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Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs
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Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs

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by Bob Brier
 

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ISBN-10: 1137278609

ISBN-13: 9781137278609

Pub. Date: 11/12/2013

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans. Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies were worshipping Isis and wearing vials of Nile water around their necks. What is it about ancient Egypt that breeds such obsession and imitation?

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The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans. Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies were worshipping Isis and wearing vials of Nile water around their necks. What is it about ancient Egypt that breeds such obsession and imitation? Egyptomania explores the burning fascination with all things Egyptian and the events that fanned the flames--from ancient times, to Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, to the Discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter in the 1920s. For forty years, Bob Brier, one of the world's foremost Egyptologists, has been amassing one of the largest collections of Egyptian memorabilia and seeking to understand the pull of ancient Egypt on our world today. In this original and groundbreaking book, with twenty-four pages of color photos from the author's collection, he explores our three-thousand-year-old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning. He traces our enthrallment with the mummies that seem to have cheated death and the pyramids that seem as if they will last forever. Drawing on his personal collection — from Napoleon's twenty-volume Egypt encyclopedia to Howard Carter's letters written from the Valley of the Kings as he was excavating — this is an inventive and mesmerizing tour of how an ancient civilization endures in ours today.

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ISBN-13:
9781137278609
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/12/2013
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
566,945
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Zahi Hawass xi

1 Birth of a Collection 1

2 Rome and the Birth of Egyptomania 19

3 Napoleon on the Nile 43

4 How an Obelisk and a Canal Conquered France 69

5 The Amazing Voyage of Cleopatra's Needle 81

6 Egypt for Sale: Victorian Egyptomania 101

7 New York Gets Its Obelisk 111

8 The Mummies Sing Songs of the Nile 151

9 Tutankhamen, Superstar 161

10 The Mummy Goes to the Movies 179

11 The Future of Egyptomania 193

Notes 205

Bibliography 209

Index 225

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Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BwanaPapyrus More than 1 year ago
Egyptomania rises again and again in history like some mummies that never die. Europe gorged itself on the wave of discoveries made in Napoleon's time and again when King Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered. All this makes for a most readable and informative book by the master mummy unwrapper, Bob Brier, in real life a serious and dedicated Egyptologist, who obviously had great fun writing this book.  Bob Brier tells us all the secrets involved in the evolution of this craziness and provides some great color photos of the range of decorations. Our fascination with ancient Egypt pops up in the strangest places, souvenirs, films, plays, operas, candy, cigarettes, ashtrays, cigar boxes and most spectacular of all the Egyptian obelisks that transformed Place de la Concorde, and provide panache to special places in Central Park and the Thames Embankment.