Updated January 2024
ISBN 1 872914 09 8
232 pages, 186 x 123 mm
AVAILABLE THROUGH THE UK THROUGH ALL GOOD BOOKSHOPS
"From Dot to Cleopatra" is the full story of Ancient Egypt since the first Pharaoh to the death of Cleopatra VII and contains tables of the pharaohs, gods and pyramids of Egypt, as well as a guide to visiting the ancient sites of modern Egypt.
Thousands of years of Egyptian culture, with special reference to the pyramids, are recounted in a manner which does not baffle and assumes no previous knowledge of this history. The author leads us comfortably through a whole field of fact and theory recorded by antiquarians, archaeologists, pre-historians, treasure and fame hunters, even a crank or two! Here are the names, Nomes, Pharaohs, gods, kings, pyramids, obelisks, sphinxes and mummies, dynasty by dynasty: here, too, the legends, discoveries and great questions.
At home or visiting Egypt, readers are saved much research as Alun Buffry gets to the core. He's a scientist, so he doesn't accept things as true unless they are proved, but he doesn't dismiss a theory because he doesn't agree with it. He is a fireside fabler and chronicler too, bringing us to our own conclusions as he tells the oldest stories which, with 'From Dot to Cleopatra', anyone can follow. This is an up-to-date reference book which can easily be read in a few days or dipped into for years. It includes a guides to the monuments and, a bonus for serious Egyptologists, the author's list of Pharaohs. You'll find plenty of mystery with the history, enough to share the fascination in Ancient Egypt which has lured explorers and amazed everyone else for centuries.
Alun Buffry was born in Wales in 1950 and read chemistry at the University of East Anglia. He has traveled extensively and visited Egypt. He is an active campaigner for the abolition of the prohibition of cannabis and for prison reform. He has produced several other works such as "Damage and Humanity in Custody" and a bridge manual called "Bleeding Trumps" which will be available through WebBooks soon.
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