Another oddball and delightful excursion into life in Ancient Egypt by the author of Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs (1964), who attacks her subject with a personal enthusiasm that is amusing (in her side comments), knowledgeable, and fairly overpowering. Cutting her way through problems of art, science, architecture, home-life, burials, etc. with a firm, feminine, commonsense logic, she often disagrees with professional views, yet by scrupulously separating fact from personal opinion, and by stating all viewpoints, she gives credibility and a considerable interest to her own conclusions. She is equally firm about Egypt's ""lost arts"" and other mysteries, pointing out that Egyptian arithmetic, writing, medicine and science in general were quite primitive; the real mystery is that a people so poorly equipped, by our standards, built and maintained so splendid a civilization for some 5,000 years. Her account of their life is attractive, detailed, informative and tenanted by an original personality.