Ancient History & Civilisation

Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

A fascinating, erudite, and witty glimpse of the human side of ancient Egypt—this acclaimed classic work is now revised and updated for a new generation

Displaying the unparalleled descriptive power, unerring eye for fascinating detail, keen insight, and trenchant wit that have made the novels she writes (as Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels) perennial New York Times bestsellers, internationally renowned Egyptologist Barbara Mertz brings a long-buried civilization to vivid life. In Red Land, Black Land, she transports us back thousands of years and immerses us in the sights, aromas, and sounds of day-to-day living in the legendary desert realm that was ancient Egypt.

Who were these people whose civilization has inspired myriad films, books, artwork, myths, and dreams, and who built astonishing monuments that still stagger the imagination five thousand years later? What did average Egyptians eat, drink, wear, gossip about, and aspire to? What were their amusements, their beliefs, their attitudes concerning religion, childrearing, nudity, premarital sex? Mertz ushers us into their homes, workplaces, temples, and palaces to give us an intimate view of the everyday worlds of the royal and commoner alike. We observe priests and painters, scribes and pyramid builders, slaves, housewives, and queens—and receive fascinating tips on how to perform tasks essential to ancient Egyptian living, from mummification to making papyrus.

An eye-opening and endlessly entertaining companion volume to Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs, Mertz's extraordinary history of ancient Egypt, Red Land, Black Land offers readers a brilliant display of rich description and fascinating edification. It brings us closer than ever before to the people of a great lost culture that was so different from—yet so surprisingly similar to—our own.

Ancient Egyptian Chronology

Part I: The World of the Living

Chapter 1. People of the Two Lands

Chapter 2. The Red and Black Lands

Chapter 3. “Beloved of His Father and Mother”

Chapter 4. Lady of the House

Chapter 5. “Clothe Her Back”

Chapter 6. “Come, Tell Me How You Live”

Chapter 7. “Be a Scribe, Put It in Thy Heart”

Chapter 8. “I Fought Incredibly”

Chapter 9. “I Know the Movement of a Figure, the Stride of a Woman”

Chapter 10. Sorcerer, Scientist, and Priest

Chapter 11. “The Useful Things That Are Established Forever”

Chapter 12. “The God Is Satisfied with His Offerings”

Chapter 13. So Who Wants to Be an Ancient Egyptian?

Part II: The World of the Dead

Chapter 14. “An Excellent, Equipped Spirit”

Chapter 15. “My Body Shall Be Enduring”

Chapter 16. “A Goodly Burial in the Necropolis”

Chapter 17. “On That Day of Judging the Deficient”

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