Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt
An A-Z reference providing concise and accessible information on Ancient Egypt from its predynastic cultures to the suicide of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony in the face of the Roman conquest. Annotation. Bunson (an author of reference works) has revised her 1991 reference (which is appropriate for high school and public libraries) to span Egypt's history from the predynastic period to the Roman conquest. The encyclopedia includes entries for people, sites, events, and concepts as well as featuring lengthy entries or inset boxes on major topics such as deities, animals, and the military. A plan and photograph are included for each of the major architectural sites.
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Bunson's (coauthor, Encyclopedia of Ancient Mesoamerica) updated and expanded edition remains true to its stated "essential purpose of offering the reader a comprehensive reference to the personalities, topics, issues, and important sites constituting the remarkable civilization that developed and flourished along the Nile." She includes several new sections: "Historical Overview," "Geographical Overview," "Chronology of Major Events," and an appendix entitled "How To Study Ancient Egypt." The main body of the encyclopedia consists of more than 2300 entries, some of which include bibliographical and/or cross-references. Some inconsistency is evident in the treatment of personal names; most are rendered in the Egyptian form rather than the Greek (e.g., "Amenhotep" instead of "Amenophis"), but "Tuthmosis" is used instead of "Thutmose," and users seeking "Sesostris" or "Senusert" are not guided to "Senwosret." VERDICT Aside from the names issue, this is a useful one-stop, ready-reference resource for general readers interested in ancient Egyptian civilization. For a more comprehensive treatment of the subject, the three-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (2001), with entries written by a team of international scholars, is a highly recommended, though much costlier, alternative.—Edward K. Werner, St. Lucie Cty. Lib. Syst., Ft. Pierce, FL
This is a wonderful book. At times I was filled with emotion at the author's account of the achievements of this amazing people.