Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jan 25, 2011 - History - 432 pages
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A fascinating, erudite, and witty glimpse of the human side of ancient Egypt—this acclaimed classic work is now revised and updated for a new generation

Displaying the unparalleled descriptive power, unerring eye for fascinating detail, keen insight, and trenchant wit that have made the novels she writes (as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels) perennial New York Times bestsellers, internationally renowned Egyptologist Barbara Mertz brings a long-buried civilization to vivid life. In Red Land, Black Land, she transports us back thousands of years and immerses us in the sights, aromas, and sounds of day-to-day living in the legendary desert realm that was ancient Egypt.

Who were these people whose civilization has inspired myriad films, books, artwork, myths, and dreams, and who built astonishing monuments that still stagger the imagination five thousand years later? What did average Egyptians eat, drink, wear, gossip about, and aspire to? What were their amusements, their beliefs, their attitudes concerning religion, childrearing, nudity, premarital sex? Mertz ushers us into their homes, workplaces, temples, and palaces to give us an intimate view of the everyday worlds of the royal and commoner alike. We observe priests and painters, scribes and pyramid builders, slaves, housewives, and queens—and receive fascinating tips on how to perform tasks essential to ancient Egyptian living, from mummification to making papyrus.

An eye-opening and endlessly entertaining companion volume to Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs, Mertz's extraordinary history of ancient Egypt, Red Land, Black Land offers readers a brilliant display of rich description and fascinating edification. It brings us closer than ever before to the people of a great lost culture that was so different from—yet so surprisingly similar to—our own.

  

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Review: Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

This was pretty entertaining. As other reviewers have mentioned, it reads like a gossip page. Cursory overview of much of basic ancient Egyptian history, with a little speculation thrown in for good ... Read full review

Review: Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

An excellent, if at times dry, overview of life in ancient Egypt. Organized from birth to death and afterlife, this is a very good primer on what life was like, how it was lived, and what the norms ... Read full review

Contents

People of the Two Lands
3
The Red and Black Lands
21
Beloved of His Father and Mother
39
Lady of the House
58
Crowns of the king
92
Bed
102
Wrestlers
113
Hounds and jackals board game
119
Plan of a temple
199
Sorcerer Scientist and Priest
202
Chisel and awl
220
Plan of the Great Pyramid of Giza
237
Beetle and sun disk
259
Geb Nut and Shu
266
Perspective of a New Kingdom temple
280
An Excellent Equipped Spirit
305

Types of hieroglyphic scripts
129
Various uses of the hieroglyphic signs
136
Soldier
151
Weapons
158
Artist
168
Deviations from the canon
177
Middle Kingdom royal head
185
My Body Shall Be Enduring
321
A Goodly Burial in the Necropolis
347
On That Day of Judging the Deficient
377
Reading List
391
Index
397
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About the author (2011)

Barbara Mertz is a New York Times bestselling author who writes the popular Amelia Peabody mystery series under the pen name Elizabeth Peters and romantic suspense novels as Barbara Michaels. She was born and brought up in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998, she lives in a historic farmhouse in western Maryland.

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