The outstanding qualities of this book are its wealth of concentrated detail on many topics in clear and concise prose, and the inclusion of the time element. Topics are considered developing through time and are not simply given as a static picture. The usual concentration of Egyptian texts on the kings, the pyramids, and the international politics of the Two Lands is balanced by a fuller picture of the people and their arts and skills, who lived in a civilisation centuries in advance of those around it. The position of women in the culture was particularly advanced, more liberal than some cultures today.
The advantages and material resources of Egypt are detailed in many areas, including the techniques of bronze casting, goldsmithing and jewellery, art, and agriculture. The enduring 3000-year success of the civilisation was due to the development of a social moral code under the concept of Maat (truth, justice, order, and balance) which was upheld by everyone, from the king down to the peasant. The great administrative systems of the temple, the army, and palace were served by the education system based on the early development of literacy and numeracy. The chapters cover: the farmer, builder, women, scribe, priest, craftsmen, artist, soldier, governors, and the king.
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose