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Egyptomania Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs by Bob Brier

Egyptomania Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs

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Bob Brier, an American Egyptologist is an avid collector of artefacts that have reflected the West’s fascination with Egypt. The items range from perfume bottles to sheet music, books and film, numerous household articles and even such objects as cigarette lighters. Illustrated with items from his collection, Egpyptomania looks at our perennial fascination with Egypt and how this ancient civilisation still resounds in our culture today.

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'Part of the pleasure of being an editor is that you get to meet all kinds of interesting people. Dr. Bob Brier is definitely on my short list, though. Bob’s passion for his subject is infectious and his knowledge is encyclopedic. Bob has been to Egypt countless times; he knows everyone in his field; he’s even mummified his own mummy. And, of course, his home is full of Egyptomania – an eclectic and incredibly entertaining collection of objects tied to our collective fascination with ancient Egypt.

I always knew that this collection had to end up in a book one day. Who could resist stuff like the sheet music to “Old King Tut Was a Wise Old Nut?” or an ad featuring Cleopatra selling Palmolive shampoo or mummy case charms with tiny mummies inside? And now we are publishing that very book. Reading EGYPTOMANIA is like spending an afternoon hanging out with Bob. He’ll tell you the dramatic story of how London got its famous obelisk, Cleopatra’s Needle; the colorful saga of ancient Egypt in Hollywood, and discuss why Kind Tut became a worldwide sensation in 1922. The narrative is entertaining and the pictures are divine.

This is for anyone who was ever fascinated by mummies or hieroglyphs and pyramids and weren’t we all at one point in our childhoods?' - Elisabeth Dyssegaard, Executive Editor at Palgrave Macmillan

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Egyptomania Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs by Bob Brier

The world has always been fascinated with ancient Egypt. When the Romans conquered Egypt, it was really Egypt that conquered the Romans. Cleopatra captivated both Caesar and Marc Antony and soon Roman ladies were worshipping Isis and wearing vials of Nile water around their necks. What is it about ancient Egypt that breeds such obsession and imitation? Egyptomania explores the burning fascination with all things Egyptian and the events that fanned the flames--from ancient times, to Napoleon's Egyptian campaign, to the Discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb by Howard Carter in the 1920s. For forty years, Bob Brier, one of the world's foremost Egyptologists, has been amassing one of the largest collections of Egyptian memorabilia and seeking to understand the pull of Ancient Egypt on our world today. In this original and groundbreaking book, with twenty-four pages of color photos from the author's collection, he explores our three-thousand-year-old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning. He traces our enthrallment with the mummies that seem to have cheated death and the pyramids that as if they will last forever. Drawing on his personal collection--from Napoleon's twenty volume Egypt encyclopedia to Howard Carter's letters to an actual mummy--this is an inventive and mesmerizing tour of how an ancient civilization endures in ours today.

About the Author

Bob Brier

Bob Brier, known as Mr. Mummy, is a Senior Research Fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and the author of eight books, including The Murder of Tutankhamen. He has conducted pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world's most famous mummies, including King Tut, Lenin, Ramses the Great, Evita, and the Medici family of Renaissance Italy. He has conducted research in pyramids and tombs in 15 countries and was the host of several award-winning television specials for TLC, including the blockbuster series Pyramids, Mummies & Tombs and Mummy Detective. In 2010 National Geographic TV presented his documentary Secret of the Great Pyramid. A contributing editor to Archaeology Magazine, he also writes articles for many other magazines, including Smithsonian, and KMT. He lives in the Bronx, NY.

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12th November 2013


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