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Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Egypt

James Baikie

Book Overview: 

Written primarily for children, James Baikie’s ‘peep’ at ancient Egypt is a really well done, historical account of the ways of that fascinating land so many years ago. It has stood well the test of time, being both well researched and well written.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .nd reappear, after a little, wiping their mouths, and not quite steady in their gait. A young man, with pale and haggard face, swaggers past and goes in, and, as he enters the door, one bystander nudges another and remarks: "Pentuere is going to have a good day again; he will come to a bad end, that young man."[Pg 15]

By-and-by the door opens again, and Pentuere comes out staggering. He looks vacantly round, and tries to walk away; but his legs refuse to carry him, and, after a stumble or two, he falls in a heap and lies in the road, a pitiful sight. The passers-by jeer and laugh at him as he lies helpless; but one decent-looking man points him out to his young son, and says: "See this fellow, my son, and learn not to drink beer to excess. Thou dost fall and break thy limbs, and bespatter thyself with mud, like a crocodile, and no one reaches out a hand to thee. Thy comrades go on drinking, and say, 'Away with this fellow, who is drunk.' If anyone should seek the. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It's a look at the history, geography, and religion of ancient Egypt, and the comparing of the old with the new. This is a moderately-long book that can be read in about one sitting or two.

This book reminds me of something I read when I was a child and just loved! My teacher couldn't understand why I would read such a "dry and dusty book" but from young up I have always loved history especially ancient Egypt. I was quite impressed with this book. It was simply written in a conversa...more

It was interesting to get a window into history for children written before 1930. I enjoyed this simple read for the most part.