The World of Ancient Egypt
A Daily Life Encyclopedia [2 volumes]
by Peter Lacovara
November 2016, 585pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-229-8
$220, £170, 192€, A302
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Egyptian women had a wide range of rights and freedoms.

This absorbing reference covers everyday life in ancient Egypt, spanning a period of more than 5,000 years—from the Stone Age to the advent of Christianity.

The mysteries surrounding ancient Egypt continue to pique interest and prompt study thousands of years later. Intriguing questions—such as “Why were certain Egyptians mummified after death, while others were not?”, “How were the pyramids constructed?”, and “Were sexuality and courtship accurately portrayed in movies about the period?”—incite curiosity and inspire the imagination in the modern world. This comprehensive encyclopedia addresses these questions and more, revealing fascinating facts about all aspects of daily life in ancient Egypt.

Starting with the beginning of the First Dynasty to the death of Cleopatra, this compendium explores the family life, politics, religion, and culture of the Nile Valley from Aswan to the Delta, as well as the peripheral areas of Nubia, the Oases, the Sinai, and the southern Levant. Each topical section opens with an introductory essay, followed by A–Z entries on such topics as food, fashion, housing, politics, and community. The book features a timeline of events, an extensive bibliography of print and digital resources, and numerous photographs and illustrations throughout.


  • Supports the national standards for world history curricula
  • Discusses the everyday lives of average people of all levels and classes
  • Includes entries on architecture, tomb painting, gods and goddesses, animal mummification, sculpture, and beer and wine
  • Offers topical sections organized thematically to promote more in-depth study of subjects
Peter Lacovara, PhD, is director of the Ancient Egyptian Heritage and Archaeology Fund. His published works include Ancient Nubia: African Kingdoms on the Nile and The New Kingdom Royal City. He received his doctorate in Egyptian archaeology from the University of Chicago.


"Aimed at students as well as general readers, this is a sound addition to most general collections."—Booklist, March 16, 2017

"Summing Up: Recommended. High school through undergraduate students; general readers."—Choice, November 1, 2017

Daily Life

What was life really like for ordinary people in other cultures throughout history? How did they raise their children? What did they do for fun? From sexual mores in ancient Egypt to resistance music in modern Latin America, and from the fashion sense of the Mongols to the importance of film in modern India, the world comes alive in the indispensable hands-on volumes of this award-winning series. A truly interdisciplinary resource, the Daily Life series covers arts; religion; food; literature; language; romance; rites of passage and coming of age; marriage customs; social and government structure; sickness and cures; warfare; sports and games; holidays; festivals; and more. Supported by the most current research, these authoritative volumes provide an in-depth exploration of daily life throughout history.

Each volume provides:
• An exploration of complex eras in history on a level accessible to students and general readers
• Authoritative coverage stemming from the most current scholarship and recent discoveries
• A focus on social rather than political history in key curricular areas, providing an in-depth understanding of the nuts and bolts of daily life
• Interactive, exciting details such as recipes, sheet music, rules for games, song lyrics, and more
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