Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated Reference To the Myths, Religions, Pyramed And Temples Of The Land Of the Pharaohs by Lorna Oakes and Lucia Gahlin is among the best books on ancient Egypt I have ever read. The prose is light and well written but very comprehensive in scope. The images which accompany the text are beautiful and well chosen. Probably the best aspect of the work is how accessible it is. The arrangement of the history of ancient Egypt provides a reader with a clear, linear, narrative of the development of the Egyptian civilization and culture. The work is wonderfully presented and instantly engaging. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in ancient Egypt specifically or ancient history generally. The book deals with all aspects of Egyptian culture as well as with developments in archaeology with a section on `The Founders of Egyptology'. The section on Egyptian deities is comprehensive and clearly presented. A great addition to the library of any afficianado of history.