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The story of the world's greatest civilization spans 4,000 years of history that has shaped the world. It is full of spectacular cities and epic stories of a constantly evolving society peopled with inventors, heroes and heroines, villains, artisans, and pioneers. Professor Joann Fletcher pulls together the complete story of Egypt, charting the rise and fall of the ancient Egyptians while putting their whole world into a context to which we can all relate.
Fletcher uncovers some fascinating revelations: new evidence shows that women became pharaohs on at least 10 occasions and that the ancient Egyptians built the first Suez Canal and then circumnavigated Africa. From Ramses II's penchant for dying his gray hair to how we know that Montuhotep's chief wife bit her nails, Dr. Joann Fletcher brings alive the history and people of ancient Egypt as nobody else can.
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By Mary Elizabeth Reynolds on 08-24-16
Egyptian history is fascinating, this book is not.
At first, I thought it was the narrator, but no, it's the writing. The story is told in a confusing manner and the prose is so lackluster it could be a high school textbook. I have some small knowledge of Egyptian history, but if I didn't I wouldn't have been able to follow it at all. Anyone interested in Egyptian History try Barbara Mertz, Red Land, Black Land or Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt or one of the great courses.
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