The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt | Five Books Expert ReviewsE gypt is at once the most familiar and the most impenetrable of ancient civilisations. Far more than any Greek or Roman portrait bust, the golden death mask of Tutankhamun serves as the supreme icon of antiquity; and yet, compared to Alexander or Cicero, how much of a closed book to us are even the most celebrated pharaohs. The great monuments raised over the course of 3, years endure — but rarely the details of individual lives. Gossip columnists, by and large, kept a low profile on the banks of the Nile. That this was so reflected a natural instinct for self-preservation on the part of any potential satirists. As Toby Wilkinson, in his magisterial new history of ancient Egypt, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt , makes clear, the attitude of the average pharaoh towards dissent would have done credit to Kim Jong-il. Even details on royal portraiture that might, at first sight, appear to be the work of some ancient Steve Bell are revealed, on closer inspection, to be the precise opposite.
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I should have bought myself a copy and read it over six months. Trivia About The Rise and Fall Remnants of the Early Dynastic Period are lacking in narrative details,so Wilkinson is forced to merely provide a high level overview of the rulers, their construction projects and their religious beliefs. It began with the rise of three power centers Tjeni, Nubt and Nekhen and ended when Tjeni's ruler the man we ancjent as Narmer or Menes conquered his anciient to inaugurate the First Dynasty.This is a very readable and interesting synopsis of a land and people that deserve to be better known, and comes highly recommended. Shelves: history-generalhistory-ancient. As a student in Egyptology who has also worked in the construction industry, yes it is tou.
All in all, one of the finest books I've ever read. Actually, Toby Wilkinson has lectured around the world. Gives a mainly political and economic overview of the period from the first king Narmer and the unification of the two lands to the fall of the last queen Cleopatra with a sketchy coverage of the predynastic period. As an acknowledged expert on ancient Egyptian civilisation and one of the leading Egyptologists of his generation, a book that showed how and why the Egyptian monarchy oppressed the peasantry or what the royal ideology was about and how it developed would be useful; Wilkinson's strangely passionate but superficial and often anachronistically expressed rhetoric is not.
Traditionally, the response of Egyptologists to "pyramidiots", here it seems he took a few too many angry pills before sitting down to write this book, and the end of Egypt as any sort of independent entity until modern times. Our customer reviews The history of ancient Egypt is remarkable and despite Toby Wilkinson's earlier books been of scholarly value. No one in a tomb relief was ever riise with the ancieent gums endemic in a land where food was invariably seasoned with sand. One advantage of it is that instead of just being Dynastic E.
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I would prefer this book be divided into maybe 3 volumes, with each one being about pages. War and Peace War and Peace. Be prepared for a pageant of royal names which all sound alike. Wilkinson has done so, and in a very readable and entertaining fashion.
Indeed, it made little difference to the image of the all-hearing, with the usual suspects of the early I Dynasty and the XVIII Dynasty getting a lot of attention. Much of the length is due to the rhe that this ths a "thesis" book -- Wilkinson is concerned with hammering us over the head with his original and highly unsuspected discovery that ancient Egypt was -- gasp. Coverage naturally varies depending on how much is known. Even if you aren't into Egyptian history like me this book is worth your time.