Monday, November 17, 2008

National Blog Posting Month # 17: Daily Life 3000 years ago

One of my favorite reference-books in my work with Ancient Egypt is A.G. McDowell's Village Life in Ancient Egypt: Laundry Lists and Love Songs.

A.G Mc Dowell has written a book about the workers who build the tombs of the kings and queens of Egypt's New Kingdom (circa 1550 - 1075 BCE). Those workers, whose daily lives we follow through a wealth of original written sources, lived in a village; today the ruins are called Deir el-Medina, back then the village was simply called "The Village". The workers lived with their families in small houses in Deir el-Medina, and while their main concern was building the tomb of the Pharaoh, they also had all the problems and sorrows and joys as modern people have. We can read about their problems with superiors at work, their love life, marriage, kids, sickness and about their interest in suing each other for minor crimes! While this book use the original sources, Mc Dowell explains each little text in a modern and easily understood language, and this book is for everyone who wants to know how the Ancient Egyptians lived more than 3000 years ago.
The ruins of the village on the West Bank of Luxor, old Thebes.

This is post # 17 in the NaBloPoMo-challenge. See my page here.


Mim said...

Aha, now I know what to get hubby for Christmas, he'd love this. Well, I'd love it too but I'd let him read it first.

Oh, crumbs, I just went and saw the price! Still very tempted though.

Bogsider said...

Hi Mim, yeah, I noticed the price several places online and it was absolutely horribly expensive. My copy is a paperback and it was not THAT expensive when I bought it a few years back. Maybe it is outta print or something, because it really is too much to pay hundreds of dollars for it!