Ancient Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids

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Imagine building a pyramid that stands more than 400 feet (123 meters) tall. Now imagine building it with stone blocks weighing thousands of pounds and no heavy equipment. The ancient Egyptians accomplished this job and more. Explore what makes ancient Egypt stand out as one of historys greatest civilizations, from its powerful pharaohs to its many inventions.

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Overview

Imagine building a pyramid that stands more than 400 feet (123 meters) tall. Now imagine building it with stone blocks weighing thousands of pounds and no heavy equipment. The ancient Egyptians accomplished this job and more. Explore what makes ancient Egypt stand out as one of historys greatest civilizations, from its powerful pharaohs to its many inventions.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
This brief history of ancient Egypt begins with archeologist Howard Carter's 1922 discovery of King Tutankhamen's tomb, an important discovery because its intact mummy and grave goods offered valuable information about the civilization's beliefs. In fact, the tomb contained so many treasures that it took scientists ten years to record them all. The second chapter of the book moves back to the earliest known use of the fertile lands along the Nile for farming and raising animals. Two kingdoms developed in this region: Upper Egypt in the south and Lower Egypt in the north. Around 3100 King Narmer of Upper Egypt conquered Lower Egypt and turned the two into a single kingdom. The third chapter highlights some of the more than thirty dynasties that ruled ancient Egypt from the Early Dynastic Period (about 3100-2600 BC) through the Old Kingdom (about 2600-2200 BC). During these dynasties, large irrigation systems and hieroglyphic writing came into use. In the Third Dynasty, an architect named Imhotep built the Step Pyramid as a tomb for King Djoser, and later Egyptians went on to build many more pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Giza around 2560 BC. The fourth chapter begins with the Sixth Dynasty and skims the strengths and weaknesses of Egypt from that point until the end of the New Kingdom in 1070 BC. The final chapter mentions that Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 BC, initiating rule by Macedonian Greeks for over three hundred years until the Romans defeated them in 30 BC and incorporated Egypt into the Roman Empire. The rest of the chapter offers a little more detail about the construction of the pyramids and contents of the kings' tombs, the discovery of the meaning of the hieroglyphs through the Rosetta Stone, the preservation of the dead as mummies, and Egyptian use of calendar records. The text is well illustrated with color pictures and photographs. Frequent boxes with definitions and additional facts add to the information. The text is followed by a two-page timeline, a ten-item glossary, three references for further reading, a FactHound link to appropriate Internet sites, and an index. The book is part of the "Fact Finders: Great Civilizations" series. Reviewer: Judy DaPolito
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Four sequential chapters outlining the history of each civilization are introduced by a "you-are-there" anecdote: a chariot race at the Olympic Games, the opening of King Tut's tomb, a caravan traveling the Silk Road. Short sections, informative captions, fact boxes, and highlighted definitions offer readers a variety of access points. Illustrations are from a variety of sources and eras, and photographs of objects and sites give readers an idea of what has endured from each ancient culture.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429668309
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Series: Great Civilizations Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 965,529
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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