The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
In this landmark work, one of the world's most renowned Egyptologists tells the epic story of this great civilization, from its birth as the first nation-state to its final absorption into the Roman Empire--three thousand years of wild drama, bold spectacle, and unforgettable characters.
Award-winning scholar Toby Wilkinson captures not only the lavish pomp and artistic grandeur of this land of pyramids and pharaohs but for the first time reveals the constant propaganda and repression that were its foundations. Drawing upon forty years of archaeological research, Wilkinson takes us inside an exotic tribal society with a pre-monetary economy and decadent, divine kings who ruled with all-too-recognizable human emotions.
Here are the years of the Old Kingdom, where Pepi II, made king as an infant, was later undermined by rumors of his affair with an army general, and the Middle Kingdom, a golden age of literature and jewelry in which the benefits of the afterlife became available for all, not just royalty--a concept later underlying Christianity. Wilkinson then explores the legendary era of the New Kingdom, a lost world of breathtaking opulence founded by Ahmose, whose parents were siblings, and who married his sister and transformed worship of his family into a national cult. Other leaders include Akhenaten, the "heretic king," who with his wife Nefertiti brought about a revolution with a bold new religion; his son Tutankhamun, whose dazzling tomb would remain hidden for three millennia; and eleven pharaohs called Ramesses, the last of whom presided over the militarism, lawlessness, and corruption that caused a crucial political and societal decline.
Riveting and revelatory, filled with new information and unique interpretations, "The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt "will become the standard source about this great civilization, one that lasted--so far--longer than any other.
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A thorough and well reasoned travelogue through ancient Egyptian history from the earliest settlements to the death of Cleopatra, focused primarily on the Archaic Period until the close of the New ... Read full review
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If you're looking for a one-volume overview of Egyptian history, look no further. All problems of interpretation and chronology are ironed out into a driving narrative that's told with real ... Read full review
In the Beginning In the Beginning
God Incarnate God Incarnate
Absolute Power Absolute Power
Heaven on Earth Heaven on Earth
Eternity Assu Eternity Assuredred
Civil War Civil War
Paradise Postponed Paradise Postponed
Martial Law Martial Law
War and Peace War and Peace
Triumph and Tragedy Triumph and Tragedy
Doubleedged Sword Doubleedged Sword
A House Divided A House Divided
A Tarnished Throne A Tarnished Throne
Fortunes Fickle Wheel Fortunes Fickle Wheel
Invasion and Introspection Invasion and Introspection
The Face of Tyranny The Face of Tyranny
Bitter Harvest Bitter Harvest
Order Reimposed Order Reimposed
Pushing the Boundaries Pushing the Boundaries
King and Country King and Country
Golden Age Golden Age
Royal Revolution Royal Revolution
The Long Goodbye The Long Goodbye