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Summer Reading: Mysteries in Ancient Egypt

July 12, 2007

HieroChers Amis,

I have been fascinated with Ancient Egypt
since I was 6 or 7 –  and I still am. As a child my goal was to attend Radcliffe (why that school?) and
become an Egyptologist. That is until real life
and that horrible invention ‘common sense’ kicked in during my senior
year in high school. Helas.  Does a double major in Public RelationAnubiss &
French, a minor in Archeology   and one summer in the field count?  Nope. How do you spell "Darn!" in hieroglyphics? Maybe when I grow up I can go back to school.   For now, I am happy enjoying the clever mystery novels by P.C. Doherty set in Ancient Egypt.  I discovered these earlier this summer and I have been devouring them ever since.  Doherty brings to life the intriguing political scene of 1479-1478 BC during  the early reign of Hatshepsut , a female pharaoh and controversial figure in her time.  The main character  is Amerotke, the principal judge of Egypt. He is a man dedicated to Ma’at – Truth and Order.  He and his servant Shufoy (the comic relief) uncover the ma’at behind a series of murders at the various temples in Egypt.  His attention to detail is fantastic  and the stories and characters pull the reader into the dusty streets of Thebes, through the cool alabaster- lit  temple halls and into the maelstrom of Hatusu’s court.  It is good summer fun! 

Another excellent author whose works have explored both ancient Egypt and Hatshepsut’s reign is Pauline Gedge.  Child of the Morning  and  The Hippopotamus Marsh : Lord of the Two Lands: Volume I are the first books in two respective trilogies, both of which are wonderful!

–Marjorie (who is off to the library after breakfast)

PS – This is an interesting link on Hatshepsut.  Art of Ancient Egypt at the Met

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2007 11:21 am

    Ooh, these books sound very intriguing, Marjorie! We will be studying ancient Egypt this fall, so I will have to check them out as a little “mood” reading. 🙂

  2. July 13, 2007 12:35 pm

    Looks great, some of our favorites from last year are: Casting the Gods Adrift by Geraldine MacCaughrean, The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, and Mara Daughter of the Nile also by McGraw. We slept through (and didn’t finish) The Pharoah’s of Ancient Egypt, yawn, but had a great study otherwise!! Have fun, thanks for sharing!

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