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By Ian Shaw

The traditional Egyptians are an everlasting resource of fascination--mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations. all of us have a psychological photograph of historic Egypt, yet is it the fitting one? How a lot will we quite find out about this as soon as nice civilization?

In this soaking up advent, Ian Shaw, one of many ideal professionals on old Egypt, describes how our present principles approximately Egypt are established not just at the exciting discoveries made by way of early Egyptologists but in addition on attention-grabbing new varieties of facts produced through smooth medical and linguistic analyses. He additionally explores the altering affects on our responses to those unearths, by way of analyzing the effect of Egyptology on a variety of elements of pop culture resembling literature, cinema, opera, and modern paintings. He considers all points of old Egyptian tradition, from tombs and mummies to the invention of artifacts and the decipherment of hieroglyphs, and from despotic pharaohs to animal-headed gods. From the overall reader drawn to old Egypt, to scholars and lecturers of historic heritage and archaeology, to museum-goers, this Very brief advent won't disappoint.

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