A Popular Account of the Ancient Egyptians, perhaps more than any other book, introduced the Western world to the study of ancient Egypt. Widely regarded as “the Father of Egyptology,” John Gardner Wilkinson documents the history and remains of ancient Egypt and the state of modern Egypt in this thorough study. These books were influential in transforming Egyptology from amateur history into a legitimate and respectable scholarly discipline.
- Title: A Popular Account of the Ancient Egyptians, Vol. 1
- Author: John Gardner Wilkinson
- Publisher: John Murray
- Publication Date: 1890
- Pages: 438
About John Gardner Wilkinson
John Gardner Wilkinson was born in 1797. He was sent by his parents to Exeter College, Oxford in 1816, but he left Oxford after his third year with plans to join the military. He traveled through Europe until 1821, when he left for Egypt. He lived and traveled in Egypt until 1833, writing and publishing reflections on his travels. He returned to England in 1833 and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. He was knighted in 1839. He made two return trips to Egypt throughout his lifetime, and published numerous volumes on the history, geography, and culture of Egypt, as well as articles and books on hieroglyphics and papyri. He died in 1875.