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Dictionary of Ancient Egypt  

Wilkinson, T.
New York: Thames and Hudson, 2005. ISBN 0500051372.
This book distinguishes itself from the vast number of layperson's guides to the archaeology and history of the country with clear, concise entries on a range of subjects, from the naming conventions of pharaohs to the symbolic importance of the frog, invoked for its powers of fertility (the hieroglyph for the number 100,000 is a tadpole). A chronology of dynasties and site plans of places such as Saqqara, Luxor, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings are other helpful resources. Wilkinson, an Egyptologist at the U.K.'s Clare College, includes a bibliography loaded with works aimed at the curious nonspecialist. 272 pages.
Egypt: From Alexander to the Early Christians 

Bagnall, R., and D. Rathbone
Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2005. ISBN 0892367962.
The land of the Nile offers much beyond the pharaohs. This guide to the archaeology of its Hellenic period through the seventh-century Arab conquest has excellent information, maps, and notes on site access--a good companion for a trip to Egypt. 352 pages.
How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs 

Collier, M., and B. Manley
Berkeley: University of California, 2003. ISBN 0520239490.
This book is suitable for complete beginners or for anyone who would like to improve their knowledge of the language and culture of ancient Egypt. The texts and supporting notes offer a first-hand insight into topics such as the pharacnic administration, family life in ancient Egypt, and the Egyptian way of death. See also our review. 192 pages.
Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Practical Guide 

Kamrin, J.
New York: Abrams, 2004. ISBN 081094961X.
This educational tool provides a systematic, step-by-step approach to learning ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, complete with fun and increasingly challenging exercises and easy-to-reference sign and word lists. See also our review. 256 pages.
Hidden Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Unearthing the Masterpieces of Egyptian History 

Hawass, Z.
Washington: National Geographic Society, 2004. ISBN 0792263197.
This collection of anecdotes is organized roughly chronologically by the history of Egyptian archaeology. Readers learn as much about Egypt's struggle to keep the treasures of its past as they do about the past itself. Kenneth Garrett's evocative photos present each object with elegant solemnity. See also our review. 239 pages.
Mummy: The Inside Story 

Taylor, J.
New York: Abrams, 2004. ISBN 0810991810.
For centuries mummies have been a source of fascination and a focal point of significance. Taylor explores their relevance in the twenty-first century and reveals that mummies are an unparalleled resource of scientific data, addressing a host of questions about life in one of the most highly-developed societies of the ancient world. Computerized tomography (CT) scanning and leading-edge computer graphics of the mummy of the priest Nesperennub has enabled scientists to uncover its secrets. This book puts the reader in the room with the original embalmers, examining the skull, bones, internal organs and objects placed inside the wrappings such as amulets to ensure magical protection. 48 pages.
Secrets of the Sands: The Revelations of Egypt's Everlasting Oasis 

Thurston, H.
New York: Arcade Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1559707038.
In a part of Egypt so parched that decades might pass between rainstorms, amid a sea of sand, is a green island - Dakleh, the “everlasting oasis.” Science writer and journalist Harry Thurston follows an international team of archaeologists as they unlock secrets that may overturn commonly held notions about Egyptian civilization. Over the course of a thirty-year dig, the team has uncovered a perfect Old Kingdom town; the oldest monumental architecture in Egypt; an archive of ten thousand papyri; huge caches of mummies; an entire Roman city; and the world's two oldest books. 400 pages.
Sphinx 

Zivie-Coche, C.
Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004. ISBN 0801489547.
In this book, a detailed history of the Sphinx is discussed from its original function, appearance and religious significance, to present day attempts to preserve the monument against the corrosive effects of a rising water table. Also included are the many stories that surround the Sphinx, including the cult of Harmakhis, which arose around the monument in the second millennium. 122 pages.
The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt 

Dodson, A., and D. Hilton
New York: Thames & Hudson, 2004. ISBN 0500051283.
The lives of some 1,300 kings, queens, princes, and princess are illuminated, unraveling family relationships and exploring the parts they played in politics, cultural life, and religion. It ranges from the dawn of Egyptian history, when only isolated glimpses are available of the royal family, through the vast progeny of Ramessess II, and ends with the complicated and blood-soaked inter-connections of the Ptolemies and Cleopatras. 320 pages.
Ancient Egypt 

Silverman, D., ed.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN 019521952X.
Ancient Egypt is a comprehensive text of the ancient civilization. Through the aid of color illustrations, guides to main themes f life are explained such as the lives of pharaohs, the building of the pyramids, and the language of the hieroglyphics. Major aspects of life that are also detailed include historical, mythological, religious, artistic, and scientific. 255 pages.

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