Embalming, the art that people had learned from the god Anubis, was the practical intervention that checked the ineluctable decomposition of the pharaoh’s body—a battle that had to be won, since the cosmic order itself depended on its successful outcome. This lavishly illustrated book acquaints the readers with both the physical procedures and the religious rites involved in preparing a royal corpse for eternity, allowing the regenerated body—transfigured and wrapped in linen bandages—to proceed along the paths fraught with danger that led to the Field of Reeds, the ancient Egyptian paradise. The modern discovery of the royal mummies is described, and the latest research on the mummies themselves is presented, including X-rays and CT scans, which help us to understand not only how particular pharaohs died out but also what ailments they may have suffered in life, and in some cases what the living person actually looked like.
The Royal Mummies
Immortality in Ancient Egypt
454 color illus.
For sale only in the Middle East
Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation
Aidan Dodson 19.95
Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-ReformationAidan Dodson
This new study, drawing on the latest research, tells the story of the decline and fall of the pharaoh Akhenaten’s religious revolution in the fourteenth century bc. Beginning at the regime’s high-point in his Year 12, it traces the subsequent collapse that saw the deaths of many of the king’s loved ones, his attempts to guarantee the revolution through co-rulers, and the last frenzied assault on the god Amun. The book then outlines the events of the subsequent five decades that saw the extinction of the royal line, an attempt to place a foreigner on Egypt’s throne, and the accession of three army officers in turn. Among its conclusions are that the mother of Tutankhamun was none other than Nefertiti, and that the queen was joint-pharaoh in turn with both her husband Akhenaten and her son. As such, she was herself instrumental in beginning the return to orthodoxy, undoing her erstwhile husband’s life-work before her own mysterious disappearance....read more
African Kingdoms on the Nile
Edited by Marjorie M. Fisher Peter Lacovara Salima Ikram Sue D’Auria Photographs by Chester Higgins Jr. Foreword by Zahi Hawass 50
African Kingdoms on the NileEdited by Marjorie M. Fisher
Photographs byChester Higgins Jr.
Foreword by Zahi Hawass
2012 American Publishers (PROSE) Awards winner for Best Archaeology & Anthropology Book
For most of the modern world, ancient Nubia seems an unknown and enigmatic land. Only a handful of archaeologists have studied its history or unearthed the Nubian cities, temples, and cemeteries that once dotted the landscape of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Nubia’s remote setting in the midst of an inhospitable desert, with access by river blocked by impassable rapids, has lent it not only an air of mystery, but also isolated it from exploration. Over the past century, particularly during this last generation, scholars have begun to focus more attention on the fascinating cultures of ancient Nubia, ironically prompted by the construction of large dams that have flooded vast tracts of the ancient land. This book attempts to document some of what has recently been discovered about ancient Nubia, with its remarkable history, architecture, and culture, and thereby to give us a picture of this rich, but unfamiliar, African legacy....read more
200 color illus.
Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs
A Practical Guide
Janice Kamrin Illustrations by Gustavo Camps 18.95
A Practical GuideJanice Kamrin
Illustrations byGustavo Camps
What do the enigmatic images on ancient Egyptian artifacts mean? What royal names adorn the walls of some of the world’s oldest temples? What kind of lives did the people buried in the ancient tombs lead? The keys to unlock this fascinating civilization lie within the glyphs of its sacred language. Appearing a little before 3,000 BC, Egyptian hieroglyphs were used for thousands of years to write names, label commodities, commemorate historical events, and convey complex stories. This definitive educational tool provides a systematic, step-by-step approach to learning ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, complete with fun and increasingly challenging exercises and easy-to-reference sign and word lists. By the end of chapter one, readers will begin to decipher simple inscriptions; after completing the entire book, they will be ready to tackle tomb and temple walls. While learning to decipher the language of the ancient Egyptians, readers will also learn about their history, social structure, and funerary beliefs. An invaluable resource, this book will appeal to amateur Egyptologists, as well as those looking to enhance their museum-going and travel experiences....read more
80 illus. incl. 37 in color
Egypt’s First Pharaohs and the Cult of Osiris
David O’Connor 24.95
Egypt’s First Pharaohs and the Cult of OsirisDavid O’Connor
As both the burial place of the first pharaohs and a cult center for the god Osiris, Abydos was of immense importance to the ancient Egyptians for thousands of years and continues to yield spectacular discoveries. However, no full analysis of the site has been written in the last thirty years. Here David O’Connor provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive account of the site’s extraordinary history, as well as telling the story of his own excavations there. O’Connor himself has made some of the most remarkable finds of recent years, including a royal burial consisting of a fleet of fourteen boats, buried far out in the desert. This beautifully illustrated and authoritative book fills a significant gap in the literature on ancient Egypt and will be of interest both to students and to anyone who ever wondered about the origins of one of the greatest civilizations in world history....read more
114 illus. incl. 11 color