"Two New Books On Egyptology",
a review by Carroll Quigley in The Washington Sunday Star,
December 13, 1964,
of two books:
TEMPLES, TOMBS, AND HIEROGLYPHS: The Story of Egyptology,
by Barbara Mertz.
Coward-McCann: New York, 1964
SIGNS AND WONDERS UPON PHARAOH: A History of American
by John A. Wilson.
University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1964
"Two New Books On Egyptology"
TEMPLES, TOMBS, AND HIEROGLYPHS: The Story of Egyptology.
By Barbara Mertz.
Coward-McCann. 349 pages. $6.95.
SIGNS AND WONDERS UPON PHARAOH: A History of American Egyptology.
By John A. Wilson.
University of Chicago Press. 243 pages. $5.95.
These two volumes, by pupil and
teacher, are complementary, and jointly provide a well-written account
of the fascinating story of Egyptian archaeology. Prof. Wilson, who
teaches at the Oriental Institute in Chicago, is concerned with the men
who unraveled the complex story of Egypt’s past, while Mrs. Mertz, who
has a doctorate in the subject from the same institute, is more
concerned with the story that these men unfolded. Both volumes are
Mrs. Mertz writes well, in an informal style, covering the state of
our knowledge clearly and accurately, with full recognition of the
limits of our information and the romantic nature of the peoples and
events of that strange life thousands of years ago. Prof. Wilson is
equally well informed as he describes the dedicate and sometimes odd men
who reconstruct the story which Mrs. Mertz tells.
-- Carroll Quigley