Warfare & Weaponry in Dynastic Egypt


Warfare & Weaponry in Dynastic Egypt

by Rebecca Dean




This was so exciting for me.  I just watched Wonder Woman about two weeks ago and I have not been able to get some of the fighting scenes out of my head. In comes this book and I just want to scream, “Hell yeah, bitches rule!”

This is a pretty short book: 145 pages.  The main aspect of this book is analysis of Ancient Egyptian weapons and warfare. It looks at how or why they may have used particular weapons and general strategem and their effectiveness.  There are brief mentions of women in warfare in all chapters, about either the lack of information, or complete lack of research because of gender biases. There is also a chapter about women in said discussions as well as archaeological evidence that supports the idea that women actually fought and held political power in Ancient Egypt.

While I loved the discussion of warring women in Ancient Egypt, what really brought this up for me was the experimental archaeology.  Dean used replicas of the khopesh, dagger, ax, and mace and actually used it to analyze how it would fare against flesh.  She used dead pigs, so if your squeamish you might want to skip the pictures, but I hope your curiosity wins out.  She not only tested the use of the weapons, but she tested the use of male versus female. While it may be gruesome for some people, it brings these weapons to life!

I have always loved books on warfare and weaponry and it was so refreshing to see analysis that considered a female defending or going to war.  I loved this.


Book Blurb:

Defence. Attack. Symbolism. The development of warfare in any society provides an evocative glance into the lives (and deaths) of our predecessors. This is never more the case than with that most enticing of ancient civilizations, Ancient Egypt. Follow Rebecca Dean through the fascinating world of mysterious figures such as Tutankhamun and Nefertiti, examining not only the history and development of ancient Egyptian warfare, but the weapons used and the way they were handled.

Swords, axes, and daggers are the weapons of choice here, as ancient Egyptian warfare is brought vividly to life through the exciting use of experimental archaeology. By examining and testing replicas of real-life artifacts, just how deadly these ancient Egyptian weapons were can be seen. Looking closely at the nature of such weapons also brings to life the formidable women who, on occasion, grasped power in a male-dominated world.

Read on to discover more about this fascinating subject.