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The Nile:   Ancient Egypt and Nubia

[Great Pyramid and Sphinx at Giza; Mariette-Bey]

Monuments of Upper Egypt

by Auguste Mariette-Bey

Mariette was a young teacher in Boulogne when he received papers from an expedition by Champollion to Egypt. Fascinated by the translation of hieroglyphs, Mariette moved to Paris to study Egyptology. In 1850, the Louvre sent him to Egypt to acquire rare Coptic manuscripts. When this proved impossible, he instead began excavations at Saqqara and rediscovered the Serapeum described by the ancient geographer Strabo. Later appointed director of ancient monuments in Egypt and curator of the newly created Egyptian Museum in Cairo, he began the monumental task of conserving the antiquties of Egypt, curtailing the rampant exportation of objects. A pivotal figure in 19th century Egyptology, Mariette excavated sites throughout Egypt, including Giza, Edfu, Thebes (there finding the buried temple of Queen Hatshepsut), and Karnak (where he uncovered the temple of Amun).

At the opening of the Suèz Canal in 1869, he escorted the Empress Eugénie and other dignitaries up the Nile as part of the celebrations. This provided the inspiration for the present book, used as a guide to the anitiquities. It incorporates the history of Egypt, hieroglyphics, descriptions of classical historians, and the archaeology of some of the most famous sites along the Nile.

Based on the 1890 translation by Alphonse Mariette of “Itineraire de la Haute Egypte,” first published in 1869. All original illustrations and text are included in the present edition, as well as a new introduction and additional maps and figurines.

Paperback, 171 pages. Illustrations, maps, notes, and index.

ISBN 1-887954-19-X.   US $15.95


Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

by Amelia B. Edwards

Inspired by her own earlier voyages along the Nile, Amelia Edwards (also the author of 1000 Miles up the Nile) draws the armchair explorer step by step into the puzzles, frustrations, and triumphs of early archaeological work in Egypt.

[Canal Boats along the Nile; Edwards]

The contemporary discoveries of Maspero and Flinders Petrie in Lower Egypt (near the Nile Delta) provide a ready scientific framework for Miss Edward’s discussions. In this skilled introduction to Egyptology, hieroglyphics, tomb and portrait paintings, literature, religion, lost cities, and anecdotes from site excavations are all drawn together to bring ancient Egyptians to life. With careful attention to detail, the book exposes the interest of several periods by discussing the then recently uncovered Graeco-Roman settlements in the Fayum; exploring correlations between archaeological finds and descriptions from the Bible (as in Ethiopia, the Land of Punt); and showing similarities between certain Egyptian papyri and Aesop’s fables.

Written by a Victorian novelist and travel writer who was also a founder and director of the Egypt Exploration Fund in England, Pharaohs, Fellahs, and Explorers is as readable and engrossing today as it was a century ago.

First published in 1891. All of the original illustrations, notes, and text are included in the present edition, along with a new introduction and additional maps and figures.

Paperback, 290 pages. Illustrations, maps, notes, and index.

ISBN 1-887954-03-1.     US $15.95


[The Castle at Karanog, 3-5c AD; Woolley]

Karanog: The Town

by C. Leonard Woolley

Before his famous Near Eastern discoveries at Ur of the Chaldees in the 1920s, Woolley excavated a series of Romano-Nubian sites along the Nile. Among these was the fortified castle town of Karanog, a 2nd-5th century AD stronghold of the Blemyan culture, located just north of the Nile’s second cataract in Lower Nubia. Along with many famous sites, including Abu Simbel and Philae, Karanog is now lost to flooding caused by the dam at Aswan. The finds recorded from this area by Woolley and his team thus provide an invaluable key to understanding the history of Nubia and Upper Egypt, closely linked in Greek and Roman times.

In addition to all of Woolley’s original text and photographs, this edition includes numerous updated maps, illustrations, and notes, including a survey of ancient historical sources on Lower Nubia. Detailed references are also given to other volumes of the original site report series, including findings at Qasr Ibrim, El Gazireh, Shablul, and Buhen, plus selections from the authoritative work of F.L. Griffith on the decipherment of Meroitic texts. Intended both as an introduction and a ready reference to Lower Nubia, this primary source presents precious data on a lost civilization, collected and analyzed by some of the most renowned archaeologists of the 20th century.

Originally published in 1909-11 as part 5 of the University Museum's Eckley B.Coxe Expedition to Nubia series.

Paperback, 108 pages. Plates, figures, and maps.

ISBN 1-887954-20-1.    US $19.95


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