Ancient Egypt in 101 Questions and Answers

Ancient Egypt in 101 Questions and Answers

by Thomas Schneider
     
 

A new way of looking at all aspects of ancient Egypt—from history, art, and everyday life to religion and ancient attitudes to death and the afterlife.See more details below

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A new way of looking at all aspects of ancient Egypt—from history, art, and everyday life to religion and ancient attitudes to death and the afterlife.

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"Ancient Egypt, with its pharaohs, pyramids, and mummies, never ceases to fascinate. Employing a question-and-answer format, this handy volume provides a wealth of information about ancient Egyptian history, society, religion, and more. For example, did ancient Egyptian women have equal rights? How was the Great Pyramid built? The answers, ranging in length from one to three pages, are engagingly and accessibly written and invite further research. . . . It is highly recommended for the circulating shelves of most academic and public libraries."—Booklist (18 September 2013)

"Schneider provides an illuminating introduction to Egyptology for the nonspecialist."—Library Journal (1 September 2013)

Library Journal
09/01/2013
Here translated from the original German edition by American Egyptologist Lorton, this volume by Schneider (Egyptology & Near Eastern studies, Univ. of British Columbia) explores the civilization of ancient Egypt for the general reader in a question-and-answer format. The questions are divided among eight categories: "Ancient Egypt and the Modern World," "The Egyptian World and the Egyptian World View," "Egyptian History," "Egyptian Religion," "Egyptian Art, Archaeology, and Architecture," "Egyptian Language and Literature," "Egyptian Society," and "Egyptologists." Among the more unusual and intriguing questions are "What role did Egyptology play in the Third Reich?" "Are Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep the first attested gay couple?" and "Could Queens Hetepheres, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra have had a chat?" In keeping with the theme, the author includes 101 bibliographical citations. The information is fully current and authoritative, but the book lacks an index which would give enhanced access. VERDICT Even without an index, Schneider's title provides an illuminating introduction to Egyptology for the nonspecialist, for whom it is appropriate and recommended. For those looking for a comprehensive popular overview in conventional format (i.e., not a Q&A), Charlotte Booth's The Ancient Egyptians for Dummies is a good option.—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL

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ISBN-13:
9780801452543
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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