The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies were worshipping Isis and wearing vials of Nile water around their necks What is it about ancient Egypt that breeds such obsession and imitation Egyptomania explores the burning fascination with all things Egyptian and the events that fanned the flames from ancient times, to Napoleon s Egyptian campaign, to the discovery of Tutankhamen s tomb by Howard Carter in the 1920s For forty years, Bob Brier, one of the world s foremost Egyptologists, has been amassing one of the largest collections of Egyptian memorabilia and seeking to understand the pull of Ancient Egypt on our world today In this original and groundbreaking book, with twenty four pages of color photos from the author s collection, he explores our three thousand year old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning He traces our enthrallment with the mummies that seem to have cheated death and the pyramids that as if they will last forever Drawing on his personal collection from Napoleon s twenty volume Egypt encyclopedia to Howard Carter s letters written from the Valley of the Kings as he was excavating this is an inventive and mesmerizing tour of how an ancient civilization endures in ours today....
|Title||:||Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs|
|Publisher||:||St Martin s Press November 12, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||779 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs Reviews
I love Bob Brier. I have watched his TV broadcasts, read some of his other books, and listened to a 50-CD (I think) oral history of ancient Egypt. Heck, I even wrote him a fan letter (OK, a fan email). However, this book is little more than a trifle; a good magazine article blown up into a book.
This could be subtitled "Much Ado about Obelisks" and for good ill. Bob Brier's discussion of the various kinds of crazes between the Napoleon to the 20th century is at a times fascinating and at times tedious. Most of the tedious bits have to do with the level of detail Brier goes into describing the various ways Obelisks were moved out of Egypt. Some of the particular interesting bits were conflations of middle eastern culture in the early 20th century King Tut crazes as well as all the Egyptian smoking paraphernalia. I must say though that this book seems to be two different books: one about obelisks and another about various pop culture crazes around Egypt.
It may be a bit too "easy" for the average Egypt fan. But I learned a lot, and I also enjoyed the Egypt themed EVERYTHING from cigarettes to songs. It was also fun to read about how Egypt becomes popular every now and again, sort of a fad. I think about things like English furniture which for a while had crocodiles on their legs. I also now want to go to Wellington's home in London to see the tea service Josephine sent back!
This is a light and funny look at the Egypt craze over the centuries; lots of fun for anyone who is interested in Egyptian archaeology.
Consider it just a fun book to browse through.
This book is an enjoyable and fascinating ride through how the legacy of Ancient Egypt has manifested in the rest of the world in modern times. The author writes with humour, authority and a clear love of the subject.
Bob Brier is a fabulously interesting author, besides his knowledge and love of ancient Egypt, he brings the complex history into manageable history. I especially loved the detailed descriptions of moving Egyptian obelisks.
Bob Brier has an easy style of writing and he knows how to make history entertaining. You learn a lot and you laugh a lot. His extensive experience in the field earned him the title of Mr. Mummy. I love to recount his stories and that has earned me many a dinner invitation.