Ancient Egyptians: People of the Pyramids (Oxford Profiles) by Rosalie F. Baker

By Rosalie F. Baker

The final word who is who of historic Egypt, Ancient Egyptians is a fascinating examine the traditional global via its vital leaders. integrated are biographies of:
* The exceptional Imhotep, who set the traditional for pyramid-building
* Nefertiti, the well known beauty
* Khufu, the builder of the good Pyramid
* Hatshepsut, a girl pharaoh who defied culture and known as herself "king"
* Tutankhamun, whose tomb unveiled amazing riches
* Rameses the nice, the final majestic king of historic Egypt
* Ptahhotep, the good philosopher and statesman for King Izezi

Ancient Egyptians finds how Egyptian society was once built, its religions, burial rituals, structure, and the heritage and practices of archaeology that experience introduced all this data to light.

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Disembarking once he reached the chosen port, he advanced against the rebels on foot and killed every one. This is the first recorded account of an Egyptian attack against Palestine. Pepi I died shortly after Weni's victory in the north. Pepi's son and successor, Mernere, appointed Weni to one of the nation's most powerful posts—the governorship of southern Egypt. Control of this area was critical to Egypt's economic prosperity because it was home to the trade route linking Nubia and Egypt. Weni's talents, however, were too valuable to keep him working only in this position.

On that day, a photographer who was helping the American Egyptologist George Reisner survey tombs near the Great Pyramid suddenly lurched forward when one of the legs of his tripod slipped into a hole. Workers slowly cleared limestone blocks from the hole—a shaft almost 100 feet in length. After a little more digging, they removed a block of wall filling and peered into a small room—Hetepheres's burial chamber. The beautiful sealed alabaster sarcophagus was empty. Yet everything the queen might need in the afterlife was here for her use, including a bed, a carrying chair, and two armchairs.

Imports played a dominant role in Egyptian life, and the king looked for people on whom he could rely to keep the imports coming on a regular basis, people who did not hesitate to find their way around the dangerous cataracts on the Nile. The king also wanted people who would not hesitate to be aggressive and take advantage of new trading opportunities. Harkhuf was such a man, and both Mernere and Pepi II readily employed his services. Harkhuf had welcomed every order to lead an expedition and had faced all difficulties with courage and the will to succeed.

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