Ancient Egypt: Moments in History

Ancient Egypt: Moments in History

by Shirley Jordan
     
 

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It has been thousands of years since the ancient Egyptians lived. Yet we know much about them. One reason is the very dry climate in which they lived. Furniture, drawings, and written materials have been preserved under the dry sand of the Nile desert. Paintings on the walls of tombs and pyramids portrayed scenes of everyday life. The belief in life after death also… See more details below

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It has been thousands of years since the ancient Egyptians lived. Yet we know much about them. One reason is the very dry climate in which they lived. Furniture, drawings, and written materials have been preserved under the dry sand of the Nile desert. Paintings on the walls of tombs and pyramids portrayed scenes of everyday life. The belief in life after death also contributed to what we now know. This belief caused people to fill burial chambers with things they thought they might need in the new life. So tables, chairs, statues, tools, and weapons were preserved. Many of the things buried were later stolen. But some remained until modern times. From them, historians learned much about Egyptian life.

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Children's Literature - Emily Schuster
Did you know that the ancient Egyptians dyed their hair to cover up gray and their language had a word for "woman scribe?" Did you know that among rich Egyptians, a party guest was only being polite if he ate until he felt sick? The author of this book delights in uncovering little details that show us how amazingly different (and startlingly similar) life was in an ancient civilization. She makes history personal, by inviting readers to imagine what their lives would have been like at each level of Egyptian society, from royalty to slavery. Reproductions of ancient Egyptian artwork show scenes of everyday life through the eyes of the Egyptian artists themselves. Stories of fictional Egyptian children make readers feel like they are discovering the society firsthand. For example, we get to learn about embalming through the eyes of a young boy learning the trade from his father. Unfortunately, the transitions into some of these narratives are a bit jarring, as are the author's frequent use of sentence fragments. Still, with its wonderful details and personal tone, this book is a standout.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780789999
Publisher:
Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Series:
Cover-to-Cover Informational Bks.
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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