Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology: 2: The Golden Age: 1881–1914

Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology: 2: The Golden Age: 1881–1914

AUC Press

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Covers a very popular period of Egyptology: The Golden Age

Volume 2 in series which received great reviews in hardcover, first time in paperback

Offers detailed and thrilling stories of the men and women who rediscovered ancient Egypt and captivated the imagination of millions of people ever since

Appeals to both scholars and armchair Egyptologists

Paperback pricepoint makes these more accessible

"A well written, informed, and at times exciting account (Choice) of the field of Egyptology, part two of Thompsons bestselling monumental history, new in paperback


The discovery of ancient Egypt and the development of Egyptology are momentous events in intellectual and cultural history. The history of Egyptology is the story of the people, famous and obscure, who constructed the picture of ancient Egypt that we have today, recovered the Egyptian past while inventing it anew, and made a lost civilization comprehensible to generations of enchanted readers and viewers thousands of years later. This, the second of a three-volume survey of the history of Egyptology, explores the years 18811914, a period marked by the institutionalization of Egyptology amid an ever increasing pace of discovery and the opening of vast new vistas into the Egyptian past.


Wonderful Things affirms that the history of ancient Egypt has proved continually fascinating, but it also demonstrates that the history of Egyptology is no less so. Only by understanding how Egyptology has developed can we truly understand ancient Egypt.

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