The ancient Egyptians have fascinated and enthralled millions down the centuries. With extensive scientific knowledge, splendid architecture, and many artistic and cultural achievements, their civilization stood apart as being ahead of its time. This compact and informative guide is perfect for all those studying ancient Egypt, visiting the sights, or curious to find out more about this fascinating period. Includes a wide range of topics such as geography, including how the Nile added to the success of their civilization; history, including a timeline spanning 3,000 years from 3100BC to 395AD and covering each dynastic period; religion, including the role of the gods and goddesses, and pharaohs, including Cheops, Nefertiti, and Tutankhamun. The section on life in ancient Egypt details the different levels in society, the jobs, family life, and leisure activities. Learning and knowledge are covered, focusing on the hieroglyphs and the scribes. The armies, weapons, and armor are discussed in the section on wear, while funeral rites and mummification are detailed in the section on death in ancient Egypt. Lastly, contemporary Egypt is discussed, including archaeology, discoveries, and what a visit is like today.