Egypt: How a Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered / Edition 1

Egypt: How a Lost Civilization Was Rediscovered / Edition 1

by Joyce Tyldesley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520250206

ISBN-13: 9780520250208

Pub. Date: 09/18/2006

Publisher: University of California Press

Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in the late eighteenth century sparked a global fascination with ancient Egyptian culture that remains undiminished to this day. This book, written by leading author and archaeologist Joyce Tyldesley, tells the full story of the discoveries of treasures that had lain completely hidden and undisturbed for nearly two thousand years.

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Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in the late eighteenth century sparked a global fascination with ancient Egyptian culture that remains undiminished to this day. This book, written by leading author and archaeologist Joyce Tyldesley, tells the full story of the discoveries of treasures that had lain completely hidden and undisturbed for nearly two thousand years. Tyldesley follows in the footsteps of real-life
Indiana Joneses in their quest for the splendid monuments, tombs, and artifacts that have unlocked many of the secrets of this mesmerizing civilization. Crafting a riveting chronicle of historical intrigue and intrepid personalities, the author relates the beginnings of Egyptology, leading the reader from the nail-biting race to crack the code of ancient hieroglyphics to the heart-stopping moment when Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen’s burial chamber.

Egypt introduces the collectors, explorers, and archaeologists who have come to dominate the story of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt. Among these is Giovanni Belzoni, a circus strongman and diehard adventurer who uncovered many of the works of the greatest pharaoh of them all, Rameses II. Tyldesley describes the larger-than-life personalities and spectacular finds of characters such as Jean-François Champollion, Amelia Edwards, and Flinders Petrie. She delves into Howard Carter's dramatic discovery of the golden treasures lying deep in the burial chamber of the boy king Tutankhamen. Illustrated with full-color photographs, Egypt captures the excitement of these gripping adventures stories while highlighting the magnificence of the artifacts that were their object.

Copub: BBC Books

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250208
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/18/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
978,296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1The explorers
Ch. 1The first Egyptologists21
Ch. 2A rediscovered land36
Ch. 3Decoding the stones53
Pt. 2The collectors
Ch. 4The great Belzoni69
Ch. 5The treasure seekers88
Ch. 6The pyramidologists106
Pt. 3The archaeologists
Ch. 7Protecting the monuments119
Ch. 8Flinders petrie : father of pots139
Ch. 9The valley of the kings166
Ch. 10Wonderful things183
Pt. 4The scientists
Ch. 11Outside the valley213
Ch. 12Egyptology today230

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