A leading historian and bestselling author re-creates the growth, decline, and legacy of 3,000 Years of Egyptian civilization with an authoritative text splendidly illustrated with 150 illustrations in full color.
Ancient Egypt, with its legacy of pyramids, pharaohs and sphinxes, is a land of power and mystery to the modern world. In The Civilization of Ancient Egypt Paul Johnson explores the growth and decline of a culture that survived for 3,000 years and maintained a purity of style that rivals all others. Johnson's study looks in detail at the state, religion, culture and geographical setting and how they combined in this unusually enduring civilization. From the beginning of Egyptian culture to the rediscovery of the pharaohs, the book covers the totalitarian theocracy, the empire of the Nile, the structure of dynastic Egypt, the dynastic way of death, hieroglyphs, the anatomy of perspective art and, finally, the decline and fall of the pharaohs, Johnson seeks, through an exciting combination of images and analysis, to discover the causes behind the collapse of this, great civilization while celebrating the extra-ordinary legacy it has left behind.Paul Johnson on Ancient Egypt and the Egyptians
"Egypt was not only the first state, it was the first country.... The durability of the state which thus evolved was ensured by the overwhelming simplicity and power of its central institution, the theocratic monarchy."
"The Egyptians did not share the Babylonian passion for astrology, but they used the stars as one of many guides to behavior. No Egyptian believed in a free exercise of will in important decisions: he always looked for an omen or a prophecy or an oracle."
"The development of hieroglyphics mirrors and epitomizes the history of Egyptian civilization. . . . No one outside Egypt understood it and even within Egypt it was the exclusive working tool of the ruling and priestly classes. The great mass of Egyptians were condemned to illiteracy by the complexities (and also the beauties) of the Egyptian written language."
"The affection the Egyptians were not. ashamed to display towards their children was related to the high status women enjoyed in Egyptian society."
"If we can understand Egyptian art we can go a long way towards grasping the very spirit and outlook on life, of this gifted people, so remote in time. The dynamic of their civilization seems to have been a passionate love of order (maat to them), by which they sought to give to human activities and creations the same regularity as their landscape, their great river, their sun-cycle and their immutable seasons."
An attractively presented guide to ancient Egypt designed to help travellers get the best out of their visit. In an enthusiastic Foreword, T. G. H. James praises the author for understanding the needs of visitors' for guidance in what they will see, and for the background information and confidence in the subject to make a visit to Egypt a truly enriching experience'. Sounds like the book to recommend to friends going on a Swan'. Full of colour pictures and attractive tinted drawings. Hb, 190pp, 184 illus, 65 in col. (Thames & Hudson, 1987)
The Ancient Egyptians were a fun-loving people who enjoying a wide range of sports and games. While the young men chased lions and ostriches across the desert, dignified husbands and wives relaxed over a game of senet, their children played with balls and dolls and entire families spent the day hunting fowl in the marshes. Egyptian kings took their own physical fitness and sporting prowess very seriously-as living demi-gods they expected to dominate on the sports field just as they dominated in every other sphere of Egyptian life. Sport even played an important role in Egyptian ritual, with aging kings required to demonstrate, by running a race, their continuing fitness to rule. This book traces the evidence for sport and games from Predynastic times to the end of the New Kingdom, combining archaeological, pictorial and textual sources to bring Egyptian leisure time to life. Different chapters consider athletics, hunting, martial arts and the female-dominated sports of acrobatics and dance. The board games, which played such an important role in Egyptian family life, are explored in detail-can we tell how these games were played?-and popular children's games and toys are described.
Presents proof that an advanced black African civilization inhabited the Sahara long before Pharaonic Egypt- Reveals black Africa to be at the genesis of ancient civilization and the human story - Examines extensive studies into the lost civilization of the "Star People" by renowned anthropologists, archaeologists, genetic scientists, and cultural historians as well as the authors' archaeoastronomy and hieroglyphics research - Deciphers the history behind the mysterious Nabta Playa ceremonial area and its stone calendar circle and megaliths Relegated to the realm of archaeological heresy, despite a wealth of hard scientific evidence, the theory that an advanced civilization of black Africans settled in the Sahara long before Pharaonic Egypt existed has been dismissed and even condemned by conventional Egyptologists, archaeologists, and the Egyptian government. Uncovering compelling new evidence, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and astrophysicist Thomas Brophy present the anthropological, climatological, archaeological, geological, and genetic research supporting this hugely debated theory of the black African origin of Egyptian civilization. Building upon extensive studies from the past four decades and their own archaeoastronomical and hieroglyphic research, the authors show how the early black culture known as the Cattle People not only domesticated cattle but also had a sophisticated grasp of astronomy; created plentiful rock art at Gilf Kebir and Gebel Uwainat; had trade routes to the Mediterranean coast, central Africa, and the Sinai; held spiritual and occult ceremonies; and constructed a stone calendar circle and megaliths at the ceremonial site of Nabta Playa reminiscent of Stonehenge, yet much older. Revealing these "Star People" as the true founders of ancient Egyptian civilization, this book completely rewrites the history of world civilization, placing black Africa back in its rightful place at the center of mankind's origins.
How ancient Egyptians understood quantum theory- Investigates the history of how modern religion and the Age of Science were inspired by the sacred science of the ancients - Examines how quantum theory explains that the cosmos arises from consciousness - Reveals the unanimity between Schwaller de Lubicz's "sacred science" and the science of a cosmos governed by quantum mechanics Since the dawn of the Age of Science humankind has been engaged in a methodical quest to understand the cosmos. With the development of quantum mechanics, the notion that everything is solid matter is being replaced with the idea that information or "thought" may be the true source of physical reality. Such scientific inquiry has led to a growing interest in the brain's unique and mysterious ability to create perception, possibly through quantum interactions. Consciousness is now being considered as much a fundamental part of reality as the three dimensions we are so familiar with. Although this direction in scientific thought is seen as a new approach, the secret wisdom of the ancients presented just such a view thousands of years ago. Building on Ren A. Schwaller de Lubicz's systematic study of Luxor's Temple of Amun-Mut-Khonsu during the 1940s and '50s, Edward Malkowski shows that the ancient Egyptians' worldview was not based on superstition or the invention of myth but was the result of direct observation using critical faculties attuned to the quantum manifestation of the universe. This understanding of reality as a product of human consciousness provided the inspiration for the sacred science of the ancients--precisely the philosophy modern science is embracing today. In the philosophical tradition of Schwaller de Lubicz, The Spiritual Technology of Ancient Egypt investigates the technical and religious legacy of ancient Egypt to reveal its congruence with today's "New Science."
Frances Welsh discusses the historical, archaeological and artistic aspects of transition from the Armana period to more orthodox beliefs during Tutankhamun's reign. She also interprets the objects in his tomb, the paintings on its walls and its location, to reveal its full significance.
The only surviving of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the Pyramids and Sphinx are the most familiar of all archaeological sites. Despite their popularity, there are no books that focus on the Giza plateau and its monuments and how they evolved. This comprehensive book incorporates all of the latest information on the excavations and interpretations of the Sphinx and the Pyramid and puts them in geological, historical and social context. The monuments are fully described along with detailed discussions of how they were contracted and why. Some of the lesser well-known, but equally interesting, monuments and private tombs at the site are also illustrated, many for the first time in an archaeological guide. Chapters include: The Giza Plateau, Early Travelers, The Archaeology of Giza, The Great Pyramid, The Khufu Boat, The Second Pyramid and the Sphinx, Mastaba Field (East and West) and The Isis temple. This lavishly illustrated and well-documented book with be an invaluable resource to anyone traveling to or interested in Egypt. Peter Lacovara received his Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology from the University of Chicago and is currently Curator of Ancient Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Before that he was Assistant Curator in the Department of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian and Near Eastern Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has participated in many excavations n Egypt, including several seasons at Giza, as well as at Abydos, Hierakonpolis, the Valley of the Kings, Deir el-Ballas and Gebel Silsileh.
This controversial text, that was meant for initiates at the threshold of the Ancient Egyptian Inner Temple, speaks to us with intriguing relevance to the problems of today. Taking the form of a dialogue between a man and his soul, this sacred text explores the inner discourse between doubt and mystical knowledge and deals with the rebellion and despair of the intellect at a crucial stage of spiritual development. Accompanied by stunning illustrations carefully selected to enhance the text and the author's commentaries, which combine poetic insight with rigorous scholarship, Rebel in the Soul provides a unique access to the secrets of Egyptian symbolism.This is a new edition of Rebel in the Soul, the first complete and consistent translation of the Berlin Papyrus 3024, which is thought to be nearly 4,000 years old.