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Egypt and the Egyptians. By DOUGLAS J. BREWER and EMILY TEETER. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999. Pp.xviii+218. [pound]35 (ISBN 0-521-44518-3); [pound]12.95, paperback (ISBN 0-521-44984-7).
KEY WORDS: Egypt, Egyptology.
In the preface to Egypt and the Egyptians, the authors clearly state that they have geared their book towards 'those who know little or nothing about ancient Egypt but want some grounding in the basic history and culture of this civilization'. The book, then, is the latest in the ever-popular genre of introductions to ancient Egypt. It is, however, one of the best of its kind.
The book begins with background chapters on Egypt's geography, on its history, and on some of the …