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PostPosted: Thu Jun 22, 2006 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a great book, I just started the last chapter. I'm gonna have such a hard time when I have to return it to the library. I do not think I have ever seen The Relic but would like to. If I do I'll be sure to pay extra close attention to the tunnels!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 1:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I do not think I have ever seen The Relic but would like to. If I do I'll be sure to pay extra close attention to the tunnels!


It's not as good as the book on which it's based (what else is new?) but The Relic is a fun movie. The tunnels are very creepy. My coordinator at the museum, Bob, was once down there to check them out and swears on his life he'll never go back into them. All he can remember are the multitudes of cockroaches dropping from the walls and ceiling and falling into his hair. Surprised

I'm really enjoying The Book of the Dead. Preston and Child make for a very lively writing team, and they've also authored some good stuff independently.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are the tunnels used for? After your mentioning of the fictional The Book of the Dead I tried to place a reserve on it at my library but it turns out fifty-six other people already have holds on it, so I will be waiting for quite a while. I hope I get it sometime in this lifetime Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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As I've been told they were used to transport coal from place to place in the days when Chicago was coal-heated. There's very little use for them now, and many of them are closed off, but these tunnels run below numerous buildings in that area of downtown, not just the Field Museum. I'm certain many sections are abandoned and no longer known, where the building up top is long gone but the tunnels below still exist. I wouldn't mind exploring some of them (my kind of thing), so I guess I would just need an umbrella to keep the cockroaches and other creepy-crawlies from dropping onto me.

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Well, that's a nuisance. Just give in and buy the book, ImageOfAten. You know you want to. Razz Besides, any book by Preston and Child is worth owning because you tend to reread them through the years.
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Well, that's a nuisance. Just give in and buy the book, ImageOfAten. You know you want to. Besides, any book by Preston and Child is worth owning because you tend to reread them through the years.


I guess I will have to buy it. It will not be right away though because I just ordered three more A.E. books so I am kind of low on spending funds right now. I hate when that happens! Anxious
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...I just ordered three more A.E. books so I am kind of low on spending funds right now. I hate when that happens!


Yeah, I know what you mean. Hey, people, who's hoarding all the money out there because I sure haven't seen much lately!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am reading Christian Jacq-''Champollion L'Egyptien'' and ''Egypt's the Book of Dead'' for now.İt's a diary about Champollion.I think when you read this book,it will give idea about hieroglyph Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of Champollion, some time ago I read Lesley Adkins and Roy Adkins's The Keys of Egypt. I very much enjoyed this book and came away with a much better understanding of the turbulent political and academic dynamics under which Jean-Francois had to struggle. Aside from the technical aspects of his studies and pursuits, Jean-Francois had a hell of a time dealing with the many changes in political favor, not to mention the many personal detractors he piled up. Nevertheless he was able to accomplish great things.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 3:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am currently onto Akhenaten and Nefertiti by Cyril Aldred. This book is absolutely filled with many great pictures, and I actually own this one! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howdy-ho, ImageOfAten. I thought you referring to the Aldred Akhenaten book I'm now reading and didn't even know about the one you mentioned. I found an Amazon page for it here. No jacket image or useful description so I know nothing about this one. Is it a coffee-table book? What's it like?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is it a coffee-table book? What's it like?

LOL, I don't know what you mean by coffee-table book, but here is the info directly from the book-jacket:

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In about 1365 B.C. in ancient Egypt, a curious and brief break in convention occured--both in religion, where a single supreme god suddenly replaced many, and in art, where a new naturalism loosened up the traditional stylized forms. This unusual development came about during the short reign of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife Nefertiti, whose impact on Egyptian culture has long been the subject of enormous controversy. Since the discovery of the remains of his capital city at present-day Tell el Amarna in Middle Egypt, many of the virtues once ascribed to Akhenaten have been opened to question, and assumptions about his pacifism and radical religious reforms have undergone much modification. Nevertheless, it is clear that the rule of Akhenaten had considerable effect on Egyptian thought, particularly in the spheres of religion, economics, and politics. His influence on art and architecture can
be seen in the departures from conventional forms both in subject matter and technique; a new emphasis on the daily life of the royal family as a popular subject for reliefs is reflected in the emotional and transient quality of the work in contrast to the formal "eternal" style of traditional Egyptian art; a new canon of proportions for the human figure, particularly for members of the royal family, is also evident in the works produced during Akhenaten's rule; and the extensive use of mass production saw the production of statues by a group of specialists, each responsible for a separate part. These new developments gave fuller scope to craftsmen and designers, and the extraordinary works of art they created still affect and move us today. In discussing this brilliant moment in Egyptian history, Cyril Aldred draws on his own intensive studies of the subject to give us a vivid picture of the period that produced these works and a clearly reasoned analysis of their significance in the history of art.

I also found out the book is the catalog of an exhibition celebrating the
150th anniversary of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences published
in 1973.
(Sorry the above description is all out of proportion, my word-processor is messed up tonight and I just cannot seem to fix it at the moment).
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that description, ImageOfAten. That this was actually an exhibition catalog only heightens my interest. I'll bet the photos and illustrations are lovely, and, well, you can rarely go wrong when Aldred is the author.

By "coffee-table book" I mean those very large books commonly sold at places like Borders or Barnes & Noble. They're packed full of wonderful color photographs, so you put them on your coffee table as a conversation piece. They're often expensive when first published, but a few years down the road they end up on the "cheap" table because the store is trying to unload them. I have a number of these books--more than once I've found one that originally sold for around fifty bucks but has been marked down to around twenty (if not cheaper). Very Happy
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I'll bet the photos and illustrations are lovely, and, well, you can rarely go wrong when Aldred is the author.

You are right! Most of the photos are in black and white but they are still amazing. There are one or two of them that I do not think I have ever even seen before.

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By "coffee-table book" I mean those very large books commonly sold at places like Borders or Barnes & Noble. They're packed full of wonderful color photographs, so you put them on your coffee table as a conversation piece.

Then yes, it is a "coffee-table book" minus the color photos. I would imagine it could start some interesting conversation, but I practically live in seclusion and I do not usually have any guests. Smile
The photos may not be in color but some of them are quite large! The book is wonderful, if you get the chance you really should pick it up. You won't regret doing so!
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Then yes, it is a "coffee-table book" minus the color photos. I would imagine it could start some interesting conversation, but I practically live in seclusion and I do not usually have any guests.
The photos may not be in color but some of them are quite large! The book is wonderful, if you get the chance you really should pick it up. You won't regret doing so!


LOL Aside from the museum I practically live in seclusion, too. I prefer it that way. A highly stressful job and life in a major metropolitan city makes self-induced seclusion quite relaxing. Laughing Almost all of my friends in Chicago are at the museum or Oriental Institute, so that's pretty much all I need.

Aldred doesn't strike me as the type to have published a coffee-table book, so it must be classier than the usual. It doesn't matter that the photos are in black and white. So are all of Burton's and I never tire of seeing those.
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A highly stressful job and life in a major metropolitan city makes self-induced seclusion quite relaxing. Almost all of my friends in Chicago are at the museum or Oriental Institute, so that's pretty much all I need.

I too actually prefer seclusion but I do not do the "friend" thing these days due to bad judgment and countless bad experiences. Back to the topic at hand, I received two more books in the male today that I am quite excited about! The first is Nefertiti and Cleopatra by Julia Samson. The second is Amarna: Ancient Egypt's Age of Revolution by Barbara Watterson. I skimmed through them both right away. The one by Watterson sounds really interesting!! Has anyone here read either? If so what are your opinions?
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