Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt
An eye-opening, edifying, and endlessly entertaining tour through an astonishing bygone world the acclaimed classic history of ancient Egypt, now newly revised and updated
Writing as Elizabeth Peters, world-renowned Egyptologist Barbara Mertz is the author of the phenomenally popular New York Times bestselling mystery series featuring archaeologist Amelia Peabody. In Templ...more
This is a book very much about the Egypt of the (dynastic) pharaohs, so if you want detailed information about the Greco-Roman period and it's personalities, it's best to look elsewher...more
Firstly I must admit that I am not an expert on this subject. I learnt the basic stuff at High School and that's about it. My interest was sparked in Ancient Egypt after taking my daughter to watch 'The Mummy' and subsequently reading Bob Brier's book 'The Murder of Tutankhamen'.
As it has been previously noted by other reviewer's this book is somewhat dated (orginally published in 1964) but that does not detract from the wonderful narrative that the author weaves around the Pharaohs and their p...more
- Barbara Mertz was a wonderful historian who penned the excellent Amelia Peabody mystery series under the name of Elizabeth Peters. I only mention this because I had no idea who Barbara Mertz was when I was checking the book out of the library. It's a small world indeed.
- I really enjoyed her narrative. Barbara had a certain spunk that made her writing very approachable and just plain entertaining. The historical figures in this book are vibrant individu...more
Listening to this book is a lot like having a class taught by a fun, albeit eccentric, professor. I have no idea what Barbara Mertz looks like, but I have decided to cast her as Professor Sprout only with more scarves...more
Mertz warns at the beginning that this is not a text nor a complete history. She says it is an collection material that she finds interesting. The first part was a l...more
Blown away by the breezy, humorous, and never dull narrative style with which Dr. Mertz takes us through what is a scholarly sound but personal roller coaster ride through the civilizations of the lower Nile River from 5000 B.C. to around 30 B.C. Found myself sobbing by the end of her last sentence (nothing to do with the lunar cycle being close mind you since the Egyptian's in...more
Publishers used to describe this type of book as one 'written for the intelligent reader', and this is exactly what the updated, revised edition of Barbara Mertz's book is. For people without a history degree in Egyptology, but an interest in learning about those fascinating people, Ms Mertz's cheerful, chatty and thoroughly knowledgeable writing style is perfect. She takes the reader through the long history of Egypt's Dynasties, examining the scholarly differences of opinion, talking about per...more
Mertz is able to put all those pharaohs you've heard about, but don't really know, into historical context. You'll be able to tell your Djosers from your Ramses from your Tutankhamons, with a healthy dose of Hatshepsut besides.
Entertaining and informative.
loved the book and definitely enjoyed yet i would recommend it to people that need to know more about the pharaohs without babblis...more
This book encompassed Egypt's history from stone age settlement up until it demise in Cleopatra's reign. The book has conversational style that makes it a breezy read.
We learn (almost) every ancient kings from the good king Snefru, the queen Hatshepsut, the warrior king Thutmose III, the heretic king Akheneton and many more. Barbara Mertz' love of the subject shone through and she brings it to life.
Wonderful read for anyone who h...more