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Egypt (Midsize) [Paperback]

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Everyday life in the Egypt of the Pharaohs

What do we really know about our ancestors? Not about the rulers and generals, but about labourers, farmers, soldiers and families. Egypt is a perfect case in point, almost a blank slate for most of us as regards details of their everyday life. This useful and informative book attempts to set the record straight by offering a distinctive take on that most mythologised of epochs.

Who would have guessed for example that the first strike in recorded history took place in 1152 BC during work on the necropolis in the Valley of the Kings, a protest by construction workers against delayed deliveries of oil and flour. Two fairly banal commodities maybe, but essential: Oil protected the skin against the savage desert climate, whilst flour was the base ingredient for thirty different kinds of nutritional cake.

It is this detailed examination of the evidence that distinguishes this volume, with chapters (all uniquely headed in the corresponding hieroglyphs) on everything from relationships to leisure activities, the role of women to the manufacture of mummies. And just like the mummies, "fragile as eggshell but solid as a statue", magically able to transcend death, so both people and country are brought alive for us again.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.42" Width: 7.82" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   2.19 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  382282089X  
ISBN13  9783822820896  

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