Book Size: 6" x 8"

Pages: 528

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781566568586

Imprint: Interlink Books

Edition: 2

Illustrations: color and b&w photos

Release date: 01/04/11


The Ancient Egypt Guide


$ 25

“By far the best-informed book on the monuments of Egypt…” — The Guardian

About this book

Originally published as the Penguin Guide to Ancient Egypt, William Murnane's highly-acclaimed book has been fully revised and updated by Professor Aidan Dodson.

This new edition will bring Murnane's engaging yet rigorous learning to a new audience, complete with up-to-date guidebook information as well as a compact yet wide-ranging cultural history.


About the author

William J. Murnane was born in New York in 1945 and studied at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. A prolific writer, he became Professor of Ancient History at the University of Memphis, Tennessee, and field director of an ongoing project devoted to recording and publishing the reliefs and inscriptions in the Great Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Karnak. He died suddenly in 2000. 


“By far the best-informed book on the monuments of Egypt…” — The Guardian

“This thoroughly illustrated, formerly out-of-print guide is now in its third edition. Dodson (Univ. of Bristol, UK) updates the work by the late Murnane. Because changes were made ‘where the facts on the ground have changed ” often as the result of new discoveries,’ recommended…Numerous cross-references ensure that readers do not miss anything relevant to a chosen topic or place…Armchair travelers and true tourists will benefit from reading this in-depth, scholarly guide. Summing up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.” — Choice

“Dodson (archaeology & anthropology, Univ. of Bristol, UK; Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt) has revised and updated Murnane’s classic work and added color illustrations…Many fascinating sites are included that are little known to most tourists and not always accessible… Verdict This updated classic is a must for anyone planning a trip to Egypt with the intention of exploring its ancient wonders…” — Library Journal

“There is only one book that always finds a place in my luggage when I go to Egypt, and that is my copy of ‘Murnane.’ The answer is to read the relevant pages of this, the most informative of all guides to Egypt…you will be able to make sure you do not miss what really interests you…There are many publications describing individual monuments and other more superficial general guidebooks, but none cover the whole of the country with the level of scholarship displayed by William Murnane…It is very clear from the pages of this monumental work that Murnane undertook to study every one of the sites personally…Splendid new edition…” — Ancient Egypt magazine