Review: Crocodile on the Sandbank, Elizabeth Peters

Rating: 4 out of 5

I was drawn into the Amelia Peabody series by my recent incursion into the more factual Ancient Egyptian stories. The idea of a late Victorian series set around a (female) archaeologist sounded thrilling, and I took up this series. In short, this book makes for an entertaining novel with the excellent presence of a strong and steadfast female lead who often gets to lambast her male colleagues for their fickleness of character (and silly beliefs).

The foray into Egypt is well constructed with a good mystery built around the entire act — there is some mummy hunting a digging site. I was perhaps not as surprised when I saw the resolution as some would be (though I was surprised!), but the book was fun to pass through anyways and it made for some light entertainment. Would definitely recommend if Egypt sounds interesting!

Review: The History of Ancient Egypt, Bob Brier

Rating: 4 out of 5

I have found Ancient Egypt interesting for a long while and yet I had not picked up a single book or title to investigate it further. This is partially because I had not had the chance, but also due to it being very difficult to figure out what would adequately cover such a period — three thousand years after all.┬áThat being said, this installation ended up being my choice and I don’t regret it. Continue reading “Review: The History of Ancient Egypt, Bob Brier”

Quoting Ancient Egyptians

I’ve come to consider again two quotes which relate to Ancient Egypt. I learned about these from an anthology of Ancient Egypt I read recently, and noticed these again when I thought about the post I made earlier today on continuing to write (actively).

Without further ado:

Study writings and commit them to memory; then all your words will be effective.

— ‘The Teaching of Ani’

 

Man perishes; his corpse turns to dust; all his relatives pass
away. But writings make him remembered. . .

— ‘Be a Writer’

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