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Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs by Barbara Mertz
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Jun 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: en, kindle, non-fiction
Read in June, 2012

A very nice introduction covering the history of Ancient Egypt up to the third intermediate period. The focus is more on the pharaonic history (rather than on, say, traditions, religion or hieroglyphs) but this probably makes the book more coherent and easy to follow. A few things are outdated (e.g., KV55 is now believed to be Akhenaton's tomb with all certainty) but since Mertz is very cautious when making assertions not yet widely accepted at her time it's ok. It might also be a good read for intelligent kids because it explains what makes a good theory, what methodology is available, what and why one can and cannot know.

The kindle version is not well-edited (no way to jump to the table of contents, unless you add a bookmark). Also, with a book like one wishes to go back a few pages, look up the chronology or a map which is really a hassle on kindle.

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