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Steven Snape’s The Complete Cities of Ancient Egypt is a comprehensive account of the work that has been done to understand the daily lives of everyday ancient Egyptians. Snape, a working archaeologist, has a firm understanding of the subject rooted in his own work in Egypt. The book includes not only a description of the types of buildings that still exist from each period of ancient Egyptian history, but it also gives an account of how those buildings intersected with the lives of everyday people.

This book is incredibly detailed and thorough, but it is not for beginners. It assumes a working knowledge of ancient Egyptian culture and religion. The text takes into consideration work that has been done from every period of study from Napoleon onwards, so readers with a scholarly interest in ancient Egypt will find this a valuable addition to their libraries. Readers with a casual or nonacademic interest in ancient Egypt would be better off starting elsewhere.

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