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Egypt: Pyramids and the Nile 3 - Books & Movies
RECOMMENDED READING  
  • The Search for Ancient Egypt by Jean Vercoutter. A book about the discovery of Egypt by modern Europeans and research on the civilization through the 1980s: the world of the pharaohs, rediscovered and revealed by such men as Howard Carter, discoverer of the tomb of Tutankhamun. The book includes many photographs and illustrations as well as documents pertaining to the history of Egypt and Egyptology.
  • Death on the Nile: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie. The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish, and beautiful. A girl who had everything... until she lost her life.
  • Nefertiti by Michelle Moran. Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries.  Beloved by the people, she fails to see the powerful priests plotting against her husband's rule. The only person brave enough to warn the queen is her younger sister, yet remaining loyal to Nefertiti will force Mutnodjmet into a dangerous political game.
  • Historical Atlas of Ancient Egypt by Bill Manley. An atlas of Egypt's turbulent history and remarkable cultural development. Political rivalries are charted through the successive dynasties, from the strife of the intermediate periods to the golden ages of prosperity and artistic glory under Akhenaten, Tutankhamun and Ramses II.
  • The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne. For more than 3,000 years, Egypt was a great civilization that thrived along the banks of the Nile River. But when its cities crumbled to dust, Egypt's culture and the secrets of its hieroglyphic writings were also lost. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt explains how archaeologists have pieced together their discoveries to slowly reveal the history of Egypt's people, its pharaohs, and its golden days.
  • Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff. Her palace shimmered with gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first and poisoned the second; incest and assassination were family specialties. Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
  • Say It in Arabic. Contains over 1,000 useful sentences and phrases for travel or everyday living in Arabic speaking countries: food, shopping, medical aid, courtesy, hotels, travel, and other situations. Gives the English phrase, the Arabic Egyptian dialect equivalent, and a transliteration that can be read right off. Also includes many supplementary lists, signs, and aids. All words are indexed.
  • A Traveller's History of Egypt by Harry Ades. A concise and fascinating journey from the country's earliest beginnings right up to the present day. This book communicates the magic of the pharaohs alongside a level-headed discussion of Islam for the benefit of modern travelers. It spans the entire history of Egypt, from the murkiest origins of prehistory right up to the latest developments, in a style that is as entertaining as it is well-informed.
  • River God by Wilbur Smith. For Tanus, the fair-haired warrior, the gods have decreed that he will lead Egypt's army in a bold attempt to reunite the Kingdom's shared halves. But Tanus will have to defy the same gods to attain the reward they have forbidden him: Lady Lostris, a rare beauty, destined for the adoration of a nation, and the love of one extraordinary man. This is a magnificent, richly imagined saga, exploding with all the drama, mystery and rage of a bygone time.
  • Apricots on the Nile: A Memoir with Recipes by Colette Rossant. From the moment she arrives at her grandparents' belle époque mansion by the Nile, Rossant finds companionship among the cooks and servants in the kitchen.  With dozens of original recipes and family photographs, this coming-of-age memoir is a splendid exploration of old Cairo in all its flavor, variety, and wide-eyed wonder.
  • Ramses: The Son of Light by Christian Jacq. Ancient Egypt comes alive in this eagerly anticipated new series that's breaking sales records in Europe. Ramses, Vol. I: The Son of Light recounts the thrilling story of Ramses, the legendary king who ruled Egypt for more than 60 years. Chosen by the pharaoh Seti, the 14-year-year-old Ramses sets into motion a tapestry of royal intrigue, treacherous plots, and romantic adventures that will keep readers spell
RECOMMENDED VIEWING  

Cleopatra (1963) by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. The winner of four Oscars, this epic saga of love, greed and betrayal stars Elizabeth Taylor as the passionate and ambitious Egyptian queen who's determined to hold on to the throne and seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison). When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony (Richard Burton), who vows to take power, but Caesar's successor (Roddy McDowall) has other plans.

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