O is for Oxford
I’m doing folklore and book review posts to reach and please a larger audience. Previous years have shown select interest in both and to minimise blogging throughout the year, I’m focusing my efforts on April.
Focusing on an A to Z of my TBR (to be read) list, each letter will have books starting with that letter on my list, a book I’ve read and reviewed (with the review!) and one of my books matching the letter with a link about more info about the book (I’ve published some new books, so take a look).
I chose the books this year quite randomly from my Goodreads Want to Read page. Some are quite creatively added to letters.
I know there were suggestions in last year’s Reflection post that I skip my TBR and just get on with the review, but I like knowing what I have left to read for each letter (and how far I’ve come with all the reading challenges I’ve done) so things are staying the same. Scroll down to the reviews if you’re not interested in what my TBR still contains. FYI, you might encounter issues with commenting if you don’t tick all the boxes marked as mandatory (especially the privacy one).
Let the fun begin!
If you’d rather check out my folklore post for today, go here.
About the Book I’ve Read
The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt edited by Ian Shaw
Blending vividly written essays and over a hundred attractive illustrations–including 32 color plates–The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a stunningly designed and authoritative account of the once glorious civilization on the Nile.
Ranging from 700,000 BC to 311 AD, this volume portrays the emergence and development of Egypt from its prehistoric roots to its conquest by the Roman Empire. The contributors–all leading scholars working at the cutting edge of Egyptology–incorporate the latest findings in archaeological
research as they chart the principal political events of Egyptian history, from the rise of the Pharaohs and the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great, to the ascension of the Ptolemies and the coming of Roman legions. The book also includes the first detailed examinations of three periods which
were previously regarded as “dark ages.” Against the backdrop of the birth and death of ruling dynasties, the writers also examine cultural and social patterns, including stylistic developments in art and literature, monumental architecture, funerary beliefs, and much more. The contributors
illuminate the underlying patterns of social and political change and describe the changing face of ancient Egypt, from the biographical details of individuals to the social and economic factors that shaped the lives of the people as a whole.
The only up-to-date, single-volume history of ancient Egypt available in English, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a “must read” for everyone interested in one of the great civilizations of antiquity.
Check it out on Goodreads.
This is true non-fiction without the fanciful elements I so adore (for example, there wasn’t much about the Egyptian gods or what they were like). As another reviewer on Goodreads remarked: one should probably not dive into the deep end with this, but start with some lighter reading to prepare for all the knowledge this tome wants to impart. There’s a lot about politics (did you know that each new king was the start of a new calendar as it was seen as a new beginning?) but not much about the arts. My inner archaeologist was thrilled, of course, while reading this book. And I found it easy to read, unlike some other texts I’ve tried that seem to speak over the reader opposed to at them.
I’ll have to read it again after I’ve read some primers on the subject to make it easier for me to grasp everything while reading instead of having to think it over (and sometimes Google stuff).
Over the Hills and Far Away
I hope you enjoyed this. For more books I’ve read and reviewed, check out either my Pinterest board about reviews or my Goodreads profile. Alternatively, you can check out my reviews on BookBub. Have you read any of the books? Loved or hated any of them?
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