The best books about ancient Egypt based on fact not fiction

Joann Fletcher Author Of The Story of Egypt
By Joann Fletcher

The Books I Picked & Why

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt

By Bill Manley

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt

Why this book?

I’m recommending this 1st book because it really is the perfect introduction to ancient Egypt and its unique landscape. Its accessible format features excellent maps which each have a theme to best explain the way Egypt’s distinct environment directly influenced its culture, its history, and its relationship with the rest of the ancient world.


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The British Museum dictionary of Ancient Egypt

By Ian Shaw, Paul Nicholson

The British Museum dictionary of Ancient Egypt

Why this book?

Even though this book has been around for a while, it really can’t be beaten for the sheer number of easy-to-find, reliable facts complete with a very useful bibliography for each entry (the paperback edition being especially useful when travelling).


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Ancient Egypt: The Great Discoveries

By Nicholas Reeves, C. N. Reeves

Ancient Egypt: The Great Discoveries

Why this book?

This book covers the great Egyptological discoveries made up to the end of the C.20th. Perfectly combining Nick Reeves’ authoritative text with lavish illustrations, it manages to create a real sense of adventure while showing how Egyptology developed as a subject, explaining why we know what we know about ancient Egypt – and what we don’t!


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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

By Toby Wilkinson

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Why this book?

Again, another book I can read time and time again. So although there are many general histories of Egypt’s ancient past, Toby Wilkinson explains so much that others can often fail to mention, his detailed yet highly readable text containing some real gems of information.


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Reflections of Osiris: Lives from Ancient Egypt

By John Ray

Reflections of Osiris: Lives from Ancient Egypt

Why this book?

Although this is a slim volume, it’s packed with fascinating details about some of the biggest names in Egyptian history from pharaohs male and female to brilliant architects and disgruntled farmers. And since John Ray has that rare gift of combining academic rigor with an entertaining way of writing, he really does bring these ancient people to life.


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