Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs

Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs

A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

Book - 2007
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World-renowned Egyptologist Barbara Mertz explores the reality behind the fiction she writes as Elizabeth Peters.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : William Morrow, 2007
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780061252761
Characteristics: xxvi, 324 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm


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Aug 10, 2014

"Lively writing" is certainly accurate. Mertz painted a vivid picture of ancient Egypt and, sometimes, the people who studied it—no surprise to the readers who know her as Elizabeth Peters. Vivid and opinionated writing can easily get in the way of accuracy, but Mertz was fairly good about sounding notes of caution when she got speculative. There are things I would take issue with (labeling a thousand years of Egyptian history "The Long Dying" being the biggest), but if you have difficulty with dry, scholarly stuff, Mertz is certainly worth reading.


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