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Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt | [Barbara Mertz]

Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

Esteemed Egyptologist Barbara Mertz updates her widely praised social history of the people of ancient Egypt, which was originally published in 1968. Combining impeccable scholarship with a delightfully personal style, the author reconstructs the life of the Egyptians from birth to death, and beyond death, too.
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Publisher's Summary

Esteemed Egyptologist Barbara Mertz updates her widely praised social history of the people of ancient Egypt, which was originally published in 1968. Combining impeccable scholarship with a delightfully personal style, the author reconstructs the life of the Egyptians from birth to death, and beyond death, too.

She also presents much fascinating detail on the building of the pyramids and the intricate art of mummification. Students and laymen alike will enjoy the wealth of authentic material on every aspect of Egyptian life that Mertz provides.

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"One can only highly recommend the book." (Natural History)

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    Elizabeth Kenosha, WI, United States 04-03-10
    Elizabeth Kenosha, WI, United States 04-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Brilliant"

    This book was an absolute delight. The narrator understood the cheeky, frank and fun style of the writer, and made it very engaging to listen to.

    The wide variety of topics covered in Ancient Egypt gave you a great overview of life and times. The finely detailed particulars are related to us with a modern sensibility, and an scholarly intelligence that make you want to learn more.

    It's clear the writer adores her subject matter. It's like sitting down to have a feisty professor aunt tell you her favorite stories from Egypt.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia San Clemente, CA, USA 10-17-09
    Georgia San Clemente, CA, USA 10-17-09
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    "Wonderful!"

    My 7 and 10 year old daughters who study a lot of history as home schoolers, LOVE this book. We listen to it every day during meals and in the car. Full of information which brings ancient Egypt to life in an entertaining manner. For adults and young history buffs, a great listen!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-25-13
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 04-25-13 Member Since 2007

    50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction

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    "WHAT A GREAT LISTEN !"

    This book was a real surprise, I mean- what can you really expect from this title? Well how about a superbly written, warm, articulate, intelligent, insightful, memorable experience. In other words, Non-fiction at its best. Though its been years since I listened to this-I can still hear the narration in my head, partly because I relistened to parts of it repeatedly-sure, but mostly because the book and narration worked so well together and told a surprisingly great story, obviously one memorable enough for me to go back years later and still be able to remember how good it was.and want to review it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Plympton, Australia 09-29-12
    Paul Plympton, Australia 09-29-12
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    "A real eye-opener"

    It was great to read a book about ancient Egypt by a real scholar. She dealt firmly but humorously with pyramidology and other esoteric nonsense. Her discussion of Egyptian mathematics and brother-sister marriage was enlightening. I appreciated the author's faithfulness in not straying beyond the evidence. A thoroughly good read.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Metcalfe, ON, Canada 02-15-11
    Kim Metcalfe, ON, Canada 02-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great"

    The book was very interesting and well narrated. The author included enough humorous asides to keep things from getting too dry. Speculation was clearly identified as such, and kept to a minimum. Given the available sources, the author did an admirable job of explaining daily life in ancient Egypt, including the various social classes.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 04-05-12
    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 04-05-12 Member Since 2010

    author of Lowcountry Legend's series

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    "Best History Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Red Land, Black Land to be better than the print version?

    Maybe, but the prose is brilliant and humorous, but the reader does an excellent job of expressing as it was meant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Land, Black Land?

    Every bit of it is interesting and funny, very tongue and cheek


    Which character – as performed by Lorna Raver – was your favorite?

    The author


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The ancients were just like we are


    Any additional comments?

    As a historian, I've been through countless histories and this is the most enjoyable one I have ever read/listened to, historians take themselves far too seriously. Read the companion book to this one, then take on this prolific authors works filled with the sam,e kind of humor, Barbara Michaels and Elizabeth Peters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer New York, NY USA 05-24-14
    Kindle Customer New York, NY USA 05-24-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Perhaps the book is better"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the content for an overview of ancient Egypt although not all subjects were dealt with or dealt with adequately or accurately. Overall I liked the narrator's presentation. However, the usual and inconsistent pronunciation used - with diphthongs as if some of the god names went through a Great Vowel change - was jarring. This along with the missing illustrations of the book made me wish I bought the book instead.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Saras Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-14-10
    Saras Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-14-10
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    "Only 1 part downloads"

    Audible download manager only downloaded part 2 of this program, and so it was confusing.

    1 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    "Accessible and gentle glance through time"

    Not everyone is going to like the style of this book. It is written (and by the way brilliantly read) very much like a knowledgeable older relative who is holding a cup of tea and chatting amiably about different aspects of Ancient Egyptian life. If you like your history delivered in sober lecture-like style then this might seem rather too friendly and relaxed, but if you just have an average interest in what it was really like to live in ancient Egypt then this book is for you. There is plenty of humour, and you could sometimes believe the author is making it up as they go along, yet I dare say there has been plenty of scholarly research behind it.

    The subjects cover all aspects of life, but I was surprised when I heard chapters on pyramid building and embalming, neither of which are really much to do with ordinary life for most Egyptians. If the author has sometimes strayed into more certain if exceptional territory, then it does not dominate the book, and most of the time we learn about food, housing, social conventions and that kind of thing.

    It's all very gentle and relaxed, and the reader does a superb job of passing that style on, making you think you are listening to the author herself. What you won't hear is lists of pharaohs and their achievements, although a little knowledge of the history of the civilisation does help.

    What I am calling accessible some might call patronising, but I guess that depends on how you like to hear your book. I've read plenty on ancient Egypt, and had no problem with the way this one was written. For those with an interest in ancient lives this book is definitely recommended, but those that prefer dry, scholarly works might like to give it a miss.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
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    6/20/09
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    "Sarah Palin meets Amenhotep"

    I couldn't finish this. The combination of patronising, folksy content and condescending 'I'm talking to really stupid children' delivery drove me up the wall. Ancient Egypt deserves better than this. Listen to Herodotus instead.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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