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Seller: ancientgifts (4,464) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382151839432 The Spirit of Ancient Egypt by Ana Ruiz. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 281 pages. Publisher: Algora Publishing; (2001). Deciphering exotic ancient Egypt’s past, from pre-historic times until Rome’s conquest in 30 A.D., Ana Ruiz reveals countless details about one of the earliest civilizations, piecing together a mosaic that accumulates to give an intriguing portrait of this ancient people, from pharaohs to families to priests, and outlines their achievements in science and culture. Man settled along the banks of the Nile River as long ago as 7,000 B.C. Over the next four millennia he learned to read, write, and develop and expand as a community. For the next 3,000 years, Egypt prospered despite hardships, internal conflicts, and foreign invasion. Was it “the gift of the Nile”, as Herodotus called Egypt? Or was it the gift of the Egyptian people to humanity, toward the evolution of civilization? This book examines family life, homes and furnishings, food, drink, dress, jewelry, wigs and cosmetics, work and play, trade and transportation, law and government. It explores people’s beliefs regarding death and immortality, magic, dreams and divination, deities and the priesthood creation myths, animal worship, symbolism, traditions of mummification, and festivals. Finally it looks at the achievements of Egyptian kings and queens, including military successes and architectural feats like the pyramids and the Great Sphinx, along with art, language and hieroglyphics, discoveries in medicine, astronomy and engineering, and early developments toward the modern calendar. CONDITION: GOOD. Seemingly unread trade softcover. Algora Publishing (2001) 292 pages. The book is ex-library, there are stickers on the first blank unprinted page in the book, and there's a stamp on the top surface of the closed page edges, (visible only when book is closed, not to individual pages, only to the mass of closed page edges). HOWEVER judging by the condition of the book and the tightness of the binding, it appears the book is unread, or perhaps merely flipped through a few times. The front cover falls open easily of course (obviously the cover has been opened), however otherwise the pages are very tightly bound. Pages are virtually pristine; clean, unmarked, unmutilated, crisp, tightly bound, seemingly unread. The covers extremely light shelfwear, virtually indiscernible, except the manufacturer's plasticine coating (wit which they coat the paper covers), is wrinkled/rippled at the spine head. Of course being an ex- library book it will never been considered a "shelf trophy", but nonetheless it is a very clean book, virtually unread, bargain priced. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. #1830b. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: An introduction, for general readers, to the early civilizations along the Nile. It explores the daily routines of people who cherished life and yet lived, on average, only about 35 years. Ruiz describes typical everyday details of family life, food and drink, recreation, clothing, labor, and other areas. She also focuses on ancient Egyptian beliefs, from creation myths to mummification, and achievements: kings, queens, medicine, art, the pyramids, etc. The Author, Ana Ruiz, is a member of the Staffordshire Egyptology Society (UK) and Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities (Canada). Her fascination with ancient Egypt began 25 years ago, and her delight is clear as she reconstructs and interprets for the reader the documentary images of life along the Nile. She provides a fascinating description of the customs and achievements of the nation, interspersed with quixotic details and charming takes that convey a sense of Egypt’s shimmering spirit as well as its famous and less-famous monuments. PROFESSIONAL REVIEW: REVIEW: Canadian Egyptologist Ruiz's 33 short chapters deal with different aspects of ancient Egyptian life (e.g., "Dress and Jewelry," "Wigs and Cosmetics," "Festivals"). Although the range of topics is exhaustive, the detail of discussion is not the book’s strength, but it does permit the author's fascinating narrative to flow unimpeded. Her account of the processes of mummification, for example, is clear and accurate, without needless complication. Her retelling of creation myths, her time line of the long-ago queens and her explanation of the fundamentals of Egyptian symbolism make this an excellent resource for those who know little about the ancient nation and want to begin to learn. Readers with a working knowledge of the culture will likely be surprised to see that the chapter on architecture is a mere eight pages or that the rich tradition of Egyptian art is dispatched in six. But they might also be surprised by some of the facts Ruiz offers up: an American Civil War-era paper manufacturer imported mummies to make paper inexpensively from the linen wrappings, and a gilded horsefly was a symbol of bravery in battle. Ruiz has made an extremely interesting culture accessible to the casual reader. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: This work is filled with a mosaic of details and charming tales, and an intriguing portrait of life in the oldest of civilizations. Ruiz's fascination with exotic ancient Egypt shines through in this intriguing portrait of early civilization. The details accumulate to piece together a charming mosaic, giving a surprisingly clear picture of the habits, concerns and accomplishments of this people that in so many ways laid the foundation for our world today. REVIEW: The lives, beliefs, and accomplishments of the ancient Egyptians are explored. Their unique individuality and what sets them apart from any other ancient civilization is discussed and interspersed throughout with charming tales and illustrations. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." 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