The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

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A&C Black, 1. aug. 2011 - 672 sider
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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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Review: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: The History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra

Brukerevaluering  - Joon Ho - Goodreads

This is an excellent introduction to the long and rich history of Pharoanic Egypt. Interested readers can easily use this book as starting points to explore in further depth different periods and ... Les hele vurderingen

Review: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: The History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra

Brukerevaluering  - Trenton Hayes - Goodreads

Ancient Egypt is one of those ubiquitous and ill-known things with veneer of false familiarity. I read a bit of history, and for me, Egypt was King Tut, The old, Middle and New Kingdoms, and Cleopatra ... Les hele vurderingen

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Prologue
1
In the Beginning In the Beginning
17
God Incarnate God Incarnate
38
Absolute Power Absolute Power
54
Heaven on Earth Heaven on Earth
72
Eternity Assu Eternity Assuredred
92
Civil War Civil War
119
Paradise Postponed Paradise Postponed
141
Martial Law Martial Law
305
War and Peace War and Peace
324
Triumph and Tragedy Triumph and Tragedy
346
Doubleedged Sword Doubleedged Sword
364
A House Divided A House Divided
387
A Tarnished Throne A Tarnished Throne
405
Fortunes Fickle Wheel Fortunes Fickle Wheel
422
Invasion and Introspection Invasion and Introspection
445

The Face of Tyranny The Face of Tyranny
159
Bitter Harvest Bitter Harvest
182
Order Reimposed Order Reimposed
203
Pushing the Boundaries Pushing the Boundaries
222
King and Country King and Country
243
Golden Age Golden Age
261
Royal Revolution Royal Revolution
279
The Long Goodbye The Long Goodbye
469
FinisFinis
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Epilogue
510
Further Notes
524
Bibliography
587
Acknowledgements
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Om forfatteren (2011)

Toby Wilkinson read Egyptology at Cambridge University. Since January 2004 he has been a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. An acknowledged expert on ancient Egyptian civilisation, he has given lectures around the world and his international reputation has led to invitations to contribute to other major collaborative projects. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History and has broadcast on radio and tv in the UK and abroad, including BBC's 'Horizon' and Channel 4's 'Private Lives of the Pharaohs', and was the consultant for the BBC's award-winning documentary on the building of the Great Pyramid. His books include the critically acclaimed Dictionary of Ancient Egypt and Genesis of the Pharaohs, and he edited the recent encyclopedia The Egyptian World. He lives in Cambridge.

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