The civilization of the ancient Egyptians Book by Bothwell Gosse (with Illustrations)

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he civilization of the ancient Egyptians

Very interesting book with high-quality illustrations

Excerpt from the author's introduction

A sympathetic understanding is the antidote to incredulity and will infuse the spirit into the letter of the stone-engraved monuments.


The most striking characteristic of the civilizations of the world, especially of the West, is their evanescent nature. A State, to some extent primitive, comes to the front, evolves rapidly, reaches its zenith and then declines. A few hundred years covers the whole process. Carthage, Greece and Rome '' have their day and cease to be." There is no stability, no permanence. On the contrary, however, the most notable quality of Egyptian civilization is its permanent character. Instead of lasting only a few hundred years, it endures for thousands; and whereas in other countries the entire evolution of the civilization can be traced from its primitive beginnings, through infancy, maturity, old age, and death, in Egypt there appears to be no beginning, the civilization apparently starts mature; and although within it

there are minor cycles of decline and renaissance, still, the initial starting-point has not been found; it ever recedes down '' the arches of the years '' into the night of time. But however distant, there must have been a starting point, and the problem requiring solution resolves itself into two alternatives. Did this magnificent civilization evolve in Egypt from primitive beginnings, or was it transplanted in an infinitely remote epoch from some other land?

Some Contents of the book:

CHAPTER I
The Egyptians, their Temperament and Domestic Life

CHAPTER II
Education

CHAPTER III
Professions and Occupations

CHAPTER IV
Amusements

CHAPTER V
Architecture — Pyramids and Temples

CHAPTER VI
Sculpture and Painting. Medicine Science — Astronomy

CHAPTER X
Government and Laws

CHAPTER XI
Religion

CHAPTER VII
Science — Engineering Skills.

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