Egypt-Omania Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs

ISBN-10: 1137278609
ISBN-13: 9781137278609
Edition: 2013
Authors: Bob Brier
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans. Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies were worshipping Isis and wearing vials of Nile water around their necks. What is it about ancient Egypt that breeds such obsession and imitation? Egyptomania explores the burning fascination with all things Egyptian and the events that fanned the flames--from ancient times, to Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign, to the Discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb by Howard Carter in the 1920s. For forty years, Bob Brier, one of the world’s foremost Egyptologists, has been amassing one of the largest collections of Egyptian memorabilia and seeking to understand the pull of Ancient Egypt on our world today. In this original and groundbreaking book, with twenty-four pages of color photos from the author's collection, he explores our three-thousand-year-old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning. He traces our enthrallment with the mummies that seem to have cheated death and the pyramids that as if they will last forever. Drawing on his personal collection--from Napoleon's twenty volume Egypt encyclopedia to Howard Carter’s letters to an actual mummy--this is an inventive and mesmerizing tour of how an ancient civilization endures in ours today.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Birth of a Collection
Rome and the Birth of Egyptomania
Napoleon on the Nile
How an Obelisk and a Canal Conquered France
The Amazing Voyage of Cleopatra's Needle
Egypt for Sale: Victorian Egyptomania
New York Gets Its Obelisk
The Mummies Sing Songs of the Nile
Tutankhamen, Superstar
The Mummy Goes to the Movies
The Future of Egyptomania
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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