If you've been reading on the history of ancient Egypt and are ready to advance to the next level, this is the book for you. I will admit I speed-read a lot of this, looking for key words and stopping and reading in detail every now and then. A pity that it descends in to the 'this happened and then this happened and then this happened' style that is the epitome of lazy histories.

. [He] is nimble at conveying the sumptuous pageantry and cultural sophistication of pharaonic Egypt.The New York Times Engrossing . All in all, one of the finest books I've ever read! . Publisher But the exuberance and details of the narrative that follows is utterly enthralling. So, unless you plan to really study what is laid out here you are not going to be able to remember every date and Egyptian king under discussion. Like so many historians greater and lesser than he, Wilkinson gets lots in the details as the historical record becomes more clear in more modern times. . This sequence of events which may sound familiar to those who followed this years overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, Egypts ruler of nearly three decades actually occurred, the scholar Toby Wilkinson said in a recent essay in The Wall Street Journal, more than 3,000 years ago, after the death of the boy-king King Tutankhamen, when the army stepped in to maintain order and act as power broker. Refresh and try again. , Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (March 1, 2021), Language . Here are the legendary leaders: Akhenaten, the heretic king, who with his wife Nefertiti brought about a revolution with a bold new religion; 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 political and societal decline. It also offers an interesting and persuasive account of Egypt's imperial history, first as a maker of its own imperium, then later as the subject of the imperial ambitions of other nations as they rose and fell. What is perhaps most impressive about this book is that it manages to say so much and yet provide absolutely nothing new. The first three hundred pages are a marvel, a fascinating, entirely readable exploration of ancient Egyptian society. Let us know whats wrong with this preview of, Published No objective comparison to contemporary civilisations is attempted.

Please try again later. Plus, it has pictures! A wonderful history of the Ancient Egyptian empire from it's founding with the first King Narmer in 3100 B.C to the death of Cleopatra and the last days of Ptolemaic Egypt. Dr Toby Wilkinson joined the International Strategy Office in July 2011, working with the Pro Vice Chancellor (Jennifer Barnes) to support the schools, faculties and departments in their international engagements, and to develop the University's international strategy, particularly with regard to research collaborations and relationships with the EU, US, India and China. Dr Toby Wilkinson joined the International Strategy Office in July 2011, working with the Pro Vice Chancellor (Jennifer Barnes) to support the schools, faculties and departments in their international engagements, and to develop the University's international strategy, particularly with regard to research collaborations and relationships with the EU, US, India and China. Filled with new information and unique interpretations, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt is a riveting and revelatory work of wild drama, bold spectacle, unforgettable characters, and sweeping history. Yet, by this point, Egypt was on its fifth King of the Third Dynasty. This book goes into great depth and remains throughout a fascinating read, without ever becoming too heavy or dull. At the end of this week Im leaving on a long planned trip to Egypt, one that will take me from the Great Pyramid at Giza in the north to the temple of Abu Simbel in the south, from Lower Egypt to Upper Egypt. . As primary sources become more available, however, Wilkinson is able to construct a more detailed and interesting narrative. The majority of the explanations were overly simplifiedthis is, no matter how dry and jargon-laden it may appear, pop historywhich was doubly disappointing given that the author himself is an Egyptologist.

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Despite studying history I knew little of Egypt beside the pyramids, Tut, Cleopatra, and an understanding of a Greek takeover of the region. }}(document,'script','twitter-wjs');

: He is deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Lincoln and a Bye-Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. In other words, it is far too heavy on description and far too light on analytical abstraction. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Please try again. : Wilkinson does have a very realistic view of the Ancient Egyptians, and doesn't hesitate to call a spade a spade- or a Pharaoh a totalitarian tyrant. But the glorious era of the New Kingdom too would come to an end with the rise of other powers in the region, including Assyria, Persia, Greece and Rome. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. Many even progress and then eventually decline over time. The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra.

But I think, probably of necessity, covering all that ground meant cutting back on a more holistic overview. And so there are few books that seek to do what this book does, and present in one volume the broad scope of ancient Egyptian history. It describes what happened, but it has very little to say about the social, political, cultural, religious, and technological changes that transformed Egyptian society in the span of three millennia. It's very well written with a superb narrative style and from an academic perspective its predominantly spot on. 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. [CDATA[ I knew more about Egypt of the Ptolemies so I learned quite a bit about the Old and Middle Kingdoms. Please try again. Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2018. The nature of an afterlife changed too.

This book will serve as a standard for general readers and college students alike.Library Journal (starred review) Absolutely divine . Ive no idea why he stresses they werent liberal pacifists. Try again. I just needed one massive volume to explain it all to me, as Wikipedia was unable to keep up with my constant viewing. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. tj@E Whether one is interested in Egyptian military history, of which the sources are not necessarily straightforward or entirely reliable, or matters of Egyptian culture and religion, all of which face their own difficulties as an area of study, it is very difficult to master enough of the historical and archaeological record in order to write a competent or excellent work such as this one is. In fact this book draws a sobering portrait of what daily life was like for ordinary Egyptians. The xenophobic ideology masked the practical reality.. I was amazed at just how hideous it is. Stuff I would have read twenty years ago. Incredibly well researched and lots of very readable parts. The army at least temporarily filling the political vacuum and overseeing a transition. Toby Wilkinson however, argues that the ancient Egyptians never really got beyond their most ancient 'ordered' state before they were eventually consumed by the Roman Empire. y8hFk_?}>>^}~_tZ^?Vl6qUWV%-. There are some obvious reasons for this. But the volume does shed light on patterns in Egyptian history and the ways in which the countrys geography (which made it susceptible to invasion and attack) and the sharp dichotomies of nature in the Nile Valley (flood and drought, fertile land and arid desert) amplified what Mr. Wilkinson sees as a national proclivity to view the world as a constant battle between order and chaos a tendency that he says the countrys leaders often played upon to justify their domineering, autocratic rule. e6)EIgf"{lf||U7$8GzR'F5'_)F]TH_rGetd|lF hV23dp",5g;p~Y7U?K : (Only in a book on ancient Egypt is modern 800 BC) Still, worth a read, especially if. The author is more critical of the society than the idealized view many people have of the advanced culture. Staff Picks: Emilia Pisani Shares What She's Loving Right Now, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on Raising Antiracist Children, Summer Entertaining Tips From Your Favorite Chefs, Browse All Our Lists, Essays, and Interviews, Historical Fiction if You Love Old Hollywood. : Foot soldiers (who actually fought barefoot) were subject to frequent beatings and had to subsist on meager rations, which were supposed to be supplemented by foraging and stealing. And peasants, who did not have access to the doctors and dentists available to the wealthy, suffered from a range of debilitating diseases like tuberculosis and parasitical infections. He has published nine books, and received the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for his previous book,The Rise and More about Toby Wilkinson, A magnificent, illuminating and refreshingly readable overview of the entire phenomenon of ancient Egypt.The Washington Post Magisterial . , Dimensions is available now and can be read on any device with the free Kindle app. "[Wilkinson] writes with considerable verve[He] is nimble at conveying the sumptuous pageantry and cultural sophistication of pharaonic Egypt. 9I`4 %V ,d27c)"1"ggd3md{*7]r6TIhmiFTATS9 I read this in a library copy. An emotionally fraught transition from one regime to the next, with no clear-cut successor to the previous ruler. Even so, the book seems far too descriptive to me.

he didn't do anything significant but i will remember his name for the rest of my life. The author repeats on almost every page various subjective value judgments that the pharaonic monarchy was exploitative, inhumane , self serving etc. . Start by marking The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: The History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra as Want to Read: Error rating book. Highly recommended. I realize this is more a 'popular' history, but that's what I was looking for. Despite studying history I knew little of Egypt beside the pyramids, Tut, Cleopatra, and an understanding of a Greek takeover of the region. if(!d.getElementById(id)) A broad and well-written overview of Ancient Egypt, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 6, 2020. After reading this book, all the other books on Egypt now make sense and I can confidently discuss the various pharaohs and their times. .

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 Empirethree thousand years of wild drama, bold spectacle, and unforgettable characters. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, No Import Fees Deposit & $9.16 Shipping to Poland. When did they first put it all together? And yet, when it comes to ancient Egypt, scholars still balk at such an interpretation., According to royal doctrine, the kings role as defender of Egypt (and the whole of creation) involved the corresponding defeat of Egypts neighbors (who stood for chaos). We see the relentless propaganda, the cut-throat politics, the brutality and repression that lay behind the appearance of unchanging monarchy. He spells out the entire history of Ancient Egypt beautifully, however, and really gives you a sense of context for all of the rulers and monuments and events. This is to the history of Ancient Egypt what Edward Gibbon's classic "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" is to the history of Ancient Rome. Something went wrong. . How bad is your writing if even Anthony and Cleopatra come off as wooden figures? We are experiencing technical difficulties. I personally found it lagged a little during the Libyan and Kushite chapters, but overall it was remarkably well done, and at certain points I would even call it a page turner. https://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/books/the-rise-and-fall-of-ancient-egypt-review.html. And just to confuse you the former is the north and the latter the south! Modern experience suggests that the titles are more about brainwashing and subjugation than the expression of popular acclaim. The study of how the man became a leader and then divine to control a population. But what you put in should be exciting.