Seventy Great Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

ISBN-10: 0500051232

ISBN-13: 9780500051238

Edition: 2003

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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.586
Language: English

List of contributors
King-list and chronology
Ancient mysteries
The Earliest Egyptians
Where did the Egyptians come from?
Did the Egyptians invent writing?
Who were the first kings of Egypt?
King Menes: myth or reality?
Human sacrifice in the royal tombs
The royal boat burials at Abydos
Pyramids & Tombs
Origins of the pyramids
What is a pyramid for?
Were the pyramids built by slaves?
The multiple pyramids of Snofru
The Great Pyramid
Riddles of the Great Sphinx
Are the pyramids aligned with the stars?
The anonymous Qurneh burial
Abydos: the last royal pyramid?
The lost tomb of Amenhotep I
Where is the body of Akhenaten?
The mausoleum of the sons of Ramesses II
Who robbed the Valley of the Kings?
The missing tombs of Tanis
Are there more royal tombs in Egypt?
Pharaohs & Queens
Did the pharaohs marry their sisters?
The assassination of kings
The first woman to rule Egypt
Senenmut: a partner for Hatshepsut?
What became of Hatshepsut?
The enigma of Akhenaten
Why did Nefertiti disappear?
The Tutankhamun conspiracy
The 'Elder Lady'
Smendes: the alternative king?
The Nubian 'Dark Age'
Khababash, the guerrilla king
The fatal attraction of Cleopatra
People & Places
Where was the kingdom of Yam?
Sinuhe: literary hero or real-life deserter?
Who were the Hyksos?
The Minoan paintings of Avaris
Was Alashiya Cyprus?
Punt and God's Land
The 'Sea Peoples': raiders or refugees?
The Report of Wenamun: fact or fable?
Ancient Wisdom & Belief
The mysterious gods of Egypt
Was the king really a god?
Mummification and the passion of Osiris
Why write letters to the dead?
The power of magic
Why use hieroglyphic writing?
The origins of Egyptian literature
Hidden symbols of sex in Egyptian art
Historical Mysteries
What did the Egyptians know of their history?
The end of the great pyramid age
The First Intermediate Period - a dark age?
The end of the second pyramid age
Did the Egyptians go to sea?
Did Egypt rule Palestine?
Who won the Battle of Qadesh?
What became of Egypt's Golden Empire?
The missing Apis bull burials
Did Necho send a fleet around Africa?
How did the Egyptians work granite?
Did the Egyptians invent glass?
Why was there no Egyptian Iron Age?
What did Herodotus see in Egypt?
Egypt & the Bible
Joseph: an Egyptian vizier?
Was Moses at the court of Akhenaten?
The Israelite Exodus: myth or reality?
Was Labayu King Saul?
Who was Solomon's father-in-law?
Who was 'King Shishak of Egypt'?
Further reading
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