BOOK REVIEW - The Egyptians - Cyril Aldred

Updated: Jun 19

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. The Egyptians, by Cyril Aldred, is best read by those who already have a basic understanding of the topic, as this is written in textbook form. This work is written in chronological order, but lacks a visible timeline and uses a different naming convention for the Pharaohs.

This book does, however, take 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.

What makes this book a classic is that it does not engage in Biblical speculation or strange hypotheses surrounding changes in dynasty, such as the murder of Tutankhamen. Although these may be interesting topics, these speculations change drastically throughout time and age or make irrelevant the work of the writer.

Born in London, in1914, Cyril Aldred became a world renown Egyptologist, art historian, and writer before passing away in 1991. This work was his comprehensive understanding of Ancient Egypt that continues to enlighten those that read it today.