From the back cover...
This unique and authoritative guide describes the ancient sites and monuments of Egypt, and places them within the context of their time and within the realities of the present day.
Introducing in the first half the people of Ancient Egypt and their occupations, government, religion, ritual and customs, the author goes on to detail itineraries of all the most significant Pharaonic remains (as well as some important Coptic antiquities). In this he is aided by 175 maps and plans and by his expert appreciation of the important architectural features and the inner harmony of the ruins themselves. Considerable attention is also given to objects in collections, expecially those in Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor museums.
Writeen by a distinguished Egyptogogist, the PENGUIN GUIDE TO ANCIENT EGYPT is thus much more than a visitor's guide. Within its pages the ancient kingdom of the Nile comes to glowing, vivid life.