Lost Voices of the Nile

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When we think of ancient Egypt, we think of the gods, the pharaohs, and the pyramids. However, life for the average Egyptian was very different from this glorious perception and was not so unrecognizable from the lives we live today. This book tells the history of the ordinary population of ancient Egypt, using the stories of real people—often strange, at times amusing, and ultimately very recognizable. Booth introduces us to a number of fascinating people, including Taimhotep, who married a man twice her age and turned to the god Imhotep to help her to conceive a son; Naunakhte, who disinherited her children for neglecting her in her old age; Kenhirkhopshef, a man seemingly obsessed with making lists; and Paneb, the "bad boy" of Deir el-Medina.


Charlotte Booth is a freelance Egyptologist and the author of The Ancient Egyptians for Dummies.