Egypt: From Cheops, Ramses and Tutankhamun to the World of Laborers and Craftsmen by Rainer Hagen

Egypt: From Cheops, Ramses and Tutankhamun to the World of Laborers and Craftsmen by Rainer Hagen

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Offers a distinctive take on mythologized Egypt. This book includes chapters that cover relationships, leisure activities, the role of women, the manufacture of mummies, and more. And just like the mummies, "fragile as eggshell but solid as a statue", and magically able to transcend death, both people and country are brought alive in this book.

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What do we really know about our ancestors? Not about the rulers and generals, but about laborers, farmers, soldiers and families. "Egypt" is a perfect case in point, almost a blank slate for most of us, as it 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 mythologized 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 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" and magically able to transcend death, both people and country are brought alive for us again.

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SKU GOR001469580
Title Egypt: From Cheops, Ramses and Tutankhamun to the World of Laborers and Craftsmen
Author By (author) Rainer Hagen
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Taschen GmbH
Year Published 2005
Number of Pages 240
ISBN 10 3822847674
ISBN 13 9783822847671
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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What do we really know about our ancestors? Not about the rulers and generals, but about laborers, farmers, soldiers and families. "Egypt" is a perfect case in point, almost a blank slate for most of us, as it 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 mythologized 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 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" and magically able to transcend death, both people and country are brought alive for us again.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR001469580
Title Egypt: From Cheops, Ramses and Tutankhamun to the World of Laborers and Craftsmen
Author By (author) Rainer Hagen
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Taschen GmbH
Year Published 2005
Number of Pages 240
ISBN 10 3822847674
ISBN 13 9783822847671
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Ex Library No