View Full Version : So what are some good "Egypt for Dummies" websites?
05-13-2004, 03:15 PM
I know a little bit about Egypt, most of which I learned here and there, from places like Pharaoh, and from National Geographic, and so on.
But I'd like to know more. And some of the links I've found tend to be for people who already know a lot about Egypt. I'm looking for more of a broad overview and timeline, from the Pre-Dynastic period to the Ptolemys, accompanied by deeper info for specific topics.
Anything like that out there?
05-13-2004, 08:10 PM
Google will give you almost 3 MILLION hits on 'ancient egypt' which is no help. Here's a few sites I've found useful. I have to admit I haven't really looked for a site that covers the basics, since my little personal library covers that well enough.
Of course, if you have questions, I'm sure the fine folks here can come up with an answer. :)
Those sites are very good.
This is a lovely site. I got the CD as well. :)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/pyramid/ for info on pyramids and seeing inside them on a virtual tour.
http://showcase.netins.net/web/ankh/elinks1.html some interesting Links.
http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk//house/index.html 3D rendition of houses with roofs off so you can see inside. ;) Good site for other stuff too.
http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk//3d/thebes.html 3D temples at Thebes.
http://www.egyptsites.co.uk/ Lovely pix of sites in Egypt and traveller info on which are open to visitors now.
http://www.kzoo.edu/hdsr/k94mw02/international.html Vrious info on Crete, Greece, Egypt..
http://www.ancientscripts.com/egyptian.html Hieroglyphics etc here.
http://www.newton.cam.ac.uk/egypt/othere.html Other useful Ancient Egypt stuff as the page says..;)
http://egyptologist.org/discus/messages/24/24.html?1052357049 - and a forum about it too.
http://www.egyptologyonline.com/site_index.htm Egyptology online.
Hope these help too. :)
05-16-2004, 07:46 PM
This group has been interesting to watch. Here you can find information posted by Egyptologists and Egyptophiles. You have to ask for membership, so indicate your sincerity in real study, not space ships in Egypt. :p
Mayati is a moderator at that site and also at the "Hall of Maat".
05-16-2004, 08:52 PM
AND! The World Book Encyclopedia! :) Well...Britannica would probably work too. ;)
To be quite honest, I've found Encarta more use than the CD version of Britannica.. it is too general, not enough details. But whatever, encyclopedias can only give you a taste for the good books.
Here's a good book I have - Everyay Life in Ancient Egypt, by Pierre Montet, an Egyptologist. The book is friendly, informative, and chatty - loved the way he drops into the vernacular by when talking about Pharaoh quoting what they said then putting this, "(Life, Health, Strength)" as they would have sais when mentiuoning the king's name. ;)
You'll also find it peppered with almost anecdotal stories of the times and accounts from papyrii as if the writer is in the company of old friends. :) It brings it so alive for me.
A very valuable book to me. :)
ISBN 0-8122-1113-8 paperback 1981 translation by A R Maxwell-Hyslop & Margaret Drower pub University of Pennsylvania Press Phildelphia.
05-17-2004, 04:22 PM
Actually...I was talking about the book forms. ;) I've read the World Book one. That was pretty good. But Encarta tends to be good too.
You know...the title leaves me wondering. You know there a whole series of books "For Dummies" Like Programming For Dummies (That's where I started) Selling Houes For Dummies. I wonder...if there's a book called Ancient Egypt For Dummies...that'd be kewl. ;) lol. Just a rambling thought.
05-17-2004, 09:17 PM
Ya know, i almost think ive seen that somewhere... Maybe ii'll google it...
Yes, there is such a book. Saw it in a bookshop and could barely belive my eyes! I did look at it but it hasn't the depth of info I need now. ;)
Can't really rate it for a beginner to this interesting ancient civilization, but suggest you give it a personal look in a shop as the Dummies series for computers etc is excellent. ;)
05-18-2004, 12:12 AM
I know...as I said. That's where I got started with programming. ;)
05-18-2004, 07:47 AM
I've flipped through it. It's a decent introduction to ancient Egypt, and should give you enough information to at least get started if you don't know much about Egypt.
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