Tag Archives: Egyptology

The Bible as History

In my nerdy childhood, one of my favourite books was The Bible as History in Pictures, which offered black-and-white illustrations (often badly reproduced, and probably from nineteenth-century originals) of ancient sites and artefacts which could be related to the biblical … Continue reading

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Yet More Things Found in Books

Alas, I’ve just removed four pieces of green blotting paper from the original copy of King and Hall’s History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia and Assyria, In the Light of Recent Discovery, published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies … Continue reading

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The Father Of Egyptology

The pyramids of Gizeh – the only survivors of the canonical Seven Wonders of the ancient world – as well other obvious remains of Egyptian civilization, attracted the interest of western travellers from the classical period onwards: Herodotus was the … Continue reading

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Coptic – Living or Dead?

We have another surprise bestseller on our hands – the Coptic Etymological Dictionary by Jaroslav Černý, originally published by Cambridge in 1976. This would have been revived in paperback in due course by our colleagues responsible for reissuing the Cambridge … Continue reading

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964 and a Bit Miles up the Nile

As  Amelia Edwards disarmingly remarks in the preface to A Thousand Miles up the Nile, ‘it may be objected that the distance from the port of Alexandria to the Second Cataract falls short of a thousand miles.  But from the … Continue reading

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