Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids

Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids

By (author) Guillemette Andreu , Translated by David Lorton

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The Golden Age of Ancient Egypt comes alive as Guillemette Andreu re-creates the details of daily life. Construction sites team with workers building the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Administrators bustle to and fro, handling their assignments from the pharaoh's court. Scribes train themselves to draft a variety of letters. Andreu describes the Egyptians as they spend a day in the marshes with family and friends. They glide on light skiffs through the papyrus plants, stopping occasionally to marvel at the marsh creatures: frogs, butterflies, kingfishers, ibises, herons, lapwings, weasels, and mongooses. Because the marshes also shelter crocodiles and hippopotamuses, the day is not without its perils. In her vivid representation of Egyptian life, Andreu makes use of letters from family archives, full of household instructions from travelers and nostalgic greetings from grown children living away from their parents. The principal source of evidence for Egyptian life styles between 2650 and 1750 B.C. are the scenes carved or painted on the walls of tombs. Short hieroglyphic inscriptions accompany these images, recording what might have been said by the men and women pictured.

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 152.4 x 227.3 x 13.2mm | 272.16g
  • 01 May 1997
  • Cornell University Press
  • Ithaca
  • English
  • New edition
  • 1st New edition
  • 26
  • 0801483131
  • 9780801483134

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"Drawing on letters, artifacts, and hieroglyphic inscriptions, Andreu provides a vivid slice of everyday life in ancient Egypt. After a brief historical summary of the dynastic era (2700 1750 B.C.E.), the author concentrates on re-creating the daily lives and tasks of a host of Egyptians from a variety of backgrounds and social classes. Laborers, farmers, scholars, and artisans are all represented in an informative and evocative sociological survey. In addition, religious, political, and cultural activities and traditions are also outlined. An engaging introduction to the manner in which ordinary routines and sacred customs were practiced during one of ancient Egypt's golden ages." Booklist"

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The Golden Age of Ancient Egypt comes alive as Guillemette Andreu re-creates the details of daily life. Construction sites teem with workers building the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Administrators bustle to and fro, handling their assignments from the pharaoh's court. Scribes train themselves to draft a variety of letters.

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