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Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers

One Hundred Ancient Egyptian Jobs You Might Have Desired or Dreaded

Kristin Butcher, Martha Newbigging (Illustrator)


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Imagine being an interpreter of dreams in ancient Egypt.

What was the daily grind like for the ancient Egyptians? Imagine it's your job to carve elaborate tombs out of rock formations (it will take years to do) or man an army outpost in the extreme heat of the desert. You might have worked transporting some of the over 2 million stones for the Great Pyramid or engineered irrigation projects along the Nile. Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers offers an innovative look at the jobs that kept Ancient Egypt running for 3,000 years.

Among the 100 careers profiled you'll also find reed cutters (who worked naked), sandal makers (many went barefoot) and even embalmers (pulling out organs took special training). Whether prestigious or poor, Egyptians had to be tough, trustworthy, stealthy and skilled to get by.

Complete with a fact-filled introduction, a comprehensive timeline and playful illustrations throughout, Pharaohs and Foot Soldiers will inspire readers to imagine how they may have lived out their days as a member of one of history's most fascinating civilizations.

Annick Press, 9781554511716, 96pp.

Publication Date: February 20, 2009

About the Author

A former teacher, Kristin Butcher has written 10 juvenile and young adult novels. She lives in Campbell River, B.C. Martha Newbigging has illustrated many books, including "Research Ate My Brain" and "Attack of the Killer Video Book." She lives in rural Ontario.