For nearly two thousand years after the last pharaoh ruled Egypt the wonders of this ancient culture remained hidden, seemingly lost and forgotten for ever. Then, in the late eighteenth century, Napoleon's invasion of the country sparked an explosion of interest in ancient Egypt that burns as strongly today as ever. The obsession with anything and everything Egyptian has inspired many to dedicate their lives to the search for treasure in Egypt's sands. All of these explorers, collectors and archaeologists can be loosely classified as 'Egyptologists' and this relatively new science has been blessed with more than its fair share of intriguing characters, some of whom, by virtue of their larger-than-life personalities, curious habits or spectacular finds, have come to dominate the story of the rediscovery of ancient Egypt - the story of this book. In "Egypt: How A Lost Civilization was Rediscovered", highly respected author and archaeologist Joyce Tyldesley follows these real-life Indiana Joneses in their quest for the splendid monuments, tombs and artefacts that have unlocked many of the secrets of this mesmerizing civilization. From the nail-biting race to crack the hieroglyphic code to Howard Carter's dramatic discovery of the golden treasures in Tutankhamen's tomb - surely the most heart-stopping moment in the history of archaeology - we experience the excitement, emotion and intrigue of this gripping adventure story. Praise for Joyce Tyldesley: 'Tyldesley has added a new, more human dimension...her book should be required reading.' - "Sunday Times" on "Ramses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh".
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"This book will not only satisfy professional Egyptologists but also attract newcomers to the field."--Kent R. Weeks, author of The Valley of the Kings: The Tombs and the Funerary of Thebes WestAbout the Author:
Joyce Tyldesley is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics, and Oriental Studies at Liverpool University. She is a freelance writer and lecturer on Egyptian archaeology, has made regular radio broadcasts, and has acted as consultant on several television projects. Her previous books include Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen, Ramesses: Egypt's Greatest Pharaoh, and Hatchesput: The Female Pharaoh.
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Descrizione libro BBC Books, 2005. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Next day dispatch from the UK (Mon-Fri). Please contact us with any queries. Codice libro della libreria mon0000422012