'If modern Egypt is so far away that it takes three weeks to get there, ancient Egypt is infinitely more distant.' So wrote novelist, journalist, traveller and Egyptologist Amelia Edwards (1831–92) in this, the last published work of her career. Having first travelled to Egypt in 1873, in 1889–90 Edwards was invited to lecture in the United States, campaigning for the Egypt Exploration Fund, of which she was joint honorary secretary. In five months she addressed 100,000 people at over 110 meetings in sixteen states. First published in 1892, a month before her death, this book is a collection of her lectures, containing substantial illustrations, additions, notes, and references. Exhibiting both Edwards' ability to make abstruse subjects come alive without losing factual correctness, and the humour and enthusiasm with which she recounted her experiences, this book marks the culmination of twenty years' research and exploration.
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- Date Published: December 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108042024
- length: 350 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.4kg
- contains: 150 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The explorer in Egypt
2. The buried cities of Ancient Egypt
3. Portrait painting in Ancient Egypt
4. The origin of portrait sculpture, and the history of the Ka
5. Egypt the birthplace of Greek decorative art
6. The literature and religion of Ancient Egypt
7. The hieroglyphic writing of the Ancient Egyptian
8. Queen Hatasu, and her expedition to the land of Punt
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