Our modern calendar began in ancient Egypt. Julius Caesar’s interaction with Cleopatra VII offered Rome a number of cultural innovations, including a more efficient way to measure time. Renamed the Julian Calendar in his honor, it travelled with Rome’s legions to the corners of the globe. Eventually, most of the world came to operate on some form of the Julian Calendar. Pope Gregory XIII put an end to Caesar’s calendar, but the Gregorian calendar we use is still based on it.
The Ancient Egyptian Daybook, made possible through a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, expands on a festival calendar that appeared in Tamara L. Siuda’s 2005 The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook. It is a scholarly exploration of ancient Egyptian calendar systems, and the religious festival calendars they used for millennia, and includes information from Tamara’s more than 20 years of research into and translations of hieroglyphic sources, and is beautifully illustrated by Megan Zane.Purchase the E-book Version Purchase the Softcover Version Purchase the Hardcover Version
“I wish I had this when I was in school!”Juzzen (Kickstarter backer)
“Perfect gift for my Egyptophile wife. Shhh. Don’t tell her.”(a Kickstarter backer)