From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us… Napoleon Bonaparte


View of colossal figure,  probably Ramses II, carved into rock that  is the Great Temple at Abu Sunbul, Egypt

View of colossal figure,
probably Ramses II, carved into rock that
is the Great Temple at Abu Sunbul, Egypt

Temples, tombs, & hieroglyphs: a popular history of ancient Egypt New York: William Morrow, 2007 Barbara Mertz Egypt History To 332 B.C. Hardcover. 2nd ed., 1st William Morrow ed. and printing. xxvi, 324 p., [16] p. of plates: ill. (some col.), maps; 24 cm. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG 

Egypt. Pyramids. Pyramid & camel  rider reflected in Nile overflow

Egypt. Pyramids. Pyramid & camel
rider reflected in Nile overflow

Writing as Elizabeth Peters, world-renowned Egyptologist Barbara Mertz is the author of the  popular bestselling mystery series featuring archaeologist Amelia Peabody. In Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs, Dr. Mertz explores the breathtaking reality behind her fiction by casting a dazzling light on a remarkable civilization that, even after thousands of years, still stirs the human imagination and inspires awe with its marvelous mysteries and amazing accomplishments.

Egypt. Pyramids. Pyramids,  'shaddouf' in foreground

Egypt. Pyramids. Pyramids,
‘shaddouf’ in foreground

A fascinating chronicle of an extraordinary epoch — from the first Stone Age settlements through the reign of Cleopatra and the Roman invasions — Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs brings ancient Egypt to life. Illustrated with pictures, maps, photographs, and charts, it offers glimpses into Egyptian society and everyday life; stories of the pharaohs and the rise and fall of great dynasties; religion and culture; folklore and fairy tales; stories of the explorers, scientists, and unmitigated scoundrels who sought to unravel or exploit the ageless mysteries; and insights into the magnificent architectural wonders that rose up from the desert sands.

Egypt. Pyramids. Entrance to the  Great Pyramid of Cheops

Egypt. Pyramids. Entrance to the
Great Pyramid of Cheops

Revised and updated to include the results of the most recent historical research and archaeological finds, Dr. Mertz’s book is unhampered by stuffy prose and dry academic formality. Instead, it is a vibrant, colorful, and fun excursion for anyone who’s ever fantasized about exploring the Valley of the Kings, viewing up close the treasures of the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, or sailing down the Nile on Cleopatra’s royal barge.

Egypt - Beni Hassan - Entrance to  Painted Tombs

Egypt – Beni Hassan – Entrance to
Painted Tombs

Red land, black land: daily life in ancient Egypt New York: William Morrow, 2008 Barbara Mertz Egypt Civilization To 332 B.C. Hardcover. Originally published: New York: Coward-McCann, 1966. 2nd ed., 1st William Morrow ed. and printing. xxi, 410 p., [16] p. of plates: ill. (some col.); 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-396) and index. Clean, tight and  strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

Egypt. Pyramids. Ascent of the Great Pyramid

Egypt. Pyramids. Ascent of the Great Pyramid

Displaying the unparalleled descriptive power, unerring eye for fascinating detail, keen insight, and trenchant wit 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.

Egypt. Pyramids. Nile Valley from  summit of Great Pyramid

Egypt. Pyramids. Nile Valley from
summit of Great Pyramid

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.

Cairo and the pyramids. Pyramids  and the Sphinx. Taken from the S.E.

Cairo and the pyramids. Pyramids
and the Sphinx. Taken from the S.E.

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.

Egypt. Pyramids. The Step Pyramid at Sakkara

Egypt. Pyramids. The Step Pyramid at Sakkara

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