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“O’Connor offers the wealthy end result of his lengthy labors during this quantity bound to attract students and Egyptophiles alike.”—KMTThe old web site of Abydos lies among the towering cliffs of the Egyptian excessive wasteland and the plush eco-friendly floodplain of the Nile. As either the burial position of the first kings of Egypt and a cult middle for Osiris, god of the useless, this sacred zone has lengthy tantalized archaeologists with remarkable unearths. With over 40 years’ event of excavation and learn at Abydos, David O’Connor is in an unmatched place to supply the main authoritative and updated account of this designated Egyptian web site. the following, for the 1st time, Professor O’Connor now not purely explains the complicated heritage of Abydos but in addition vividly inspires the ability that the sacred panorama held for modern Egyptians. This fantastically illustrated e-book could be of curiosity to someone who has ever questioned in regards to the origins of 1 of the maximum civilizations in global heritage. 15 colour, a hundred twenty five b&w illustrations

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Diodoros Siculus (fl. 40 BC), who is well known for the description of ancient Egypt included in his first book of Bibliotheca Historia, a history of the world from the very earliest times until Caesar's conquest of Gaul, describes Egyptian physicians as civil servants who were fed and housed by the state. 82). Egyptian physicians attached to the armies would most likely have sutured gaping wounds with thread and bandaged others with linen strips. The Egyptians preferred linen to wool, which was considered impure, and its tight weave helped protect wounds from infection by holding dressings in place.

75 quarts]) led to a surprising result. The daily calorific intake per Egyptian bread (Paris, musee du Louvre, E 14673) in the form of a flat cake. Stone-ground flour inevitably contained fragments of stone and sand grains, as is evident here. Over a period of time this wore down the enamel of teeth, causing at best discomfort and pain. (Esther Carre) 51 Wooden model (Paris, musee du Louvre, E 27164), circa 2000 Be, showing men grinding grain next to a brewer. An important part of the Egyptian diet, beer would be prepared in the household.

BEYOND THE BORDER Despite the accomplishment of the Dynasty XII pharaohs in pushing Egypt's political border to Semna on the southern edge of the Second Cataract, Egypt in fact terminated at the First Cataract. Here the Egyptian language and culture found their most southerly exponents in the communities of Swenet (Aswan) and Elephantine. Few in number and isolated in what is essentially an oasis on the Nile, the inhabitants of the cataract region were regarded as 'country bumpkins' speaking a dialect almost unintelligible in the north.

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