A History of Ancient Egypt : From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

A History of Ancient Egypt : From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

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In this engaging and ambitious work, John Romer aims to refocus the gaze of the non-specialist away from the Pharaonic period (about which there are any number of popular histories) onto the Neolithic, and the growth of a centralised Egyptian state. He traces fifteen hundred years of development, from the emergence of farming communities along the route of the Nile to the creation of the sophisticated administrative, transport and supply systems which allowed the construction of the Great Pyramid. His approach is avowedly archaeological, aiming to get away from the priviledging of textual court-focused history, and stressing the role and lives of the ordinary peoples of Egypt.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2013
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250030115
1250030110
Branch Call Number: 932 ROMER

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May 22, 2018

A very readable and accessible book. There are numerous drawings of artifacts and many maps (the most interesting map, to me, was on page 236, showing where various minerals were available). The author is excellent at sticking to the archeology and making inferences from it and contrasting his take on the early history roughly 6000 BC to 2500 BC from the accounts of previous historians. About half the book is taken up explaining pre-pharonic history by telling the reader what archeologists have discovered in the last 110 years. I was most surprised just how peaceful Egyptian (well, Naqadian) society was prior to Narmer. He is also unembarrassed about ignorance about a whole host of topics.

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jsgilliland54
Jun 28, 2017

A very readable book that I enjoyed quite a bit. This book is devoted almost entirely to the pre-history of ancient Egypt, ending with the building of Khufu's Great Pyramid at Giza.

I am looking forward to reading the recently released 2nd volume of this series.

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