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Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate Collection

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Egyptology books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt (2004)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionFrom stories of resurrected mummies and thousand-year-old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination. Now, in Egyptian Mythology, Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth.Spanning Ancient Egyptian culture–from 3200 BC to AD 400–Pinch opens a door to this hidden world and casts light on its often misunderstood belief system. She discusses the nature of myths and the history of Egypt, from the predynastic to the postpharaonic…
Author(s): Geraldine Pinch

2. Egyptology Coloring Book (Ologies) (2017)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionWho can resist the allure of ancient Egypt — and the thrill of exploring mysteries that lay hidden for thousands of years? Now dedicated Egyptologists and avid coloring fans alike can put pencil or marker to the page and bring extraordinary treasures to life. The images found within include hieroglyphs, pyramids, artifacts, statuary, and mummy masks such as those discovered inside the tomb of King Tut himself….
Author(s): Emily Sands, Various

3. The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Book of Going Forth by Day The Complete Papyrus of Ani Featuring Integrated Text and Fill-Color Images (History … Mythology Books, History of Ancient Egypt) (2015)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionUpon death, it was the practice for some Egyptians to produce a papyrus manuscript called the Book of Going Forth by Day or the Book of the Dead. A Book of the Dead included declarations and spells to help the deceased in the afterlife. The Papyrus of Ani is the manuscript compiled for Ani, the royal scribe of Thebes. Written and illustrated almost 3,300 years ago, The Papyrus of Ani is a papyrus manuscript with cursive hieroglyphs and color illustrations. The Egyptian Book of the Dead is an integral part of the world’s spiritual heritage. It is an artistic…
Author(s): Ogden Goelet, Raymond Faulkner, et al.

4. DK Eyewitness Books: Ancient Egypt: Explore the Nile Valley Civilizations from Colossal Temples to Tombs Packed with (2014)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn Eyewitness: Ancient Egypt, travel back in time and discover one of history’s most remarkable civilizations — from the legends of the great Pharaohs to the triumphs of the ordinary people. Explore the inside of the Great Pyramid in Giza, or learn how Tutankhamun’s tomb was found. Images and supported text throughout the book showcase the pottery, weapons and other objects Ancient Egyptians left behind, the architecture they created, the food they ate, their system of Hieroglyphic writing, and more, giving an eyewitness account of this incredible empire.For over 25…
Author(s): George Hart

5. The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt (2004)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Oxford History of Ancient Egypt uniquely covers 700,000 years of ancient Egypt, from c. 700,000 BC to AD 311. Following the story from the Egyptians’ prehistoric origins to their conquest by the Persians, Greeks, and Romans, this book resurrects a fascinating society replete with remarkable historical information. It investigates such subjects as the changing nature of life and death in the Nile valley to some of the earliest masterpieces of art, architecture, and literature in the ancient world. The authors–an international team of experts working at the cutting edge of their particular…
Author(s): Ian Shaw

6. The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt: History, Archaeology and Society (BCP Egyptology) (2006)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionFor the ancient Egyptians, the Middle Kingdom (c. 2000-1700 BC) was a classical period of art, history and literature. The Twelfth Dynasty was one of the strongest ever to rule on the banks of the Nile: some of its kings were later worshipped as local gods, and were made famous by classical Greek authors. Yet Egyptologists tend not to look beyond the extraordinary royal sculpture and literary masterpieces of the time. Although the picture is fragmentary, as with any archaeological record, the last two hundred years of exploration and excavation have revealed much of the…
Author(s): Wolfram Grajetzki

7. A Little Gay History: Desire and Diversity Across the World (2013)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionWhen was the first chat line between men established? Who was the first “lesbian”? Were ancient Greek men who had sex with each other necessarily “gay,” and what did Shakespeare think about crossdressing?A Little Gay History answers these questions and more through close readings of art objects from the British Museum’s far-ranging collection. Consulting ancient Egyptian papyri, the Roman Warren Cup’s erotic figures, David Hockney’s vivid prints, and dozens of other artifacts, R. B. Parkinson draws attention to a diverse range of same-sex experiences and situates them within…
Author(s): Professor of Egyptology R Parkinson

8. Hieroglyph Detective: How to Decode the Sacred Language of the Ancient Egyptians (2010)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionEgyptian hieroglyphs have long fascinated people the world over, though traditionally only specially trained scholars have been able to unlock their esoteric secrets. In Hieroglyph Detective, renowned Egyptologist Nigel Strudwick offers a historical background for the symbols as he takes the reader on a visual tour of museums around the world and provides step-by-step instructions on how to decipher inscriptions from ancient Egyptian tombs and temples. This hands-on field guide contains everything one needs to uncover age-old mysteries like a true detective! #438,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #403 in Ancient Egyptians…
Author(s): Nigel Strudwick

9. Ancient Egypt (2003)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe ancient Egyptians created some of the world’s most beautiful art and architecture. To this day, this ancient civilization which produced the great pyramids, the riddle of the Sphinx, and the riches of Tutankhamun exerts a strong hold on our imaginations. Now, in Ancient Egypt, eminent Egyptologist David P. Silverman and a team of leading scholars explore the cultural wealth of this civilization in a series of intriguing and authoritative essays based on the latest theories and discoveries. Illustrated with more than 200 superb color photographs, maps, and charts, this book illuminates the vivid and powerful symbolic images of this…
Author(s): David P. Silverman

10. Travels in Egypt and Nubia: (Expanded, Annotated) (2016)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionA GIANT AMONG ADVENTURERS AND EXPLORERS Among the noted explorers and adventurers of the great age of discovery, few can compare with the Great Belzoni. No study of the modern exploration of ancient Egypt is complete without his extraordinary work. Once a circus strongman, trained as an engineer, he spent many years on the Nile in Egypt and Nubia studying the ancient ruins and shipping antiquities back to Europe. Though once considered a tomb robber, recent re-evaluations of Belzoni have given him credit for his remarkably keen powers of observation and, for the Victorian period, careful excavation methods and recording. A…
Author(s): Giovanni Battista Belzoni

11. Hieroglyphs (2000)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionAncient Egypt is a subject of never-ending fascination for primary grade kids. Here they learn all about hieroglyphs, the beautiful pictogram writing that appears on mummy cases, papyrus scrolls, tomb walls, etc. What do the different symbols mean? How did we learn to decipher hieroglyphs? What was school and learning to read and write like for children of ancient Egypt? The information is accessible and fascinating, plus kids have the fun of creating hieroglyph messages and “works of art” using the accompanying stencil. #22,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #9 in Children’s Ancient…
Author(s): Joyce Milton, Charles Micucci

12. The Gods and Symbols of Ancient Egypt: An Illustrated Dictionary (1984)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate Collection“Should certainly help to awaken an interest in the most fascinating of ancient civilizations” – Antiquity Why was a humble dung beetle chosen to represent the sun god as Khepri, or a desert jackal to represent Anubis, the embalmer god? Ancient Egyptian religion, with its many gods and symbols, has always been a source of wonder and mystery to the monotheistic West. In this compact guide to the gods and symbols of ancient Egypt many puzzling and intriguing questions are answered in nearly 300 entries, ranging from Acacia to Wreath. More than 100…
Author(s): Manfred Lurker

13. Eye of the Moon (2018)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionEye of the Moon is a gothic mystery of the finest order, Eyes Wide Shut meets Agatha Christie. Johnny’s legendary socialite Aunt Alice mysteriously died while reading the Egyptian Book of the Dead when he and Percy were ten. They have been kept in the dark about that night ever since…Twenty years later, they are reunited, along with family and guests, for a weekend house party at Rhinebeck, the sumptuous estate once owned by Alice.But Rhinebeck holds more than just childhood memories. From the family butler, they learn that Alice’s story is…
Author(s): Ivan Obolensky

14. Tomb of Tut.Ankh.Amen Vol. 2: The Burial Chamber (Duckworth Egyptology Series) (2001)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe tomb of Tutankhamun (Tut.ankh.Amen), uncovered by the fifth Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter in November 1922, was the greatest archaeological find the world has ever seen. Though superficially plundered by thieves in antiquity, the burial remained intact, surrounded by a mass of funerary equipment arranged in three peripheral chambers. “The Tomb of Tut.ankh.Amen: The Burial Chamber” was originally published in 1927 as the second volume of Carter’s trilogy. It records the work of the second and third seasons at the tomb: the opening of the four protective shrines; the discovery within of…
Author(s): Howard Carter

15. The Nile: Travelling Downriver Through Egypt’s Past and Present (Vintage Departures) (2015)

 Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Nile, like all of Egypt, is both timeless and ever-changing. In these pages, renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us on a journey downriver that is both history and travelogue. We begin at the First Nile Cataract, close to the modern city of Aswan. From there, Wilkinson guides us through the illustrious nation birthed by this great river.         We see Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple. We visit the fertile Fayum, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and finally, the pulsing city of Cairo, where the…
Author(s): ToWilkinson

Best Egyptology Books: The Ultimate Collection

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The Oxford Handbook of Egyptology

Author(s): Ian Shaw; Elizabeth Bloxam
ID: 2914005, Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, Year: 2021, Size: 373 Mb, Format: pdf

A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology

Author(s): Toby Wilkinson
ID: 2794581, Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Year: 2020, Size: 15 Mb, Format: epub

The Hypocephalus: An Ancient Egyptian Funerary Amulet

Author(s): Tamas Mekis
ID: 2805220, Publisher: Archaeopress Archaeology, Year: 2020, Size: 30 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly hot items according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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