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By Ian Shaw

The traditional Egyptians are a permanent resource of fascination--mummies and pyramids, curses and rituals have captured our imaginations for generations. all of us have a psychological photo of historical Egypt, yet is it the ideal one? How a lot can we rather find out about this as soon as nice civilization?

In this soaking up advent, Ian Shaw, one of many most popular gurus on old Egypt, describes how our present rules approximately Egypt are established not just at the exciting discoveries made by way of early Egyptologists but additionally on interesting new forms of facts produced via sleek clinical and linguistic analyses. He additionally explores the altering affects on our responses to those reveals, by way of reading the influence of Egyptology on a number of elements of pop culture corresponding to literature, cinema, opera, and modern artwork. He considers all facets of historic 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 attracted to historic Egypt, to scholars and academics of historical heritage and archaeology, to museum-goers, this Very brief Introduction won't disappoint.

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