Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Archaic Egypt

Walter B. Emery
1961
Penguin Books Ltd.

This 1961 book is written by famous Archaeologist Walter B. Emery and a treasure for anyone wishing to learn about Ancient Egypt's Pre dynastic period into the earliest dynasties of the Pharaonic age. From the beginning of the book it is obvious the importance of what Walter Emery writes about and the depth of the authors knowledge.

The book is well written and easy to understand especially impressive because of the remoteness of the age the author writes about. The book gives a good run down of the period of the earliest dynasties on issues of the arts, the ancient Gods and Goddess' and the written script and its development. Part of what makes this book an easy read are the numerous diagrams and photographs that accompany the authors words.

Mr. Emery's knowledge is well put out and his writing ability is excellent and easy to enjoy. It is amazing how almost fully formed the arts of the archaic period were with the exception of writing and the continuity continued for thousands of years after through all of Pharaonic Egypt.

I have to admit that this is my second time through this book and no doubt I will read it many more times as this book is a treasure on the period of Archaic Egypt.

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