About the book (from jacket flap):
Here, in this latest addition to the ambitious World Histories of Civilization publishing program, a member of the French Institute and the dean of Egyptology details the vast panorama of Egyptian life from its dim historical beginnings in 3000 B.C. to the conquest by Alexander in 333 B.C.
The building of the Pyramids, the sculpture of the Sphinxes, the monumental statues of the Pharaohs and the famous queens are but a part of this definitive work, which is of interest to students of human history as well as to archaeologists. The all-important role of the Nile, the astonishing feats of the Pharaohs in peace and war, the Egyptian preoccupation with their gods and the life hereafter, the development of the hieroglyphic writing and wall-painting, provide important chapters in this book, as do the comments of ancient observers of Egypt such as Herodotus, Strabo, Plutarch, and before them, the sons of Israel.