Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Disinformation Books
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(Barry’s score 3 stars out of 5)
In this ground-breaking book, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and astrophysicist Thomas Brophy uncover the mystery of Imhotep, and ancient Egyptian superstar, pharaonic Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Newton all rolled into one. Based on their research at the Step Pyramid Complex at Saqqara, Bauval and Brophy delve into observational astronomy to ‘decode’ the alignments and other design features of the Step Pyramid Complex, to uncover the true origins and genius of Imhotep. Like a whodunit detective story they follow the clues that take them on an exhilarating magical mystery tour starting at Saqqara, leading them to temples in Upper Egypt and to the stones of Nabta Playa and the black African stargazers who placed them there.
Imhotep the African describes how Imhotep was the ancient link to the birth of modern civilization, restoring him to his proper place at the center of the birthing of Egyptian, and world, civilization.
On a certain level, I enjoyed reading Imhotep the African. Unfortunately, I finished the book knowing almost nothing about Imhotep.
As is my usual habit, I thumbed through the book and checked the Bibliography. While I liked the beefy size of the Bibliography, I was disappointed with the lack of an Index. I wonder if the Index was left out because it would point to a major flaw in the book — the lack of anything about Imhotep. “There are no written papyri or inscription about Imhotep’s life that are contemporary or even near contemporary to him, except for his name and his royal titles inscribed on the podium of a broken statue found in the 1920s at Saqqara.”
There are 5 chapters at about 2 hundred pages with about 70 more in appendix and notes. On the one hand, I found a lot of the book interesting. It is packed with black/white pictures and art. However, I wanted to read about Imhotep. I am giving Imhotep the African: Architect of the Cosmos an average 3 stars out of 5. With a different title, this book would have kicked butt.
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