Drawing on a lifetime of research, John Romer chronicles the history of Ancient Egypt from the building of the Great Pyramid through the rise and fall of the Middle Kingdom: a peak of Pharaonic culture and the period when writing first flourished. Through extensive research over many decades of work, reveals how the grand narratives of 19th and 20th century Egyptologists have misled us by portraying a culture of cruel monarchs and chronic war. Instead, based in part on discoveries of the past two decades, this extraordinary account shows what we can really learn from the remaining architecture, objects, and writing: a history based on physical reality.
"Many kinds of readers . . . will enjoy this beautifully written book. This grand tour of grain bins, tombs, temples, and pyramids will take them on an absorbing adventure."—The Wall Street Journal
"Scholarly, passionate, and exquisitely written . . . it is remarkable how this book gives us almost nothing of the ancient Egypt we think we know . . . [Romer writes] with all the care and exactitude of a pharanoic engineer with a plumb line . . . a stunning, clear-sighted history of ancient Egypt."—The Sunday Times (UK)
"His physical descriptions are superb . . . A book to be read and thought about."—Financial Times (UK)
"After a long wait, we have an up-to-date, stimulating account of the birth of what may turn out to be the world's oldest civilization."—Nature (UK)
"Fascinating reading with abundant illustrations, Romer's long experience and practical, fresh outlook bring this civilization to life."—Kirkus Reviews
"Scholarly yet accessible to the nonspecialist, this iconoclastic study will thoroughly engage all Egyptophiles."—Library Journal (starred review)