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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 photo of old Egypt, yet is it the proper one? How a lot can we rather learn about this as soon as nice civilization?

In this soaking up advent, Ian Shaw, one of many most popular specialists on historical Egypt, describes how our present principles approximately Egypt are established not just at the exciting discoveries made by means of early Egyptologists but additionally on interesting new forms of facts produced by means of glossy clinical and linguistic analyses. He additionally explores the altering impacts on our responses to those reveals, by way of reading the impression of Egyptology on quite a few elements of pop culture similar to literature, cinema, opera, and modern artwork. 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 final reader attracted to historical Egypt, to scholars and academics of old heritage and archaeology, to museum-goers, this Very brief Introduction won't disappoint.

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