Ancient Egypt and the Near East

Review: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Tom Holland enjoys three new studies investigating the ruthless kings and gods of ancient Egypt.   Read the full article on the Guardian website: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/sep/26/ancient-egypt-history-myths-legends

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The Egyptian Book of the Dead

“Placed next to a mummy, like a tourist guide in a suitcase, Books of the Dead were intended to help people on their journey through the afterlife. The British Museum’s new exhibition relishes the horrors of ancient Egypt, discovers Tom Holland” Read the full article on the Guardian website

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Xerxes and Darius III

In 1891, George Nathaniel Curzon, ‘the very superior person’ of the mocking Balliol rhyme, and future viceroy of India, arrived at Persepolis. Torched in 330 BC by Alexander the Great, it had once been the nerve-centre of an empire that stretched from the Aegean to the Hindu Kush. For Curzon, whose tour of Iran had […]

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Rediscovering the Achaemenid Empire

Because of the internet, Locke argues, everyone is free to communicate, and information is ubiquitous, fast-moving and dangerous. Corporations of the future have to understand the value of this gossip, and profit from their workers trading it. The secretive, pyramid-structured businesses of old will come to look more like a “utopia” of intermingling communities abiding […]

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Review: The Mystery of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon: An Elusive World Traced

In the early, heroic days of archaeology, it was invariably the ambition of those who headed out to the Levant, armed with pick and shovel, to track down wonders that they had read about in classical literature or the Bible. We tend to remember the successes. To this day the paradigm remains Heinrich Schliemann, whose […]

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