|Publication Date||September 5, 2000|
Explore the daily lives of ordinary people in ancient Egypt (3000 to 30 B.C.E.) through reconstructions based on the hieroglyphic inscriptions, paintings from tombs, and scenes from the temple walls of the people themselves. Students can use this unique and most up-to-date resource on the subject to examine the history of one of our oldest civilizations. Detailed descriptions of its religion, its unusual form of government, the manner of ancient work and play, its magnificent art, the reasons for its military domination, and its intellectual accomplishments are included to help recreate the time period for modern readers. Chapter one introduces the reader to ancient Egyptian history and provides a context for the chapters that follow. These chapters examine what people ate, what their social lives were like, what they wore, what kinds of jobs they had, and much more. Simple steps explain how bread, beer, and wine were made long ago. (Actual recipes are included along with basics of clothing construction.) Discover how massive pyramids and monoliths were built, and how and why mummies were made. Modern readers will be surprised to find fundamental similarities between our lives today and the lives of these ancient peoples living over 4,000 years ago. They will also be interested to note the many differences between this culture and the cultures of today.