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Book Review: Realm of the Pharaohs by Zahi Hawass

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In Realm of the Pharaohs, Dr.Zahi Hawass, a noted Egyptologist, guides readers through the ancient architectural landscape of Egypt. Readers are taken from simple/ornate homes and palaces of the living to the temples of the gods and burial places of the deceased. For instance, Dr. Hawass examines the mummy of Tutankhamum as it enters an MRI machine for more detailed analysis of what remains of the cerebral and musculoskeletal systems.

A plethora of photographs and a descriptive text unveil the mysteries of ancient Egyptian life and culture. The artifacts were unearthed through major excavations. For instance, an Old Kingdom masterpiece depicts a statute of Khafre seated while being protected by the god Horus perched behind the throne. The reign of Amenhotep III produced many sculptural masterpieces like the Pharaoh seated adjacent to the crocodile god Sobek. Sobek was the god of the Nile who was believed to bring fertility to the land.

The author provides an in depth insight into how ancient Egyptians lived and prepared for death and burial. Hierakonpolis is depicted as an early industrial brewery. Wealthy Egyptians drank wine made from grapes, figs and dates. There is a limestone statue of Ramses II at Rahina and much more.

The book takes readers on a tour of the most important sites in ancient Egypt from the Pyramids at Giza to the Valley of the Kings. Pictures of the ornate earrings of Tutankhamun are depicted in a majestic red, blue and gold.

The Realm of the Pharaohs is an important research document which covers many centuries of life in ancient Egypt. The full color pictures are majestic. The presentation has a lot of detailed background information which explains the historical significance of the sites and artifacts. The book would be perfect for historians, Egyptologists, scientists and students everywhere.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
  • DrAkmenG

    It is not clear why anyone would want to put Tut through an MRI system if he is bone dry, because MRI only shows where WATER is. And so while it makes sense to attempt CT imaging which simply indicates molecular opacity to an x-ray beam, it makes no sense at all to attempt MRI which indicates metabolic activity due to the presence of water. Regarding scientific perspective, the author continues to believe the pyramids were royal tombs – and yet we never have received any credible explanation how something resembling a funerary procession could possibly navigate along those slippery, narrow, steep passages. The author’s approach is very old school and is no longer applicable to modern scientific principles.