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The Egyptians (Ancient Civilizations)
The twin themes - the overwhelming importance of the Nile and the pharaoh - provide the unifying thread running through Cyril Aldred's classic text. Aidan Dodson has completely revised the book whilst carefully preserving its succinct and lucid qualities.
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Mar 20, 2012 Sara rated it liked it
Originally published in 1961, this third edition was edited and augmented by Aidan Dodson and released in 1998. I do not know if it is typical in archaeological and ancient historical works for old books to be reissued with a little updating, but it's strange for other kinds of history books. Usually the date of a work provides a good indication of its relevance. Academic theories, methods and pet ideas change with some rapidity. So I prepared myself for something relatively fusty. The Egyptians ...more
An extensively revised and updated third edition of Cyril Aldred's classic work, the Egyptians will appeal to a literate person with a genuine interest in Ancient Egypt on a very detailed and comprehensive level. This book is not for the faint of heart or indolent. The discussion of prehistoric Egypt in this book owes much to Aidan Dodson, revision and editing. The discussion of the Pharoah Hathsheptut is particularly valuable as it summarizes briefly and authoritatively what recent authors have ...more
This is a nice update to a classic book on ancient Egypt. It is a good book to get a basic background in the geography, archeology, and history of ancient Egypt from the earliest settlements to Alexander. It includes a complete king-list that is very valuable. It is easy to read and has lots of nice color and black and white plates.
Cyril Aldred was a British Egyptologist, art historian and author. He also served as the Keeper of Art and Archaeology for the Royal Scottish Museum.More about Cyril Aldred...
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