Author: Wafaa El Saddik
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2017-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Growing up in Egypt's Nile Delta, Wafaa El Saddik was fascinated by the magnificent pharaonic monuments from an early age, and as a student she dreamed of conducting excavations herself and working in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. At a time when Egyptology was dominated by men, especially those with close connections to the regime, she was determined to succeed, and secured grants to study in Boston, London, and Vienna, eventually becoming the first female general director of the country's most prestigious museum. She launched the first general inventory of the museum's cellars in its more than hundred-year history, in the process discovering long-forgotten treasures, as well as confronting corruption and nepotism in the antiquities administration. In this very personal memoir, she looks back at the history of her country and asks, What happened to Egypt? Where did Nasser's bright new beginning go wrong? Why did Sadat fail to bring peace? Why did the Egyptians allow themselves to be so corrupted by Mubarak? And why was the Muslim Brotherhood able to achieve power? But her first concern remains: How can the ancient legacy of her country truly be protected?
Author: Okasha El Daly
Publisher: Psychology Press
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Social Science
Egyptology: The Missing Millennium brings together for the first time the disciplines of Egyptology and Arabic Studies, seeking to overturn the conventional opinion of Western scholars that Moslems/ Arabs had no interest in pre-Islamic cultures. This book examines a neglected period of a thousand years in the history of Egyptology, from the Moslem annexation of Egypt in the seventh century CE until the Ottoman conquest in the 16th century. Concentrating on Moslem writers, as it is usually Islam which incurs blame for cutting Egyptians off from their ancient heritage, the author shows not only the existence of a large body of Arabic sources on Ancient Egypt, but also their usefulness to Egyptology today. Using sources as diverse a sthe accounts of travellers and treasure hunters to books on alchemy, the author shows that the interest in ancient Egyptian scripts continued beyond classical writers, and describes attempts by medieval Arab scholars, mainly alchemists, to decipher the hieroglyph script. He further explores medieval Arab interest in Ancient Egypt, discussing the interpretations of the intact temples, as well as the Arab concept of Egyptian kingship and state administration - including a case study of Queen Cleopatra that shows how the Arabic romance of this queen differs significantly from Western views. This book will be of great interest to academics and students of archaeology, Arabic studies and Egyptology, as well as anyone with a general interest in Egyptian history. 'This is an impressive piece of work. It deals with a grossly neglected and misunderstood subject -the interest and knowledge of Ancient Egypt on the part of Arabic/ Moslem writers in the Medieval period - and it covers this subject from many aspects.' Professor Charles Burnett, The Warburg Institute
Author: Christian Jacq
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2007-11-01
Christian Jacq, author of the international triumphs Ramses and The Stone of Light, brings the people and passions of ancient Egypt to life in an enthralling epic novel in three volumes. Egypt is a shadow of its former self. An army of barbarians mounted on horse-drawn chariots has swept through the Empire, destroying everything in its path. Known as the Hyksos, these "leaders from foreign lands" have reduced the country of the pharaohs to slavery. Only the city of Thebes resists, protected by the widow of the last pharaoh, Teti the Small. But Teti knows that her reign is limited, that it's only a matter of time before her men succumb to the barbarities of the cruel Hyksos. She has an eighteen-year-old daughter, however: Ahhotep. Fierce, beautiful, and courageous, this girl whom history will call "Egypt's Joan of Arc" will never accept defeat. And so she decides to re-ignite the flame of Egyptian resistance. All by herself. Combining historical fact with a vivid imagination, Christian Jacq tells the enthralling true story of this Ancient Egyptian warrior-heroine. Without the courage and passion of Queen Ahhotep, the Valley of the Kings and the glorious treasures of the pharaohs, including Ramses the Great, would never have existed.
Author: David Gibbins
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2016-12-29
From the author of the bestselling ATLANTIS comes a thrilling novel of buried secrets, age-old mysteries and a conspiracy surrounding the fabled Ark of the Covenant. 'What do you get if you cross Indiana Jones with Dan Brown? Answer: David Gibbins' Mirror 586 BC The ancient world is in meltdown. The Babylonians have ravaged the Holy Land, and Jerusalem has fallen. In desperation, the temple priests look to the greatest navigators ever known to save their holiest of treasures. 1943 A group of Allied codebreakers, under Churchill's direct command, work to stop a top-secret exchange between the Nazis and the Japanese. Yet even they know nothing of the ancient artefact hidden on board a ship whose fate they have just sealed. Present-day Marine archaeologist Jack Howard and his friend Costas undertake a dangerous dive hunting for Nazi gold in a wreck perched on the edge of the continental shelf. What they glimpse there leads Jack to piece together the truth of one of the greatest ancient voyages of discovery, one whose real purpose he could scarcely have imagined. Jack must fuse past and present as he never has done before in a terrifying final showdown on a desperate mission for humanity.
Known to the Egyptians as The Sceptre, Thebes was Egypt's most magnificent and sacred city for a thousand years. This book presents, in stunning photographs, a vivid picture of this great city and its treasures-from its origins as a strategic provincial town to its pinnacle in the New Kingdom as the seat of Egypt's empire.
Author: Arretta E. Keefer
Release Date: 2012-09-20
Hatshepsut sat upon the throne beside her father, Tuthmose I, Pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt. The great hall of the palace was more crowded than usual, she noted. People of all shapes, color and dress provided great interest to the young girl. She had always been encouraged by her father, to pay strict attention to the affairs of state. Perhaps, she thought, she might become Pharaoh when her father passed into the afterworld. Such things were possible, she believed. Although, she was acutely aware that her stepbrother and husband, Tuthmose II would likely succeed to the throne. Then there was her tiresome young stepson and nephew, Tuthmose III. She immediately erased the latter from her list of successors. He was but a boy. No, she mused, when my father leaves this world for the next, I shall become Pharaoh. As it is written, so shall it be. Hatshepsut looked out over the assembled crowd and focused upon the young man who now approached the throne. He was taller than most of the other Egyptians present, and very muscular. His coloring suggested that of one who was accustomed to working in the sun, yet he did not have the look of a common laborer. His carriage was that of a nobleman. His eyes, she noticed immediately, were the color of the rich earth of Kem and were not almond shaped as were her own. He was, she admitted, the most beautiful man she had ever beheld. His name was Senmut. He was a gifted artist and the most celebrated architect of his time. He would become her chief architect. He would build her parents' tomb and her temple and tomb. Senmut would become her most trusted advisor. Senmut would become her lover, tutor to her daughter, Neferure. All this Hatshepsut envisioned as she looked into the strange eyes of the young man who now stood, his head bowed in tribute, before the throne of Pharaoh. Aiden MacAllister recognized her, the instant he saw her standing in the great hall of the Metropolitan Museum. It was the same beautiful face that had haunted his dreams since the first moment the old woman had placed the golden cartouche of Senmut, Royal architect and advisor to Pharaoh Hatshepsut, around his neck in Cairo, nearly eighteen years earlier. The trip had been a birthday gift from his parents and that event had changed his life profoundly. For an instant, when their eyes met across the room, Aiden felt an intense electrical charge run through his body. It was she. The same oval face, large slanted eyes, fringed with thick ebony lashes, and long raven colored hair. There could be no mistake. It was she. After three thousand years, he had found her again. Alexa Kendall Scott had come to the Metropolitan Museum in New York City with the hope of discovering the mystery behind the ancient Winged Scarab brooch she had found among the old Art Deco jewelry she had recently purchased from a soon-to-be-demolished antique shop in Manhattan. Out of curiosity, she had joined a small group of visitors in the great exhibition hall this morning, where a strikingly handsome man was giving a very animated lecture on the life and times of Ancient Egypt. The moment their eyes met, Alexa experienced a physical bolt of electricity run through her body, almost knocking her backward. "Whoa!" she said, under her breath, that is, when she was able to breathe again. As if he was aware of the effect he was having upon her, Aiden smiled knowingly, nodding in her direction before continuing with his lecture to the enraptured group who seemed to hang on his every word. Why did he seem familiar to her, she wondered. She most certainly would have remembered him, had they met before. Then, like a thunderbolt, it hit her. The dream! He was the Egyptian in her erotic dream. "Oh, my!" she screamed inside her mind. It could not be the same person. Alexa shut her eyes tightly, trying to remember the dream. And, when she remembered, she blushed with embarrassment, stepping behind the nearest column, hoping the object of her embarrassment hadn't noticed her reaction. He had noticed.
Author: Salima Ikram
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Release Date: 2003
This well-illustrated book explores all aspects of death in ancient Egypt, including beliefs of the afterlife, mummification, the protection of the body, tombs and their construction and decoration, funerary goods, and the funeral itself. It also addresses the relationship between the living and the dead, and the magico-religious interaction of these two in ancient Egyptian culture.
Though published to accompany the Palazzo Grassi's monumental exhibition in Venice September 2002, this volume offers more than what it on show at the exhibition. Eleven chapters, writter by scholars in the field, provide knowledge on topics as diverse as the nature of pharoaonic power, temple building and Egyptian literature, arts and architecture.