Books : reviews

John Romer.
A History of Ancient Egypt: from the first farmers to the great pyramid.
Penguin. 2012

How, over a thousand years, did a culture of semi-itinerate farmers create the rich, vivid, world of ancient Egypt, culminating with the Great Pyramid? In this extraordinary book John Romer draws on a lifetime of research to tell one of the greatest human stories.

Showing how archaeological evidence has allowed this long-vanished civilization to gradually re-appear from under the sand, and the changing interpretations to which its breathtaking but enigmatic remains have been subjected, Romer reveals what these highly idiosyncratic objects have to tell us. The result is an engrossing detective story, as we discover what we really know of Nile civilization – and where the record remains silent.