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Ancient Egypt: All That Matters

Barry J Kemp

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All That Matters, History of art: ancient & classical art,BCE to c 5, Prose: non-fiction, African history, Ancient history: to c 500 CE, Egyptian archaeology / Egyptology, Ancient Egyptian religion & mythology

How did Ancient Egypt prosper for so long?

Written by one of the world's leading Egyptologists who oversees major excavations in Egypt and has written the leading full-length textbook on Ancient Egypt, Ancient Egypt: All That Matters examines the longest lasting human civilisation's history and legacy.

All That Matters books are written by the world's leading experts to introduce the most exciting and relevant areas of an important topic to students and general readers. From Bioethics to Muhammad and Philosophy to Sustainability, the All That Matters series covers the most controversial and engaging topics from science, philosophy, history, religion and other fields. The authors are world-class academics or top public intellectuals, on a mission to bring the most interesting and challenging areas of their subject to new readers. Each book contains a unique '100 ideas' section, giving inspiration to readers whose interest has been piqued and who want to explore the subject further.

For three thousand years a dominant force, Ancient Egypt is arguably the most successful and longest lasting human civilization yet. In this pacy guide, world renowned Egyptologist, Professor Barry Kemp, seeks to explain why Ancient Egypt was able to thrive with such stability for such a long time. The answers may be surprising - Kemp shows that human rights and career progression played an important role, as well as the traditional forces of slave labour and religion.

Taking a thematic approach, Kemp examines ancient Egypt's geography, rulers, society, morality, family life, art and architecture, military, science, philosophy and religion. He then goes on to ask what happened to Ancient Egypt, and to point to its lasting influence today. Ancient Egypt: All That Matters is perfect for those who want to gain a sound grasp of the subject quickly, and those looking for a good entry-level book as a starting point for further study.

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