Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
TELL ME MORE
The Legacy of Ancient Egypt (Hardback)
  • The Legacy of Ancient Egypt (Hardback)
zoom

The Legacy of Ancient Egypt (Hardback)

(author), (author)
£40.50
Hardback Published: 02/08/2013
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
To its neighbors, Egypt was a land of "gold as plentiful as dust" - a kingdom to be admired and envied, but too powerful to be taken. Other kingdoms rose and fell; Egypt endured. To the early Greeks - who arrived late in Egypt's long history - it was the home of an almost unimaginably ancient written language and equally ancient, mysterious religious traditions that were rumored to hold the secrets of the gods. To the Romans, Egypt was the granary that fed their empire, and a source of strange gods and exotic objects that fascinated everyone from slave to emperor. Only the Arabs, who arrived nearly 1,000 years after the fall of the last Egyptian dynasty, found a nearly clean slate on which to inscribe their history with little reference to the old. Over the course of the last 400 years, our picture of the land of the pharaohs has been built up piece by piece, leaving plenty of gaps for the imagination to fill in. Paradoxically, in the twentieth century - when most of Egypt's past has finally been well documented - the more familiar and everyday it becomes, the more there is a desire to cling to the exotic, the mysterious, the impenetrable. This comprehensive and lavishly illustrated book unwraps the layered shroud of history to reveal both Egypts: the real land of kings and queens, officials and craftsmen, archaeologists and tomb-robbers; and the Egypt of the imagination, which has had a hold on Western culture since its origins in classical Greece - a hold that shows no sign of diminishing.

Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
ISBN: 9780816036561
Weight: 1352 g
Dimensions: 307 x 241 x 23 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Histories
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The First Ladies of Rome
Added to basket
The Spartans
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Christians and the Fall of Rome
Added to basket
The Inheritance of Rome
Added to basket
A History of Ancient Britain
Added to basket
Alexander the Great
Added to basket
The Conquest of Gaul
Added to basket
Boudica
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Babylon
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
The Egyptian Myths
Added to basket
A History of Ancient Egypt
Added to basket
Caesar
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The Twelve Caesars
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.