| Egypt and Nubia
Recommended Titles for Adults
NOVA: The Mummy Who Would Be King (WGBH: 2006)
The full story of a forgotten mummy, rescued from a dusty museum shelf at Niagara Falls to find a second life at the Carlos Museum. Compelling evidence suggests it may indeed be the remains of Ramesses I, founder of ancient Egypt’s most illustrious dynasty. This DVD includes materials and activities for educators, a link to the NOVA Web site, closed captions, and described video for the visually impaired. $19.95.
The Pyramids, the Sphinx Peter Lacovara (Bunker Hill: 2004)
This new book from the Carlos Museum Curator of Ancient Art is an illustrated survey of the Giza plateau and its monuments. The latest information on excavations and interpretation are accompanied by geological, historical, and social context, with less well-known monuments and private tombs, rarely described in other archaeological guides, also featured. $19.95 hardcover.
Art of Ancient Egypt Dr. Gay Robins (Harvard: 1997)
Dr. Robins, curator of Egyptian art for the Carlos Museum, presents
a thorough introduction to the art of ancient Egypt. Spanning 3,000
years of history, the author surveys art and architecture with particular
sensitivity to the complex ways in which historical, religious, and
social changes are related to changes in Egyptian art. With over 300
illustrations in color and black & white. $24.95 softcover.
Women in Ancient Egypt Dr. Gay Robins (Harvard: 1996)
Dr. Robins, curator of Egyptian art for the Carlos Museum, reevaluates
the roles and importance of women in ancient Egyptian society as depicted
in the art and written records of the time. The exceptional few women
who assumed real power are discussed as well as the more traditional
everyday roles of women in Egyptian culture with assessments of their
depiction in art as it portrays their position in society. The special
role of women in religious rites is also surveyed. 205 pages, with
black & white illustrations throughout, plus chronology. $19.95 softcover.
Dr. Gay Robins (Shire Publications: 2001)
This title in the Shire Egyptology series examines the materials and techniques employed by sculptors, the various statue types and poses, as well as the function of statuary, the notion of the ideal image reflecting role and status, and changes through time and influences on Greek sculpture. $12 softcover. Also available by Dr. Gay Robins: Egyptian Painting and Relief, Proportion
and Style in Ancient Egyptian Art.
Barbara Adams (Shire Publications: 1988)
Another excellent title in the Shire Egyptology series, this
book provides a concise history of the development of the process
of mummification in Egypt, including an updated chapter summarizing
modern research into the subject from Greek times up to the present.
64 pages, with black & white illustrations. $12 softcover. Other
Shire titles include Egyptian Shabtis, Egyptian Temples,
Egyptian Warfare and Weapons, Egyptian Pyramids and Mastaba
Mummies & Magic: The Funerary Arts of Ancient Egypt Sue D'Auria, Peter Lacovara, Catharine Roehrig (MFA, Boston: 1988)
This title (coauthored by Carlos Museum curator Peter Lacovara) served
as catalogue to an exhibition on the funerary beliefs and practices
of the Egyptians and presents a wealth of detail for the general reader,
with discussions and illustrations of mummies, painted shrouds, canopic
jars, funerary statuettes and other items accompanying the dead into
the afterlife. $19.95 softcover.
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt Richard H. Wilkinson (Thames & Hudson: 2003)
This well-illustrated and authoritative guide examines the evolution, worship, and eventual decline of the numerous gods and goddesses that made Egypt the most theocratic society of the ancient world. $39.95 hardcover.
to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Teach Yourself
Mark Collier and Bill Manley (University of CA: 1998)
The authors have years of experience teaching non-specialists how
to translate the kind of hieroglyphs found in funerary writings and
tomb scenes. Leading the reader through different aspects of script
and grammar, they offer intriguing insights into ancient Egyptian
art and culture. $24.95 hardcover.
Hieroglyphs for Travelers Thomas Mudloff & Ronald Fellows (Fellows:
This spiral-bound portable guide provides a simple course in translating Egyptian hieroglyphs with special emphasis for tourists visiting archaeology sites, allowing for quick and easy decipherment of the names of pharaohs, queens, gods, magical formulas, and ancient curses. $14.95 spiralbound.
Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and
Sculpture Richard H. Wilkinson (Thames & Hudson: 1992)
This multi-purpose reference provides the key to the hidden meanings
in Egyptian art, serving as an encyclopedia of the major signs and
symbols, a visual compendium of artistic motifs, and a thematically
organized sourcebook of Egyptian religious beliefs and ideas. $19.95
The Nubian Pharaohs: Black Kings on the Nile Charles Bonnet and Dominique Valbelle (Am Univ of Cairo: 2007)
For over half a century, the Nubian pharaohs governed a combined kingdom of Egypt and Nubia, with an empire stretching from the Delta to the upper reaches of the Nile. This beautifully illustrated book illuminates the epic history of this little-known historical era. Combining the latest archaeological research with stunning photography, the authors narrate recent discoveries in the Sudan that will change our understanding of Egypt and Africa in the ancient world. $49.95 hardcover.
Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt Richard H. Wilkinson (Thames
& Hudson: 1997)
most current survey of these "Mansions of the Gods" includes
their historical development, construction, symbolism, and function,
and features an extensive catalogue and guide to all known Egyptian
author's other books include Reading Egyptian Art and The
Complete Valley of the Kings.
Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt Peter A. Clayton (Thames & Hudson: 1994)
Using timelines and other visual aids, this volume discusses all the rulers and dynasties of Egypt in their chronological order and serves as a popular history as well as an essential work of reference and a visual introduction to the extraordinary diversity and richness of Egypt. 224 pages with 350 illustrations, 130 in color, bibliography, and index. $24.95 softcover.
Complete Pyramids: Solving the Ancient Mysteries Mark Lehner (Thames & Hudson: 1997)
This, the first fully illustrated compendium of every major pyramid
of Ancient Egypt, examines these fascinating monuments in unprecedented
detail, bringing together the practical aspects - the quarries, the
ramps and tolls used in constructing them - as well as the conceptual
- the cosmology and iconography of the pyramids and the intriguing
Pyramid texts. 256 pages with 556 illustrations, 83 in color. $39.95
Complete Valley of the Kings Nicholas Reeves and Richard H. Wilkinson
(Thames & Hudson: 1996)
The definitive account of the world's most famous royal cemetery,
with detailed coverage of over 80 tombs with lists of contents and
cutaway views, the latest findings of current digs, including the
new excavation of the tomb for the sons of Ramesses the Great, and
a visitor's guide to the valley. 224 pages, with hundreds of black
& white and color illustrations throughout. $39.95 hardcover.
Egypt: The World of the Pharaohs Regine Schulz & Matthias Seidel, eds. (Konemann: 2004)
Illustrated with more than 800 photographs, drawings, maps, and diagrams, this wide-ranging book presents the rich legacy of ancient Egypt in its many aspects, spanning prehistoric times and the Greco-Roman period, detailing the astonishing architectural, artistic, and technological achievements of Egyptian culture, as well as its advanced system of writing, the quality of its literature, and the all-embracing philosophy of ancient Egypt. $39.95 hardcover.
Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day Translation by
Dr. Raymond Faulkner (Chronicle Books: 2000)
Written some 3,500 years ago, the Papyrus of Ani is the most complete,
ornate, and best-preserved example of ancient Egyptian philosophical
and religious thought. Presented here for the first time in its original
form, with the hieroglyphic images matched to what has been acknowledged
as the finest English translation of the text, the Egyptian Book of
the Dead opens the door to one of humanity's earliest and finest spiritual
treasures. 176 pages, with full color illustrations throughout plus
glossary. $29.95 softcover.
Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
Edited by Ian Shaw (Oxford: 2000)
This broad survey gathers the work of fourteen of the world's leading
Egyptologists and archaeologists to provide a detailed view of Egypt
from the early Stone Age to its incorporation into the Roman Empire.
This is a very readable and thorough chronological history with over
150 illustrations, and constitutes an excellent up-to-date single-volume
general history of ancient Egypt. $18.95 softcover.
of Ancient Egypt: An Introduction Erik Hornung (Cornell: 1999)e that
A concise and authoritative introduction by a renowned Egyptologist,
revealing the turbulent events and significant developments through
three thousand years of Egyptian history. Originally published in
German, this important and highly useful survey has been revised for
this English edition. With over 50 illustrations, updated bibliography,
glossary, and chronological table. $19.95 softcover.
Nubia: Egypt's Rival in Africa David O'Connor (Univ Museum/Univ
of PA: 1993)
This book, originally accompanying an exhibition of Nubian art, synthesizes
current knowledge and theories on ancient Nubia with reconstructive
drawings of buildings and cemeteries, maps, and a checklist (including
35 full color plates) of all objects in the exhibition. $30 softcover.
Kingdom of Kush: The Napatan and Meroitic Empires Derek A. Welsby
(Markus Wiener: 1998)
During the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., the rulers of Kush controlled
Egypt as pharaohs of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty. This title illuminates
much that is known about this people and their history, and also contributes
to an ongoing debate concerning Black Africa's role in the cultural
development of ancient Egypt. $20.95 softcover.
Recommended Titles for Ages 10 and up
Go After the Sun: A Teacher's Guide to the Egyptian Galleries (MCCM: 2003)
Produced by the Education Department of the Carlos Museum, this guide has been prepared for use in the classroom as background on the history and art of ancient Egypt and Nubia, and includes a CD of images from the Carlos Museum's collection of Egyptian and Nubian art. $20 spiralbound.
Egyptology Emily Sands et al (Candlewick: 2004)
Written as an amateur Egyptologist's travel journal from 1926, each spread covers a distinct area of antiquity with photos, reproductions, and sketches that make the journal seem more realistic. Includes papyrus pull-outs, pop-up art, minibooks, and fold-out maps and an envelope in the back with period postcards. $19.99 hardcover.
Write Like an Ancient Egyptian (Scholastic: 2003)
Learn to write in hieroglyphs with easy-to-follow instructions and a removable stenciled alphabet. Produced with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this set includes puzzles, stickers, stencil, and papyrus-like stationary. $12.99 spiralbound.
50 Hands-On Activities to Experience Ancient Egypt Avery Hart
and Paul Mantell (Williamson: 1997)
This activity-filled book allow kids to actively experience the wonders
of Ancient Egypt through games, ancient recipes for flatbread, ancient
grid-system drawing techniques, building a living model of the Nile,
creating pyramids from clay and cardboard, and much more. $10.95 paper.
The Egypt Game Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Dell: 1967)
Two young protagonists stumble upon a deserted storage yard behind the A-Z Antiques and Curio Shop, deciding it is the perfect spot for the Egypt Game. Strange things soon develop. Three-time Newberry Honor Winner. $5.99 softcover.
of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings (National Geographic:
Examines the burial ground of pharaohs, including the tombs of Tutankhamun,
Ramses II, and Seti I, with information on tomb building, mummies,
artifacts, and archaeology. Well illustrated throughout with photographs
and drawings. $17.95 hardcover.
Mummy James Putman (Knopf: 1993)
Discover the eternal secrets of mummies - from the embalmed dead of
ancient Egypt to bodies preserved in bogs, sand, and ice. An excellent
basic sourcebook crammed with detailed photography and illustrations.
64 pages, with full color photographs throughout. $15.99 hardcover.
Other Eyewitness titles: Pyramid, Ancient Egypt.
Joyce Milton (Grosset & Dunlap: 2000)
This handy book not only discusses the Egyptian writing system and
the role of hieroglyphs in Egypt,but includes a handy stencil set
of the hieroglyph alphabet with a chart defining the single sounds
each represents so that kids can create their own hieroglyphic messages.
Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt Gill Harvey (Usborne: 2001)
This lavishly illustrated encyclopedia describes the history of Egypt from its origins along the banks of the Nile to its transformation into one of the world's greatest civilizations. Includes time chart, who's who, details of recent archaeological finds, and lists of educational websites. $19.95 hardcover.
Egypt and Their Neighbors Marian Broida (Chicago Review: 1999)
Fun hands-on projects help young explorers connect with the ancient
cultures of the Nubians, Mesopotamians, Hittites, and Egyptians: construct
a model Egyptian boat and learn about trade along the Nile, build
an irrigation machine and learn how Nubians grew crops in the desert,
craft Egyptian kilts and bracelets (all projects require only household
or easily found materials). $16.95 softcover.
People of the Ancient World: The Ancient Egyptians Lila Perl (Franklin Watts: 2004)
This book explores ancient Egypt rhough its social structure, looking at its people, the duties of pharaohs, the activities of mummy makers, and much more. Includes a biographical dictionary, glossary, and time line showing key events in Egyptian history. $9.95 softcover.
Lift the Lid on the Mummy (Running Press: 1998)
A hands-on guide to creating mummies. This set comes with everything required to create your own mummy, including plastic body with select internal organs, canopic jar lids, gauze, and a 24 page book filled with information about ancient Egyptian and mummification. $22.95 kit.
Recommended Titles for Ages 5-9
Made in Egypt Aliki (HarperCollins: 1979)
Step by step, follow the process of mummification from the embalmer's
slab, where the corpse was made ready, down into the tomb, where the
mummy was sealed and sent to its new life in eternity. Written and
brightly illustrated by the author of The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus.
Ages 8-12. $6.95 softcover.
of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs
James Rumford (Houghton Mifflin: 2000)
Written and illustrated by a linguist, this is the illustrated story
of Jean-Francois Champollion's quest for knowledge and his important
work translation of the Rosetta Stone. 32 pages illustrated with a
key to reading hieroglyphs, for ages 6 and up. $15
Magic Tree House Research Guide: Mummies and Pyramids Will Oxborne and Mary Pope Osborne (Random House: 2001)
Researchers for the Metropolitan Museum of Art welcome children to join them as they research mummies and pyramids in ancient Egypt. Includes fun facts, photos, illustrations, definitions, and more. $4.99 softcover.
Egyptian Gods and Goddesses Henry Barker (Grosset & Dunlap: 1999)
This beginning reader in the All Aboard Reading series discusses the many gods and goddesses in Egypt along with beliefs about the afterlife and the preparation of mummies for their voyage to the Underworld. $3.99 softcover.
Chest: Ancient Egypt (Running Press: 1994)
This kit includes: scarab board game, informative book illustrated
in full color and written by an expert from the British Museum, a
key to your kit, hieroglyph rubber stamps to create your own messages,
a rubber stamp holder, sheet of papyrus, authentic beads and stone
replica of shabti figure to create an ancient Egyptian necklace, and
a secret compartment containing a hieroglyph decoder, map and stickers,
grid picture, Senet board game, and charts of gods and pharaohs. $22.95 kit.
in Ancient Egypt Coloring Book John Green (Dover Publications,
Included are expertly drawn full-page illustrations
of Cleopatra, Ramses II, the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife
Nefertiti, as well as scenes depicting many aspects of Egyptian life
- construction of the six-story step pyramid at Sakkara, fishing and
farming along the Nile, the Sphinx and pyramids at Giza, manufacture
and use papyrus, children's toys and games, a market scene in Thebes,
an embalming workshop, and more. $3.95 softcover.
am the Mummy Heb-Nefert Eve Bunting, Illustrated by David Christiana
(Harcourt Brace: 1997)
Clad with flowing linen robes, adorned with jewels, pampered by servants,
Heb-Nefert, with her royal husband, led a life of leisure and joy
on the banks of the Nile long ago. Now she lies, a mummy, in a glass
case for museum visitors to marvel at, and she reflects, telling us
the story of her life in ancient Egypt. 30 pages, with full color
illustrations. $6 softcover.
Art in History: Ancient Egyptian Art Susie Hodge (Heinemann: 1998)
This title covers the basics of Egyptian art, sculpture, writing, and mummification for young readers, with full color photos of ancient art, a historical timeline, glossary, and more. $6.95 softcover.
What Came from Egypt Miles Harvey (Franklin Watts: 1998)
This series focuses on inventions, food, animals, fashions,musical
instruments, and toys that originated in Egypt and can still be found
today. For example, ancient Egyptians created one of the first police
forces in history (they trained baboons instead of dogs to assist
them!) and Egyptian tombs have flutes, wigs, and toy balls that resemble
contemporary styles. 32 pages with color illustrations throughout.