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“Life can be a challenge when your mother gi…

“Life can be a challenge when your mother gives your friends dead mice in your birthday goody bags and offers to mummify your class pet bunny. Amun Ra (yes, like the Egyptian god) shares the story of his endlessly embarrassing and unconventional life with his Mummy, the famous Egyptologist Amilas Marquis.

He regales his readers with adventures of crossing continents, of narrow escapes with stolen artifacts, of death defying run-ins with scorpions, not to mention the humiliation in the face of his peers, with his mother’s graphic stories of ancient rites and severed body parts. Along the way, he shares his knowledge about ancient Egypt and the modern Middle East, as well as Europe and North America.”

Fun Things to Do with Dead Animals: Egyptology, Ruins, My Life, by

Eden Unger Bowditch, Salima Ikram.

The American University in Cairo Press.

“While his private life is barely mentioned – …

“While his private life is barely mentioned – it seems that he was either self-created, that he was a motherless son of Ra, or that he was, perhaps, the ‘son of two fathers’, born to Seth and Horus. He was married either to the obscure goddess Nehmettawy or to Seshat, the patroness of mathematics, architecture and astronomy, who might also be either his sister or his daughter.

Thoth continually appears as a peripheral character in other people’s tales where, invariably, he acts as a calming influence and displays great wisdom. However, even the most mild mannered of accountants may be capable of violence. The original Thoth, the Thoth who appears in the Pyramid Texts, is an altogether more aggressive knife wielding being, prone to decapitate the enemies of the deceased.”

The Penguin Book of Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt, by Joyce Tyldesley

“Interestingly, images of Hatshepsut as quee…

“Interestingly, images of Hatshepsut as queen – from before her claim to the throne – were left untouched. Only reliefs and statuary that supported the presumption of her kingship were revised. Thutmose III was attacking only Hatshepsut’s kingly ambitions and actions, not her soul as a woman or a human being. In fact, he seems to have been content to coexist with her depictions as God’s Wife, King’s Daughter, and King’s Wife. But portraits and texts showing her as king caused him grief, enough to create an ideological purge twenty-five years after her death.”

The Woman Who Would Be King, by Kara Cooney

“Pharaoh Seti I ruled Egypt for only 11 years …

“Pharaoh Seti I ruled Egypt for only 11 years (1290-1279 BC), but his reign marked a revival of Egyptian military and economic power, as well as cultural and religious life. Seti was born the son of a military officer in northern Egypt, far from the halls of power in Memphis and Thebes. However, when the last king of the 18th Dynasty, Horemheb, died without an heir, Seti’s father was named king. He ruled for only two years before dying of old age, leaving Seti in charge of an ailing superpower. 

Seti set about rebuilding Egypt after a century of dynastic struggles and religious unrest. He reasserted Egypt’s might with a series of campaigns across the Levant, Libya and Nubia. He despatched expeditions to mine for copper, gold, and quarry for stone in the deserts, laying the foundations for one of the most ambitious building projects of any Egyptian Pharaoh and his actions allowed his son, Ramesses the Great to rule in relative peace and stability for 69 years, building on the legacy of his father.”

― Pharaoh Seti I: Father of Egyptian Greatness, by Nicky Nielsen

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“Female rulers are a rare phenomenon–but thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, women reigned supreme. Regularly, repeatedly, and with impunity, queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra controlled the totalitarian state as power-brokers and rulers. But throughout human history, women in positions of power were more often used as political pawns in a male-dominated society. What was so special about ancient Egypt that provided women this kind of access to the highest political office? What was it about these women that allowed them to transcend patriarchal obstacles? What did Egypt gain from its liberal reliance on female leadership, and could today’s world learn from its example?”


When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt, by Kara Cooney

“King Sethy I (also transcribed as Seti, Sethi…

“King Sethy I (also transcribed as Seti, Sethi and Sethos) ruled for around a decade in the early thirteenth century BC. His lifetime coincided with a crucial point in Egyptian history, following the ill-starred religious revolution of Akhenaten, and heralding the last phase of Egypt’s imperial splendor. 

As the second scion of a wholly new royal family, his reign did much to set the agenda for the coming decades, both at home and abroad. Sethy was also a great builder, apparently with exquisite artistic taste, to judge from the unique quality of the decoration of his celebrated monuments at Abydos and Thebes.”

Sethy I, King of Egypt: His Life and Afterlife, by Aidan Dodson

“This fascinating saga spans 3,000 years of Eg…

“This fascinating saga spans 3,000 years of Egyptian queenship from Early Dynastic times until the suicide of Cleopatra in 30 BC. Starting with the unique role enjoyed by Egypt’s women in the ancient world, the book goes on to present a biographical portrait of every queen, supplemented by a wealth of pictorial detail, datafiles, genealogical trees, timelines, and special features―from Childbirth to Wigs―highlighting different aspects of Egyptian culture.

The queen of Egypt was, first and foremost, a supportive wife and mother, but in times of dynastic crisis she was expected to act as her husband’s deputy. The queen might be required to marshal troops, or to rule on behalf of an infant son. She might even be called upon to rule in her own right in the absence of a suitable king. The female pharaohs Hatshepsut and Tawosret, the sun queens Tiy and Nefertiti, the seductive Nefertari and Cleopatra: many of Egypt’s queens have left an indelible mark on their country’s history.”

Chronicle of the Queens of Egypt: From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra

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“Despite Seth’s widely known negative character traits, his worship continued until the Roman Period, and he maintained an important position in both personal religious piety and state ideology. It is likely that the Egyptians wanted to see in their king a combination of the attributes of both Horus and Seth. Thus Hatshepsut recorded upon her obelisk at Karnak Temple: ‘as I wear the White Crown, as I appear in the Red Crown, as Horus and Seth have united for me their two halves, as I ruled this land like the son of Isis [i.e. Horus], as I have become strong like the son of Nut [i.e. Seth]’. Strong and cunning go together.”

― Mummies, Magic and Medicine in Ancient Egypt: Multidisciplinary Essays for Rosalie David

“From about 2000 BCE onward, Egypt served as a…

“From about 2000 BCE onward, Egypt served as an important nexus for cultural exchange in the eastern Mediterranean, importing and exporting not just wares but also new artistic techniques and styles. Egyptian, Greek, and Roman craftsmen imitated one another’s work, creating cultural and artistic hybrids that transcended a single tradition. Yet in spite of the remarkable artistic production that resulted from these interchanges, the complex vicissitudes of exchange between Egypt and the Classical world over the course of nearly 2500 years have not been comprehensively explored in a major exhibition or publication in the United States. It is precisely this aspect of Egypt’s history, however, that Beyond the Nile uncovers.

Renowned scholars have come together to provide compelling analyses of the constantly evolving dynamics of cultural exchange, first between Egyptians and Greeks—during the Bronze Age, then the Archaic and Classical periods of Greece, and finally Ptolemaic Egypt—and later, when Egypt passed to Roman rule with the defeat of Cleopatra.”

Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World

“The Egypt that so enticed and enchanted intre…

“The Egypt that so enticed and enchanted intrepid archaeologist-sleuth Amelia Peabody in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries was a place of wonder, mystery, danger, and the lure of antiquity. Now, with this monumental volume of Egyptian culture, history, and arcania, readers will be able to immerse themselves in the great lady’s world more completely than ever before.

Journey through the bustling streets and markets of Cairo a hundred years ago. Surround yourself with the customs and color of a bygone time. Explore ancient tombs and temples and marvel at the history of this remarkable land – from the age of the pharaohs through the Napoleonic era to the First World War. Also included in Amelia Peabody’s Egypt are a hitherto unpublished journal entry and intimate biographies of the Emersons and their friends, which provide a uniquely personal view of the lives, relationships, opinions, politics, and delightful eccentricities of mystery’s first family, as well as unforgettable pearls of wit and wisdom from everyone’s favorite fictional Egyptologist herself.”

Amelia Peabody’s Egypt, by Elizabeth Peters