While these aren’t all of the books on Egyptology, they’re ones that I found useful and fun. Although some of these are written by my professors and some are old classics, the books here share one thing in common: they’re easy to read and full of lots of juicy tidbits that you can’t wait to tell your friends and family about!
Fiction: Any of the Amelia Peabody books — all of them, in fact!
Here’s the book that I use in the Egyptian Art classes:
Reading Egyptian Art: A Hieroglyphic Guide to Ancient Egyptian Painting and Sculpture
Feeling ambitious? Want to learn hieroglyphs? Start here!
How to Read Egyptian Hieroglyphs: A Step-by-Step Guide to Teach Yourself, Revised Edition
My Favorite Books
Favorite hieroglyphs book:
I like this because it’s practical. No, you’re not going to learn the language, but you can do a lot of fun things with some simple hieroglyphs! It has everything from pet names to names you can give your house, as well as some odd and obscure insults that you can create.
This is one of those topics that I thought I studied back in the 1960’s and 1970’s – only to find out that most of what I thought I knew had been made up by the Victorians. This book, by famed Egyptologist Geraldine Pinch sets the record straight about the magical beliefs of the ancient Egyptians. The idea of magic (Heka) was interwoven in all aspects of their lives, and everyone from the Pharaoh to the lowest peasant used it.
Tombs and Temples
Elizabeth Peters, author of the Amelia Peabody books was a real Egyptologist – and one who knew how to write for the general public. This is one of several books that she wrote, and is considered a standard reference book for classes.
Gods and Goddesses
Geraldine Pinch again, and this time on the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt. The full list of gods, goddesses, and spirits is well over 1,000 individual names and tends to get confusing very quickly. Pinch has listed the most important ones and given as much of their history as we know.