Empire, Oil, and Disaster - blog about my new book

A religious sect getting more and more attention of the world. Jews in the Middle East already have problems with them. Coincidentally, a terrible terract happens in the largest city of the empire. The same religious sect is blamed for it. The year is 64 AD. The sect is Christians. The place is Rome of the emperor Nero.
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Saturday, May 14, 2005

Pharaoh's People: Scenes from Life in Imperial Egypt by T. G. H. James

Pharaoh's People: Scenes from Life in Imperial Egypt by T. G. H. James

Do you remember what position Joseph from the Bible had in the Egypt? He was the royal vizier, of tjaty in Egyptian. This book has a chapter on the role of tjaties in the government, life of the country and the whole Egytian history.

Other chapters cover such topics as bucolic life, literacy and status (and you thought the modern life is tough because you have to put your kids through college!), scribes and craftsmen, and the Egyptian economy.

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Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt by Sir Gaston Maspero, Introduction by G. Maspero, Hasan M. El-Shamy

Popular Stories of Ancient Egypt by Sir Gaston Maspero, Introduction by G. Maspero, Hasan M. El-Shamy

The actual stories from the Ancient Egypt. As usual, Oxford University Press did a great job picking up and publishing a first class book, although if the Egypt is not too high on your list of interest, it may be not so interesting for you as it was for me. There are just too many cultural references, invaluable for a researcher or an author, trying to write about Egyptians, but just plainly hard to understand for a general person.

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Living in Ancient Egypt by Don Nardo (editor)

Living in Ancient Egypt by Don Nardo (editor) -- Exploring Cultural History

Pretty goos introductory book at how the life in the Ancient Egypt looked like. By "introductory" I don't mean stupid bunch of illustrations that move from one book on the Ancient Egypt to another, but rather easy language description of family life, status of women (impressively high by the way), everyday food and drink, sport, games, school, professional life -- doctors, metalsmiths, scribes. Plus, of course, the usual stuff -- religion, tombs, but in separate chapters.

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