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Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs

Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs

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By (author) Robert (Bob) M. Brier

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 238mm x 30mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 12 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 1137278609
  • ISBN 13: 9781137278609
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (some colour)
  • Sales rank: 128,671

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The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans. Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies were worshipping Isis and wearing vials of Nile water around their necks. What is it about ancient Egypt that breeds such obsession and imitation? Egyptomania explores the burning fascination with all things Egyptian and the events that fanned the flames - from ancient times, to Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, to the Discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter in the 1920s. For forty years, Bob Brier, one of the world's foremost Egyptologists, has been amassing one of the largest collections of Egyptian memorabiliaand seeking to understand the pull of ancient Egypt on our world today. In this original and groundbreaking book, with twenty-four pages of color photos from the author's collection, he explores our three-thousand-year-old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning. He traces our enthrallment with the mummies that seem to have cheated death and the pyramids that seem as if they will last forever. Drawing on his personal collection - from Napoleon's twenty-volume Egypt encyclopediato Howard Carter's letters written from the Valley of the Kings as he was excavating - this is an inventive and mesmerizing tour of how an ancient civilization endures in ours today.

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Author information

Bob Brier, known as Mr. Mummy,is a Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/LIU Postandthe author of eight books, including The Murder of Tutankhamen.He has conducted pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world's most famous mummies, including King Tut, Lenin, Ramses the Great, Evita, and the Medici family of Renaissance Italy. He has conducted research in pyramids and tombs in 15 countries and was the host of several award-winning television specials for TLC, including the blockbuster series Pyramids, Mummies & Tombs and Mummy Detective. In 2010 National Geographic TV presented his documentary "Secret of the Great Pyramid." A contributing editor to Archaeology Magazine, he also writes articles for many other magazines, including Smithsonian, and KMT. He lives in the Bronx, NY.

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'The author presents solid information in this publication... Dr. Brier's examination of ancient Egypt is brought to the readers through the contemporary cultural influence it has on the modern world,especially as the next great discovery or Hollywood sensation is likely to start the flame of passion in future generations and cast them under the spell of Egypt-Omania.' - The Egyptians blog 'Starting from the Roman infatuation with Cleopatra to Napoleon's desire to document everything about the exotic land to Hollywood blockbusters..., Brier chronicles centuries of Egyptomania in an accessible, entertaining narrative that never becomes too dry for a reader to follow. Obelisk-envy, international politics, psychology and the mania generated by the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb all appear, broken into readable chunks by amusing subheadings and illustrations. It's enjoyable and informative - everything one could want from a history book. 9/10.' - Press Association BBC History magazine gallery features Bob's Egyptomania collection - http://www.historyextra.com/gallery/egyptomania "The book contains numerous pictures of pieces from the author's collection, some of them highly entertaining. It is this popular fascination with pyramids and Pharaohs that Brier refers to as Egyptomania... an accessible read.' - LSE Review of Books blog

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Rome and the Birth of Egyptomania. Chapter 2: Bonaparte Discovers Ancient Egypt Chapter 3: How an Obelisk and a Canal Conquered France Chapter 4: England Comes on Board Chapter 5: Egyptomania, American Style Chapter 6: The Mummies Sing Chapter 7: Tutmania Chapter 8: The Mummy Moves! Egyptomania at the Cinema Chapter 9: Madison Avenue Meets Ancient Egypt. Chapter 10: From Death on the Nile to Donald Duck meets the Mummy. Chapter 11: Egyptomania Today. Does Ancient Egypt Have a Future?