Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians

Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians

Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians

Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians

Synopsis

Explore the daily lives of ancient Egyptians in this exciting new update of one of the most successful Daily Life titles. Through reconstructions based on the hieroglyphic inscriptions, paintings from tombs, and scenes from temple walls, readers can examine social and material existence in one of the world's oldest civilizations. Narrative chapters explore the preparation of food and drink, religious ceremonies and cosmology, work and play, the arts, military domination, and intellectual accomplishments. With material garnered from recent excavations and research, including new content on construction, pyramid building, ship building, and metallurgy, this up-to-date volume caters to the ever-evolving needs of today's readers. A timeline, an extensive "research center" bibliography, and over 20 new photos make this a must-have reference source for modern students of ancient history.

Excerpt

Ancient Egypt compiled a stunning list of accomplishments. Its Karnak Temple has never been surpassed in size by any later place of worship, and the Great Pyramid, with a north-south orientation as precise as the most modern surveying instruments could achieve, is still the most massive building ever raised by humankind. The massiveness and precision of its buildings compare favorably with the accomplishments of technological societies almost 5,000 years later. Its form of government, although radically different from modern societies, was sufficiently solid that it sustained the civilization for almost 3,000 years, a record unlikely to ever be broken, and it was comparable in sophistication, complexity and efficiency to the Chinese empire that developed two millennia later. Ordinary citizens in ancient Egypt lived and worked in much the same ways as the average European of the eighteenth century, more than 4,000 years later, but ate better and enjoyed more variety in their food. Their clothing was eminently practical (sandals sold in our department stores still copy ancient Egyptian styles) but could also be as intricate and glamorous as the most stylish modern gown. In architecture, ancient Egyptians invented the column, houses with patios, latrines and the first “air-conditioning” by using roof scoops to circulate breezes through their homes. Their art had no competition for at least 2,500 years, and ancient Egyptian carpenters . . .

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