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Egyptomaniacs: How We Became Obsessed with Ancient Egypt

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The Greek historian Hecataeus of Abdera declared during the 4th century BCE that the Egyptian civilization was unsurpassed in the arts and in good governance, surpassing even that of the Greeks. During the Renaissance, several ecclesiastical nobles, including the Borgia Pope Alexander VI claimed their descent from the Egyptian god Osiris. In the 1920s, the discovery of Tut ...more
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Published November 11th 2020 by Pen and Sword History
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

Ever since I was a kid, I was obsessed with Egypt. I found it absolutely fascinating. Don't remember how or why I got so interested, but I did. Seeing this book available on Netgalley made me request it immediately because I knew I'd love it. It takes you through the history of our obsession with Egypt and all the things currently going on. I especially loved the chapter on Ancient Aliens and the author's rebuttle to pseudoarch
I received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Since childhood there were two things that could always catch my interest and ignite passion: dinosaurs and Ancient Egypt. In fact, I wanted to be a paleontologist or Egyptologist, if possible both. I ended up being an art historian for East Asian art but my love for both topics never vanished. So when I saw this book on Netgalley, I had to request it and luckily, my wish was granted.
I’ve always asked myself why
Eule Luftschloss
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This book is all about reception of Ancient Egypt culture - starting from contemporaries like the Greeks and Romans to what we find today in politics and media, looking for the source of the wests ongoing fascination with it.

Since I am studying egyptology, some parts of this, and especially the history of Ancient Egypt and egyptology, were already known to me. But even in those areas, the author managed
Kelly Hodgkins
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For the longest time, I have enjoyed a fascination with Egypt. It may have started as a child, hearing Bible songs about asking Pharaoh to let the People go! Pyramids and camels may added to the appeal! Ancient Egypt is a mystical period in history full of unknowns and unreadable language. My love of art history and English filled me in on the confusing Roman and Persian periods with the Greeks mixed in! And then I discovered murder mystery novels set at the rise of British interest in Egypt and ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've always been interested in the history of archaeology, so it seemed likely that Egyptomaniacs would be an ideal non-fiction book for me and I'm glad to say that turned out to be the case.

It's all about Egypt, as the title suggests, looking at how Egypt has been perceived by a wide variety of historians through from ancient times to the modern day, as well as how it has been portrayed in the media (focussing on either Cleopatra or rampaging mummies, for the most part). It finishes off with a
Rebecca Hill
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love Egyptian history? Think you know it all? THINK AGAIN! This book was a fabulous read on Egypt and a lot of the misconceptions that we have built over time. If I was to break it all down, this review might never end!
I have loved Egyptian history for years. I found a book on Cleopatra when I was in 4th grade, and it has been a rabbit hole for me ever since! From Ramses II, to lost cities, the lost tomb of Alexander the Great, the mystery of the Sphinx, pyramids... well the list goes on!

Dr. Nie
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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There's no doubt about it: We ARE obsessed with Ancient Egypt! "Egyptomaniacs", for me, has made that obsession grow. This is a clearly written book that was a pleasure to read. I suspect it feels like a much "lighter" read than it actually is, as I seem to have come away knowing a lot more than I did -
without feeling like my head has been packed full. I still can't pinpoint exactly what it was that sparked my imagination and kept the embers burning, but I think that might be the point. This is
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Well-written and very readable. Egyptomaniacs is a fascinating and well-argued look at "How we became obsessed with Ancient Egypt." Written in two parts (part one - Investigating Ancient Egypt; part two - Inventing Ancient Egypt), the book explores the emotions, perceptions, and beliefs about Egypt (as the author clearly states in the prologue). I really enjoyed this book and, more importantly, am better informed about Ancient Egypt.

Thanks to NetGalley and Pen & Sword for sending me a copy for r
Dale Dewitt
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I felt that Dr Nielsen gave wonderful walk through the history of the wests obsession with ancient Egypt. Looking at the Egyptian culture as the ultimate "other" also shined light on how the west also looks at cultures and picks and chooses what it wants to believe. The book was an easy and fun read and not too overly scholarly for the casual historian like myself
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think it's the perfect book for anyone who's interested with Ancient Egypt and want to learn about the history of this fascination.
It's well written, well researched, interesting and informative.
It's highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
R.J. Southworth
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a very interesting and insightful look at how ancient Egypt has featured in the cultures of the rest of the world, from tourism to mummy movies to conspiracy theories about the pyramids, all presented in a very readable style.
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Nicky Nielsen is Lecturer in Online Egyptology at the University of Manchester, teaching on the Certificate, Diploma, Short Courses and MA Egyptology programmes. Originally from Denmark, Nicky was awarded an AHRC Block Grant to undertake PhD research at the University of Liverpool investigating subsistence strategies and craft production at the Ramesside fortress site of Zawiyet Umm el-Rakham. He ...more

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