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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2004 7:36 am    Post subject: The Ptolemies Reply with quote

I'd like to make my own pitch here, if I may. I buy far too many books, I freely admit, and am always looking for a good read, particularly when it concerns ancient Egypt. I read very little historical fiction and am quite fussy about this genre, but I had heard many good things about Duncan Sprott's The Ptolemies.

Well, I am almost done, and I have loved every page. It covers the life and times of Ptolemy I (Ptolemy Soter), and is told from the perspective of Thoth. How perfect is that? I don't know if this book has been mentioned before on this message board, but take it from a prolific reader, this one is worth reading!

The Ptolemies
Duncan Sprott
Knopf Books, 2004
ISBN 1-4000-4154-6
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2004 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean Thoth the god? Sounds interesting!
I'll look out for that.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2004 7:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that Thoth. He was known to the Egyptians as Djehuty, but the Greeks could not pronounce most Egyptian names and words and drastically changed the vocabulary. For instance, Asir becamse Osiris, Aset became Isis (some pronounce these as Usir and Uset), Anpu or Anepu became Anubis, and Nebt-Hut became Nephthys. Likewise, the Egyptians had a hard time with Greek. Ptolemy's name was actually Ptolemaios to the Greeks (it means "Warlike"), but the Egyptians couldn't wrap their tongues around it and so, as the book tells us, pronounced it more like "Ptlumis."

As a rule I'm not too interested in the Ptolemaic period of Egyptian history, but I thought this book might be worth reading. Turns out it most certainly is. I highly recommend it, isisinacrisis!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds very good. Could you provide a link to it? Thanks.Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'd be glad to. Here it is. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm looks interesting...
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's more than interesting--it's a wonderful book. I'm usually not even a fan of historical fiction but this one did it for me. It's told from the perspective of Thoth, which adds a unique twist. I had gotten the sense that it was only one in a series that Sprott was going to write; this one, after all, deals mostly with just the first Ptolemaic pharaoh. I was hoping he would write more but I've yet to see more. I'm keeping my eyes open, though. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way you go on about it, kmt_sesh, it sounds as if I have to check it out. Like you I don´t read many fiction books about AE and the Ptolemeys haven´t been able to really interest me either. Though they did provide several nice temples, I have to admit Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:50 pm    Post subject: books Reply with quote

iv been offered abook from amazone called ancient egyptian literiture,the old and the middle kingdoms by antonio lopriena,anyone out there got it read it and can give any information about weather or not i should go ahead and purchase it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure I'm familiar with that book, kennthhirst, but it's probably a good one. I would say the best volumes on ancient Egyptian literature are the collections of Miriam Lichtheim. The top three books are her volumes I - III. I think Lichtheim has the most complete collection.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After your reccommenation, kmt_sesh, I got a copy of "The Ptolomies" from Amazon and am in the process of reading it now. It's really good--thanks so much for suggesting it! I find myself buried in it for hours each day. I'm up to Arsinoe Beta and her passion for her step-son, husband of her sister...
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you're enjoying it, Osiris II. And it gets only better as it goes on. Very Happy
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