian Mythology.

Richard H. Wilkinson lectures in Ancient and Egyptian culture and Egyptian hieroglyphs at the University of Arizona, and is also author of the companion to this volume "Symbol and Magic in Egyptian Art".


7. Who's Who in Ancient Egypt
Who's who Title: WHO'S WHO IN ANCIENT EGYPT
Author: Michael Rice
Price: Price in Luxor: Appx LE 150,-
Published: ISBN 0-415-15449-9 published by Routledge
Available from: Aboudi Bookshop 002 095 372390 and Gaddis Bookshop (Next to Old Winter Palace)

Michael Rice is a widely respected author on the archaeology and heritage of Egypt and the Middle East.

The Who's Who of Ancient Egypt gives an easy guide to most of the known individuals throughout Egyptian history from monarchs to painters and writers. Over a thousand entries in easy to use A-Z format. Essential directory for anyone with an interest in ancient Egypt.

 
8. Monarchs of the Nile
Monarcha of the Nile Title: MONARCHS OF THE NILE
Author: Aidan Dodson
Price: UK - £18.50 Price in Luxor not known
Published: ISBN 977-424-600-4
The American University in Cairo Press - 2004
Available from: Aboudi Bookshop 002 095 372390 and Gaddis Bookshop (Next to Old Winter Palace)

Aidan Dodson, BA, Phd. read Egyptian Archeology at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge universities. He teaches and lectures in England, Egypt, Canada, the United States, at the British Museum and on Nile Cruises.

Monarchs of the Nile offers a concise account of the lives and times of the more significant occupants of the Egyptian throne. Not as in depth as The Complete Royal Families, but is a useful reference book for general all-round use.


9 Judgement of the Pharaoh
Judgement of the Pharaoh Title: JUDGEMENT OF THE PHARAOH
Author: Joyce Tyldesley
Price: Price in Luxor - 120LE
Published: ISBN 0-75381-278-9 Pub: Phoenix
Available from: Aboudi Bookshop 002 095 372390 and Gaddis Bookshop (Next to Old Winter Palace)

Joyce Tyldesley has a doctorate in archaeology from Oxford University, and is Honorary Research Fellows at the school of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental Studies at Liverpool University.

She is the author of at least 8 books on Egyptian subjects. In this books she covers such points as cases of grave-robbing in antiquity, false embalming and necrophilia and other more mundane matters like property disputes. Gives some understanding of the realities of life under the pharaohs.


   

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