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By Jeffrey Abt

James Henry Breasted (1865–1935) had a profession that epitomizes our well known photograph of the archaeologist. bold, good-looking, and charismatic, he traveled on expeditions to distant and politically risky corners of the center East, helped establish the tomb of King Tut, and used to be at the disguise of Time journal. yet Breasted used to be greater than an Indiana Jones—he was once an complete student, educational entrepreneur, and gifted writer who introduced historic background to existence not only for college kids yet for such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and Sigmund Freud.

In American Egyptologist, Jeffrey Abt weaves jointly the disparate strands of Breasted’s lifestyles, from his small-town origins following the Civil battle to his evolution into the daddy of yankee Egyptology and the founding father of the Oriental Institute within the early years of the college of Chicago. Abt explores the scholarly, philanthropic, diplomatic, and spiritual contexts of his rules and tasks, delivering perception into the origins of America’s such a lot well-liked middle for close to japanese archaeology.


An illuminating portrait of the approximately forgotten guy who demystified old Egypt for most of the people, American Egyptologist restores James Henry Breasted to the area and places ahead an excellent case for his position as some of the most very important students of recent times.

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