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American Egyptologist: The Life of James Henry Breasted and the Creation of His Oriental Institute

Jeffrey Abt


James Henry Breasted (1865–1935) had a career that epitomizes our popular image of the archaeologist. Daring, handsome, and charismatic, he traveled on expeditions to remote and politically unstable corners of the Middle East, helped identify the tomb of King Tut, and was on the cover of Time magazine. But Breasted was more than an Indiana Jones—he was an accomplished scholar, academic entrepreneur, and talented author who brought ancient history to life not just for students but for such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and Sigmund Freud. This book weaves together the disparate strands of Breasted ... More

Keywords: expeditions, James Henry Breasted, middle east, king tut, time magazine, egyptology, oriental institute, university of chicago, ancient near east, archaeology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226001104
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226001128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Abt, author