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Life Under the Pharaohs

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This book, written by one the masters of popular history, is for the interested amateur and reconstructs every day life in the Egypt of 1500 BCE. The central character, a real person whose tomb still exists, is Vizier Rekhmire. You meet with him and go with him on his official duties. This absorbing and entertaining book takes the reader on a fascinating tour of the world ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Sutton Publishing (first published January 1st 1964)
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Catherine Oughtibridge
Mixing a historical account with fictional scenes this book brings to life the Vizier Rekhmire, who was the highest official in the court of King Tutmosis III, and his family. It is based on archaeological evidence predominantly in the tomb of Rekhmire, found in the Theban necropolis. The author does well to separate different sections of daily life into chapters that are easily read separately but have the same characters flowing through them.

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Vicki Cline
Nov 24, 2016 Vicki Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: ancient-history
This book describes various aspects of life in Egypt around 1500 BC - houses and furniture, school, the army, medicine, commerce. Interspersed between the narrative about the different subjects is a story about a particular family, that of the Vizier Rekhmire, a real person we know about from the decorations on the walls of his tomb. I liked the personal aspects of the story; it made the non-fiction parts much more interesting.
Lucinda
Nov 28, 2015 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was actually pretty easy to read, the only chapter I skimmed was the one on houses/furniture...
The author obviously likes his subject and wants other people to like it too.
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Leonard Eric Cottrell was a prolific and popular British author and journalist. The majority of his books were popularizations of the archaeology of ancient Egypt.
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