characters The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra 107

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download ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Â Toby Wilkinson NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn 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 charactersAward 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 w. By its nature The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt skips over a lot of history but as an introduction to the five millennia long history of Egypt up to the Roman conuest in 31 BC Toby Wilkinson's effort excels If you want to know the details of a particular era the book's near 80 pages of notes and bibliography provide a rich vein to mineWhile I am familiar with the general outline of Egyptian history every section had something new to say to me that enriched my understanding or revealed some aspect I hadn't considered or known A few of the many examples I could list include the political unification of the Nile Valley c 3000 BC It began with the rise of three power centers Tjeni Nubt and Nekhen and ended when Tjeni's ruler the man we know as Narmer or Menes conuered his rivals to inaugurate the First Dynasty From its birth Egypt displayed many of the stereotypical images moderns associate with it including the absolute despotism of the pharaohs Or there's Hatshepsut the famous female pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty Her rule is justly famous but she was only one in a line of powerful women who played significant roles in the government Then there is Wilkinson's focus on the Heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten's dictatorship and fanatical monotheism rather than on the usual emphasis on his possible role in Jewish history And returning to remarkable females it's possible that Nefertiti reigned as pharaoh for several years after his death Another interesting period comprised the reigns of the 25th Dynasty's pharaohs Kushites who conuered Egypt ironically in a religiously motivated campaign to restore the proper worship of Amun And as a final example it's instructive to see the Persian and Macedonian conuests through Egyptian eyes Wedjahorresnet an offical who collaborated with the Persian regime and convinced Cambyses to adopt pharaonic regalia and Sematawytefnakht who witnessed Alexander's victory over DariusThis is a very readable and interesting synopsis of a land and people that deserve to be better known and comes highly recommended

characters The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra

characters The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra 107 ☆ NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn 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 nati Ith a pre monetary economy and decadent divine kings who ruled with all too recognizable human emotionsHere 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 int. I have neglected Ancient Egypt in my previous perusals of the ancient world but this book has sparked a bit interest in this civilization This book is well written in an style which holds my interest The author does a good job of giving a lively history of the gift of the Nile from neolithic times until the fall of Cleopatra and Anthony at Actium Even if you aren't into Egyptian history like me this book is worth your time

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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to CleopatraO 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 declineRiveting and revelatory filled with new information and uniue 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 From the Hardcover editi. The very first thing you have to know about this book is that it mimics Ancient Egypt by being mostly centered around the king and his sometimes hers glory It gives readers a once in a lifetime opportunity to put themselves in ancient Egyptian’s shoes and imagine how commoners must have lived with kings so distant appearing out of nowhere and disappearing into mighty glorious god like nothing leaving a legacy of shattered dreams and unfulfilled desires to overtake gods I presume entitling the book The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt Kingship would have done it justice Anyway speaking of books on Ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East in general we are rarely here for commoners aren’t we I wonder what kind of reader Mr Wilkinson had in mind writing his book Was it “an experienced reader” with immense knowledge of the ancient Near East Then Mr Wilkinson should have known better because “an experienced reader” would be unbearably bored by the end of the first chapter For “an experienced reader” Mr Wilkinson’s book most likely is nothing than seemingly endless and yet surprisingly brief chatter about power philosophy of ancient kingship and propaganda with tiny scraps of actual history here and there Well maybe this book wasn’t designed for “an experienced reader” on the contrary its primary audience is “a devoted beginner” – someone who’s very interested in the ancient Near East and Ancient Egypt in particular and eager to absorb information If so then again Mr Wilkinson should have known better because “a devoted beginner” would be unbearably bored by the end of the first chapter For “a devoted beginner” Mr Wilkinson’s book most likely is nothing than endless stream of the unknown – names toponyms references to mysterious conflicts and agreements gods kings etc Well maybe this book wasn’t designed for “a devoted beginner” Maybe I exaggerate and the primary audience of this book is someone who’s in between “a devoted beginner” and “an experienced reader” It’s possible but as you might have already guessed if so Wilkinson should have known better Being that “someone in between” in uestion I can give you a couple of reasons why I think so I picked this book to enhance my knowledge of Ancient Egypt history It means that I have already been familiar with its rulers gods art culture and what Mr Wilkinson loves to call “propaganda” I’d expected this book to give me some background information to shape and structure the information that I have so as to get a full picture and I got none of that It’s sad to admit that there’s no balance between entertaining musings and useful information – I call this type of books “a never ending preface” books They are usually fun to read very uotable and seemingly friendly till you stumble upon the unknown as prefaces are but they leave nothing except even uestions because “the real” part of the book where normally you’d get the information does not exist Instead of giving context and background information about the ancient Near East and relations between its parts kingship and commoners Mr Wilkinson leaves his readers with a few useless maps and illustrations which apparently were supposed to help readers navigate in the ocean of either too detailed chapters or too brief And yet I have to give Mr Wilkinson credit for the impressive amount of work that he did It’s palpable that The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt is backed up with many years of research and vast knowledge Writing a book which covers history of the region from 3000 BC to 30 BC and stays fascinating and readable all along is every scholar’s sweet Utopia to which Mr Wilkinson came uite close