Ancient Egypt - Resource Bibliography

Publications - Ancient Egypt

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Chronicle of the Pharaohs

By Peter A. Clayton

Thames & Hudson (1999)
224 pages

Peter A. Clayton is a world renown archaeologist who has a talent in making the ancient world of the Egypt come alive. He follows the Pharaohs from Narmer to Cleopatra, presenting 170 Egyptian kings during the 3,000 years of Egyptian History!
 
This publication contains 224 pages that are packed with 350 illustrations. This is an essential work of reference and no library is complete without this book.
 
An Excellent Introduction to Ancient Egypt!
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Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt

By Joyce Tyldesley

Thames & Hudson (2006)
224 pages

This book presents a biographical portrait of every queen while revealing their family tree and genealogical background. Supported by 273 illustrations in 224 pages, this tells the stories of those usually forgotten in the history books.

 

This publication follows the historical Egyptian Timeline in detail from King Narmer to Queen Cleopatra, spanning 3,000 years. This structural layout is easy to follow and is a wonderful reference to anyone wishing to study a specific Queen.

The Best and Most Complete Book on These Famous Queens!

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The Egyptians

By Cyril Aldred

Thames & Hudson (1998)
224 pages

Originally published in 1961, this work was revised in 1986 and again in 1998. This publication continues to provide a solid overview of Egyptian civilization.

 

This book is best read by those who already have a basic understanding of the topic, as this is written in textbook form. This work takes you through the complete history of Egypt, starting with a detailed description of the Neolithic Past. It goes on the survey the Unification and Intermediate Periods, while covering the foreign dominations of the Assyrians and Persians.

For Advanced Study...

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The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt

By Ian Shaw (Editor)

Oxford University (2004)
552 pages

This publication takes you from the Neolithic Period to its conquest by the Roman Empire. Written by 13 leading scholars in the world of Egyptology and edited by the leading author, Dr. Ian Shaw, this publication is the only single work to cover 700,000 years of Ancient Egyptian History.

With over a hundred beautiful illustrations and over 500 pages, this book includes the first examinations of the Intermediate Periods. It is the most complete history book on the topic and is a 'Must Read' for anyone seriously studying the Egyptian civilization. Although meant for advanced students, it is accessible to the general readers with an interest in the field.

If you want the most comprehensive, scholarly book published on Ancient Egypt, then look no further. You have found it!

A History of Ancient Egypt

By Nicolas Grimal

Wiley-Blackwell (1994)
528 pages

This is an account of the rise and fall of the civilization in the Nile Valley, covering the first human settlement (c. 120,000 BC) to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 333 BC. It is the first reign-by-reign history of ancient Egypt to be published since Sir Alan Gardiner's Egypt of the Pharaohs (1961) and takes full account of the many archaeological, scientific and linguistic discoveries of the last three decades.

What makes this publication a classic in the fields of Egyptology is its focus on Egyptian life from childbirth to death. It includes such areas as education, diet, the status of women, medicine, and the building of the pyramids and temples.

A leading college textbook for years!

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The Complete Pyramids - Solving the Ancient Mysteries 

By Mark Lehner

Thames & Hudson (1997)
256 pages

The Complete Pyramids by Mark Lehner is the most comprehensive publication ever created on the pyramids and is packed with the most detailed information about each structure.

This book contains diagrams of every pyramid, along with hundreds of beautifully colored photographs!

If you own only one book on Ancient Egypt, then this should be it!

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The Complete Valley of the Kings

By Nicholas Reeves & Richard H. Wilkinson

Thames & Hudson (2008)
224 pages

The Complete Pyramids by Mark Lehner is the most comprehensive publication ever created on the pyramids and is packed with the most detailed information about each structure.

This book contains diagrams of every pyramid, along with hundreds of beautifully colored photographs!

 

The first book to catalog the Valley of the Kings!

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The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

By Richard H. Wilkinson

Thames & Hudson (2017)
256 pages

Written by Richard Wilkinson, this book is the best guide available for the Temples of Egypt. Packed with hundreds of photos, this book's contents are broken down thematically and by location making this an easy reference and an exciting one to read!

This publication reveals the rites and festivals involving these temples while exploring how they functioned and eventually declined. The coverage ranges from the earliest dynastic period to the Roman, Christian, and Islamic times while explaining how each culture adapted these temples to meet their religious needs.

 

A Companion to The Complete Pyramids!

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The Complete Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

By Richard H. Wilkinson

Thames & Hudson (2017)
256 pages

First examining the origins of Egypt's deities, this work explains the rituals and mysteries that involved the very core of Egyptian life. Following up with the king's relationship to the gods and how this changed throughout Egypt's 3,000 years, this ends with an extensive and detailed catalog of the individual gods and goddesses.

Great detail is given on the state deities, such as Isis, Osiris, Horus, Amun-Ra, Hathor, Aunbis, and Ptah, just to name a few. This book covers the minor deities as well, providing as much information as possible. This is the first catalog of its kind and the very best available on these complicated deities.

 

In 256 pages through 338 illustrations, this is a one-of-a-kind publication.

This book takes the reader through the world of Egyptian mythology!

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The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt

By Steven Snape

Thames & Hudson (2014)
240 pages

Beginning with how the city developed in Egypt, Dr. Snape goes on to describe the different types of buildings with an estimate of population for each period. He then discusses the aspects of urban life that include the different living conditions between the Middle and New Kingdoms, water and sanitation, schools, crime, and tourism, just to name a few.

 

This focus on urban life continues up until the Graeco-Roman times where he devotes the rest of the book to surveying each individual town. This is organized by regional location and then by alphabetical order for easy reference.

 

This work focuses on the cultural and urban elements of Ancient Egypt!

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The Monuments of Ancient Egypt

Edited By

Charles C. Gillispie

& Michel Dewachter

Konecky & Konecky (2008)
528 pages

The beginning of Egyptology began in 1801 when Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt. He did not just bring an army, he brought a team of scientists and artists who went about the country surveying the different ruins. Their accurate drawings and diagrams were compiled in ten volumes called the Description de l'Egypte which became the foundation of future archaeological study from that point forward. Comprising of 837 copper engravings, many of these contained multiple illustrations that numbered over 3,000 in all.
 

This work has been reproduced over the years and a current version is available through the book entitled, The Monuments of Ancient Egypt, by Charles Gillispie. This publication contains the complete first five volumes of the description de l'Egypte.

These volumes contained the actual engravings of temples, pyramids, and tombs as observed at the time of the Napoleonic Expedition!

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Ancient Egyptian Literature- Volume I-III

By Miriam Lichtheim

University of California

(1973-1980)
300 pages Book 1

First published in 1973 – and followed by Volume II in 1976 and Volume III in 1980 – this anthology has assumed classic status in the field of Egyptology and portrays the remarkable evolution of the literary forms of one of the world’s earliest civilizations.

 

Volume I outlines the early and gradual evolution of Egyptian literary genres, including biographical and historical inscriptions carved on stone, the various classes of literary works written with pen on papyrus, and the mortuary literature that focuses on life after death. Introduced with a new foreword by Antonio Loprieno.

 

Volume II shows the culmination of these literary genres within the single period known as the New Kingdom (1550-1080 B.C.). With a new foreword by Hans-W. Fischer-Elfert.

 

Volume III spans the last millennium of Pharaonic civilization, from the tenth century B.C. to the beginning of the Christian era. With a new foreword by Joseph G. Manning.

This work has become an acclaimed Classic!

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Temples of the Last Pharaohs

By Dieter Arnold

Oxford University Press (1999)

384 pages

It was the great work Description de l'Egypt, published in Paris in 1809-1928, that first drew Western attention to Egyptian art and architecture. Using this work as his primary source, Dieter Arnold has reconstructed and redrawn all of the lost buildings of the Late Period--some in computer assisted images--and redrawn all other available plans. These, along with superb photographs of extant temples dating to Ptolemaic and Roman times, are included in this book on the formal and stylistic development of Egyptian temple architecture. 

 

The Great Courses - Ancient Egypt

 

Documentaries - Ancient Egypt

The Greatest Pharaohs

1997 – A&E

Narrated by Frank Langella with commentary by experts in the field, this 4-part video series explains the lives of the Pharaohs while following the historical timeline.

Egypt Uncovered

2010 – Kultur

Using modern technology and the latest archaeological findings, world-renowned Egyptologists breathe life into one of history's most fascinating cultures. Includes the following episodes: Chaos and Kings, The Resurrection Machine, Age of Gold, Deities and Demons, and Post Mortem.

Secrets of the Rosetta Stone

2006 – History Channel

A valuable key to the decipherment of hieroglyphs, the inscription on the Rosetta Stone is a decree passed by a council of priests. It is one of a series that affirm the royal cult of the 13-year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation.

The Lost Mummy of Imhotep

2000 – Discovery

The Lost Mummy of Imhotep uncovers what may be Egypt's fabled city of the dead and the legendary Imhotep, buried beneath the sands of Saqqara. At the dawn of Egyptian civilization, Imhotep built the first pyramid, became legendary as a physician and governed the greatest state on earth.

Unlocking the Great Pyramid

2009 – Nat Geo

For centuries, adventurers and Egyptologists have crawled through every passageway and chamber of the Pyramid, measuring and collecting data in an attempt to determine how it was built. For the first time, a revolutionary theory argues that the answer may be inside the Pyramid.

Secrets of Archaeology

2005 – History Channel

Take a virtual reality tour of history’s most intriguing ancient civilizations. Uncover the secrets of the pyramids as the Pharaohs reach for immortality

Quest for the Lost Pharaoh

2003 – Discovery 

An Egyptologist seeks the answer to a mystery four thousand years old, and tries to bring a vanished kingdom and a pharaoh lost to history back to life. Unraveling the tale of a priest and his family by following the clues left to us by the ancients, Vassil Dobrev will attempt to reconstruct the past and fill the gaps of history in his quest for the lost pharaoh.

Ancient Egyptians

2003 – WB

These four one-hour films tell the true stories of real people who lived in ancient Egypt thousands of years ago. This is the story of ancient Egypt from the ground up: the real lives of humble quarrymen, devious aristocrats, dutiful daughters and conquering Pharaohs.

King Tut's Final Secrets

2005 – Nat Geo

King Tut's Final Secrets follows a group of scientists as they use artifacts and technology in order to reconstruct the history of the supposed curse that haunts the tomb of the famous king, bringing untimely death to those who disturb the sacred resting place.

Ramesses II - The Great Journey

2011 – History Channel

 3,200 years ago, Egypt is living the final hours of its golden age under the reign of Ramesses II. After ruling the country for 67 years, the great pharaoh dies at the old age of 92. His mummy is buried in the heart of the Valley of the Kings. This is the beginning of his great journey towards the afterlife but only under one condition: that his tomb remains off limits forever.

The Egyptian Book of the Dead 

2010 – History Channel

This feature-length special follows THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD from creation around 1800 BC near the site of the Egyptian city of Thebes, to rediscovery (and theft) in 1887 AD. Biblical scholars agree that portions of the Old Testament are direct descendants of the Egyptian text, and some archaeologists argue that Moses must have read and carried a copy of it with him when he fled Egypt.

Nubia – The Forgotten Kingdom

2003 – Discovery

An Egyptologist seeks the answer to a mystery four thousand years old, and tries to bring a vanished kingdom and a pharaoh lost to history back to life. Unravelling the tale of a priest and his family by following the clues left to us by the ancients, Vassil Dobrev will attempt to reconstruct the past and fill the gaps of history in his quest for the lost pharaoh.

Egypt: Rediscovering a Lost World

2005 – BBC

Discover the secrets, the myths and the truths behind one of the greatest civilizations in history-a world nearly lost beneath the sand. This fascinating series journeys back in time to explores three legends of archaeology: Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's treasure-laden tomb, the Great Belzoni's finds from the reign of Ramesses II and Jean-Francois Champollion's deciphering of the hieroglyphs.

Scribes of Ancient Egypt

2015 – Smithsonian

While the graphic art of Ancient Egypt is very familiar, little is known about the artists, the scribes. Who were were they? How important were they to the society of the Pharaohs? From Saqqara to the Valley of Kings enjoy this look at the lives of the first "historians" in the human record.

Egypt's Lost Queens

2015 – BBC

Ancient Egyptians were unique among the ancient civilizations in their attitude to sexual equality. Women held the title of 'Pharaoh' no fewer than 18 times. Egyptian society was filled with female doctors, tutors, prime ministers and priestesses. How did they shape the society, government, and culture of this classical civilization? What can we learn from the reign of queens lost in history?

Mummies-Tales From the Crypt

1996 – History Channel

The pyramids, the great sphinx, the hieroglyphs, the mummies, Egypt. A powerful, ancient civilization flourished here and its people gave thanks to their many gods for their environment. The Nile provided the necessities of life, while the desert offered protection. During much of its development, ancient Egypt

was stable, leaving time to create, to prosper and time to question the existence of man.

Building the Great Pyramid

2006 – BBC

For four thousand years men have marvelled at the Great Pyramid of Giza and asked two questions: how was it built and why? To answer those questions we will travel back in time. By combining the latest archaeological research with the most up-to-date visual technology we can for the first time see the Pyramid through the eyes of the men who built it.

The Great Pyramid

2009 – Nat Geo

The breathtaking engineering and organisation behind the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which was built to turn a Pharaoh into a god and further unite the Egyptian state.

Engineering Ancient Egypt

2008 – Nat Geo

Egypt's two greatest Pharaohs, Khufu and Ramesses II, built their way to immortality through architectural marvels including the temples of Abu Simbel and the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Battles B.C.

2009 – History Channel

This program explains the transformation of Ancient Egypt from a peaceful kingdom into a warring empire which leads to the Battle of Kadesh between the Egyptians under Ramses II and the Hittites lead by Muwatalli-II. In this conflict technology as well as tactics plays a major role and Ramses barely survives to claim victory.

Nefertiti and the Lost Dynasty

2007 – Nat Geo

It is one of Egypt's enduring mysteries. What happened to Nefertiti and her husband, Akhenaten - the radical king, and likely father of King Tut?

Rameses II (Ancient Mysteries)

1997 – A&E

Ramses II was perhaps the greatest pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt. His reign lasted 67 years--it was one of the longest in Egyptian history. As king of one of the most powerful civilizations in the world--he possessed endless energy and a determination to insure his name and his civilization would stand immortal.

The Exodus Decoded

2006 – History Channel

At the very heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam lies the story of the Exodus, an epic tale of plagues, miracles and revelations. But the truth behind these events has been obscured by faith and time--until now.

Ancient Lives

1984 – Granada

Ancient Lives provides an insightful and detailed look into the lives of the ancient Egyptians. Helmed by acclaimed Egyptologist John Romer, this series explores daily life as it took place several thousand years ago in a small village near Thebes.

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Engineering an Empire 

2006 – History Channel

This program deals chronologically with the engineering achievements of ancient Egypt from the Archaic Period to the 19th Dynasty of the New Kingdom.

The Hidden History of Egypt

2002 – Xive

If you thought you knew the ancient world, think again. This program, presented by Terry Jones, is packed full of surprising and little-known facts that throw new light on our understanding of the ancient Egyptians.

Planet Egypt

2012 – History Channel

Planet Egypt recounts the epic history of Ancient Egypt and its Pharaohs, from the pre-dynastic period through to the late dynasties. Each episode addresses one aspect of Egypt's enormous success, including the unlikely rise of its first powerful rulers, the wars they fought, the spiritual grounding that held the society together and the grand quest for immortality pursued by the Pharaohs.

Mummy Tech

(Modern Marvels)

2008 – History Channel

After thousands of years, Egyptian mummies are speaking from the grave. With the use of state-of-the-art computer tomography scanning we explore inside a 2,000-year-old mummified body of an Egyptian child.

Egyptian Pyramids

(Modern Marvels)

2005 – History Channel

This episode of Modern Marvels explores the ancient mystery, beauty and grandeur of the great pyramids. Marvels of architecture and design, pyramids have graced the deserts of Egypt and the lands of South America for centuries. Yet, they remain an enigma to modern historians and architects.

The Lost Pyramid

2008 – History Channel

A study of the ruined Egyptian pyramid of the pharaoh Djedefre, including evidence from a ten-year excavation which supports new theories about his reign and the pyramid's importance.

Ancient Egypt - Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings

2012 – BBC

Beyond the gold and the lapis lazuli, behind the Pharaohs and their tombs, stands the beating heart of Ancient Egypt - the people. The story of the every-day lives of Egyptians is told through a mummified couple brought back to life.

Egyptian Secrets of the Afterlife

2009 – Nat Geo

To the ancient Egyptians, life after death was a high-stakes underworld journey fraught with terrifying obstacles: fiery lakes of death, battles with bona fide monsters, and ultimately eternal death or resurrection with the sun. It’s a journey each Egyptian believed was real, and for the pharaoh the stakes were even higher—the entire cosmos depended on the king’s successful journey and resurrection.

Ramesses II – Wrath of God or Man

2004 – Discovery

This documentary examines what historians know about the Bible's Old Testament account of the Plague of the Firstborn and about Egypt's Pharaoh, Ramesses. Egyptologists discuss whether the pharaoh mentioned in the story is Ramesses II or perhaps his eldest son.