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Ancient Egypt: Everyday Life in the Land of the Nile (Everyday Life)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Sterling
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Carolina Casas
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Detailed account of Egyptian history and its customs and changes through time, I give it three stars because the authors still have pre-conceived notions about Egypt that they wrestle with throughout the book but at the same time they dispel popular myths about like the Egypt being constructed by slaves -they specifically give evidence using contemporary accounts that speak of no such thing. Egypt was a strict theocracy, the pharaoh was obviously at the top and working for food and a place to ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A readable account of ancient Egypt by two authors with an obvious love for their subject. They describe the richness of Egypt's material culture, the lovely artwork, the fine linens, papyrus writings, and the incredible longevity of the ancient Egyptian culture -- 3,000 years. Because of the periodic flooding of the Nile, the Egyptians grew crops in the rich sediment left behind, and were some of the best-fed people in the ancient world, and had time for other pursuits beyond scrambling to find ...more
John Anthony Smith
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ancient Egypt was a very informative book that discussed different aspects of Egyptian life. I felt, although the book was very diverse in the different phases of Ancient Egyptian’s culture, that it did not live up to the subtitle that it would cover the ‘Every Day Life’ of the average Egyptian. The book was more about the elitist citizen. It however covered some areas of interest: weapons, food, clothing, makeup, wars, and other aspects. I enjoyed learning some nuances that other books I have ...more
Monica H at The Readathon
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I would say 3.5 stars. It was written more like a text book than I had hoped, but ended up being very informative and I enjoyed a lot of it. I found some of the topics, like government and warfare, uninteresting, but I know that my husband would love those chapters. I especially liked the chapters on arts and crafts, clothes and other adornments, work and play, and food. I really enjoyed reading about the building of the pyramids. This book is full of information and fun facts, and would be ...more
Sophie Gaft
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
As a complete newbie to Egyptology, this book was a really concise starting point.

I think if you are truly interested in the subject, then the straight-to-the-point, also text book like narrative will not be dull. I learned quite a lot, but I'll admit, at times there were so many pages dedicated to a subject I cared little about, and at other times, I felt like something could have been explained or delved into deeper.

My favorite quote from the book, which I didn't even know I needed in my
A solid survey of how Ancient Egyptians lived. Brier and Hobbs makes their way methodically through the timeline -- having lasted almost 3,000 years, it's necessary to get some bearings about the multiple dynasties that ruled during the course of this civilization -- and then religion, government, architecture, technology, then more personable topics like food, clothing, and the arts.

I'm not sure this book would win over someone new to the subject, or necessarily impress anyone who's already
Zachary Wagoner
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a great read. Many history books focus on the big events and the key players. This little gem focuses on what everyday life would have been like if you or I had been born in this ancient civilization. What would you do? What kind of work? Play? What did you eat? What did you wear? Well you'd probably have ate lots of bread and drank lots of beer. Yep, beer, which the ancient Egyptians are credited with inventing. Maybe you would have been a priest, a rather sweet gig in which you worked ...more
Hugo Leal
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was not what I expected. I didn't get much of an insight the Egyptian's way of life as the authors concentrated more on material things such as architecture, arts and technological developments rather than on people themselves. It's a good overview of Ancient Egyptian culture but I don't recommend it if you want to get an insight to daily life. For that, I recommend the book "Egypt in the age of the Pyramids" written by Guillemette Andreu: it's vivid, you really get an insight to the ...more
Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin
If one was looking to get a quick introduction to ancient Egypt you could do worse than this book. It covers daily life in aspects of Religion, Government and Society, Architecture, Technology, Clothing, Arts and crafts, etc. It has lists of Pharaohs and lists of important gods. It surveys diet, mathematics and burial customs as well. It would make a good reference for someone who would like to know a little more about ancient Egypt but has little background in it.
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting book in the series of Everyday Life of ancient civilizations. Egypt being among the first we are able to look at many topics in daily life religion to medicine and mathematics. The Egyptians seemed to be quite advanced in such ancient times and to this day the pyramids remain a mystery in many ways. Wars of course dominated these times and unfortunately never have seem to leave us.
Thomas Griffin
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Exceedingly dry, but densely packed with all the info I ever could have wanted about every single aspect of Egyptian life, from pyramids to medicine, religion, government, food and dress. This books is as good as it's name.
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Rowan faal Kodaav
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very very interesting and well written.
Daniel C. Fox
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good basis for my third book.
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Robert Brier (born December 13, 1943), also known as Mr. Mummy, is an American Egyptologist specializing in paleopathology. A Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/LIU Post, he has researched and published on mummies and the mummification process and has appeared in many Discovery Civilization documentaries, primarily on ancient Egypt.
Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Brier earned