The Ancient Egyptian World / Edition 1

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Overview


Taking readers back 4,000 years, to the fertile land around the Nile River, The Ancient Egyptian World tells the stories of the kings, queens, pharaohs, gods, tomb builders, and ordinary citizens who lived there. Using papyri, scarabs, tomb inscriptions, mummies, and a rich variety of other primary sources, Eric H. Cline and Jill Rubalcaba uncover the fascinating history of ancient Egypt. Scarabs, which scholars call "imperial news bulletins," record important moments in a pharaoh's reign.

The Edwin Smith Papyrus details the injuries sustained by the builders of the great pyramids, and the remedies used to treat them. For a worker who has had a stone fall on his head, it suggests: "bind it with fresh meat . . . and treat afterward with grease, honey and lint." A complex recipe for a top-of-the-line mummy describes a process that could take 70 days and involved drawing the brain out through the nose with a crooked piece of iron.

These primary sources also tell the stories of the people of ancient Egypt: Pepi II, the six-year-old boy king who commanded armies; Ramesses II, whose mortuary temple boasts of his expertise in battle against the Hittites; Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman to rule Egypt as pharaoh; and Cleopatra, who courted Roman statesman Mark Antony as part of her quest to extend the Egyptian empire. The Ancient Egyptian World honors the history of a civilization whose monuments and tombs still capture the imagination of the world thousands of years later.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-10-This book offers chronologically arranged chapters, each of which addresses an important topic in ancient Egyptian culture or history. Geography, religion, the intersection of medicine and magic, fashion and clothing, the arts, and other subjects are explored. Narmer, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamen, Ramesses II, and Cleopatra are among the prominent personalities profiled. The volume is distinguished by its profuse quotations from ancient monuments and ancient authors. Another plus is its broad scope, reaching from the earliest pre-pyramid dynasties through to the conquest of Egypt by Rome. The mostly color photographs are plentiful and, in all but a few cases, sharp. They are supplemented with newly created maps featuring clean lines but relatively few labeled locations. The inviting and informal narrative tone, sometimes employing the second person, seems occasionally too cute for its own good, though most readers are likely to enjoy it. Complexities of archaeology and the unraveling and reassembling of information are, to be sure, simplified, but there is a lengthy list of suggested titles for students who want to know more. The self-contained nature of the chapters also makes this an accessible resource for reports. Overall, this is a fine replacement for older materials.-Coop Renner, Hillside Elementary, El Paso, TX Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195173918
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2005
  • Series: World in Ancient Times Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 658,940
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric H. Cline is Associate Professor of Classics and Chair of the Department of Classical and Semitic Languages and Literatures at The George Washington University.

Jill Rubalcaba began her working life as a college- and high-school mathematics teacher, all the while continuing to go to school to study more math, writing, and business. Later she worked as an engineer on the Patriot Missile. Ms. Rubalcaba is grateful to her children, Kelly and Dan, for showing her the joys of writing for children. Jill Rubalcaba is the author of several books for young adults, including The Wadjet Eye, Place in the Sun, and The Early Human World.

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