Ancient Egypt and the Middle East

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Ancient Egypt and the Middle East follow the fluctuating fortunes of the great civilization of Egypt which flourished for 3,000 years in the Nile Valley. Its monumental buildings, along with beautiful tomb paintings, artifacts, documents and writings, provide a picture of a rich, complex, and sophisticated society. Alongside Egypt, other states and cultures developed, building important political and trading links, competing to preserve and extend their influence. Ancient Egypt and the Middle East charts the ...
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Overview

Ancient Egypt and the Middle East follow the fluctuating fortunes of the great civilization of Egypt which flourished for 3,000 years in the Nile Valley. Its monumental buildings, along with beautiful tomb paintings, artifacts, documents and writings, provide a picture of a rich, complex, and sophisticated society. Alongside Egypt, other states and cultures developed, building important political and trading links, competing to preserve and extend their influence. Ancient Egypt and the Middle East charts the development of these societies and looks at the factors that shaped the different settlement patterns in this region. Beginning with the first appearance of towns and organized societies in around 3500 BC, the book covers the period of integration under the Old Kingdom, its collapse, and the subsequent reunification under the Middle Kingdom. In the 500 years of the New Kingdom -- the Age of Empire -- Egypt extended its borders and controlled the trading of gold, luxury goods, and natural resources between Asia and Africa. Ancient Egypt and the Middle East also describes Egypt's ultimate decline as successive powers emerged, culminating in its defeat by Rome and assimilation into the Roman Empire.
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Dig into archeology, geography, and ancient history with these books in a series produced in England with the BBC. Lavishly illustrated with photographs from the British Museum and elsewhere, these slim volumes invite serious readers to explore mysteries of culture, mummification, location, and life many hundreds of years before the Christian era. Scholar-expert authors include captions, maps, and time lines to aid understanding. Perhaps due to length limitations, complexities and controversies regarding the Heinrich Schliemann excavations of the 1800s are dealt with briefly. Discussions of active digs, which might make subject matter more relevant for contemporary teens, are absent. Authors assume some knowledge of subject matter; no glossaries are provided. For example, readers are expected to know the term "cataracts" as used in the physical sciences. Reluctant readers or those new to the subject matter might appreciate DK's Eyewitness series more for its elaborate, lively illustrations, dynamic layouts, and engaging text. Volumes in this BBC series are indexed clearly for reference work. Each includes an annotated list of sources for further investigation. Most are book lists, but Morkot identifies magazines and Web sites as well. For libraries and households already in possession of the Eyewitness series, the BBC grouping could serve as appropriate companions for world history, geography, and some literature classes. Other books in the series cover ancient Rome and the Roman empire and ancient civilizations of the Americas. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with aspecial interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, DK, 96p, $12.95. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Patti Sylvester Spencer SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789478337
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST US
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Morkot studied Ancient History at University College, London, and the Humboldt University, Berlin. He has taught and lectured extensively on different aspects of Egyptian and Nubian history and in Egyptian art and architecture at, among other institutions, University College, London, Warwick University, England, Birkbeck College, London, the British Museum, and the Egypt Exploration Society. In addition to numerous academic papers and articles, Robert Morkot has written Egypt (1994), The Penguin Atlas of Ancient Greece (1996), and The Black Pharaohs: Egypt's Nubian Rulers (2000). He is co-author of Centuries of Darkness (1993) and has contributed articles to The Oxford Classical Dictionary (3rd edition, 1996), The Macmillan Dictionary of Art, and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Humankind (1994). He is currently completing a Dictionary of Ancient Egyptian Warfare.
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