A vivid view of life in ancient Egypt. More than 5,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians founded one of the world's oldest civilizations. We know of its pyramids, art, and pharaohs. But what was life really like then? Ordinary citizens in ancient Egypt lived and worked in much the same ways as the average European of the eighteenth century, but ate better, had more practical clothing and lived more comfortably, in houses with patios, latrines, and cooling systems. Through deep investigative research, the authors explore the social and material existence in ancient Egypt-from what people ate and drank to how they worked, lived, played, and prayed. Features color and black-and-white images throughout, along with maps.
About the Author
Bob Brier is senior research fellow at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Recognized as one of the foremost experts on mummies in the world, he conducts pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world's most famous mummies, including King Tut, Vladimir Lenin, and Ramses the Great. Brier has also studied pyramids and tombs in over 15 countries and has hosted award-winning television specials for TLC. He is the author of over 100 articles and many books, including The Encyclopedia of Mummies (Facts on File) and The Murder of Tutankhamen (Penguin). He lives in Long Island, NY.
A. Hoyt Hobbs is professor of philosophy at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University. He is author of Fielding's Complete Guide to Egypt and A Complete Guide to Egypt and the Archaeological Sites (both HarperCollins).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am a high school sophomore and I chose this book for my research project. I knew very little about Ancient Egypt, however this book answered most of my questions. The authors have strong and depending information about Ancient Egypt and their interesting culture. The authors would get side tracked by telling the readers stories about Egyptian Gods. These stories are very interesting, however I just wanted to know more about Cleopatra and Tutankhamen. Brier and Hobbs both put hard work into this book because they included detailed information and pictures that described the stories to the readers. The book went into a lot of details when it came to how Egyptians built homes and the way their mummification system started and ended. This book had a lot of specific information that it felt that you were there in Egypt experiencing the lifestyles of the Egyptians. The book contained stories and myths about the gods and the Egyptian people. This book is a very helpful source and I recommend it.
If you ever wanted to know one simple thing about Ancient Egypt this book is everything you need and more! An informative and fun read about a wise culture nearly forgotten.