[PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra


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  • The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra
  • Toby Wilkinson
  • English
  • 09 April 2020
  • 9780553805536

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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Free read ó 0 Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Toby Wilkinson 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 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 oth. 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

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

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Free read ó 0 Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ 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. At the end of this week I m 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 And just to confuse you the former is the north and the latter the south It s the ancient Egyptian view of the world you see all upside down A lot of my extramural reading for the past while has been dedicated to books with an Egyptian theme including Lawrence Durrell s Alexandria uartet Olivia Manning s Levant Trilogy what a super and sadly neglected writer she is and Naguib Mahfouz s Palace Walk the first in the Cairo Trilogy Agatha Christie s Death on the Nile is ready to be packed because I really want to read that sailing down the Nile It will be yet another literary milestone for me having read The uite American in Saigon and Our Man in Havana in Havana But it s the history of ancient Egypt that I really wanted to get close to I know bleeding chunks already I imagine most people know something even if it s only smatterings about Tutankhamen buried treasure and mummies curses What I needed though was a decent overview one that would take me through the whole spectrum of Egyptian history which is precisely why I alighted on The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson This is a good book for a general audience for people like me coming to find a pattern in the pieces of a mosaic The title is a little misleading in that the Egypt of the pharaohs beginning with the formation of the kingdom under Narmer in 2950BC rose and fell and rose and fell and rose and fell time and again The wheel of history has never being better illustrated from the Old Kingdom through the Middle Kingdom to the New Kingdom with several intermediate periods between Add to that over thirty dynasties then one begins to appreciate the sheer scale of things the breathtaking passage of time For me it really is sobering to think that over a thousand years separates Narmer from Ramesses II the Ozymandius of Shelly s poem that Cleopatra the final independent ruler of Egypt actually from a dynasty of Greek interlopers was as far removed from the founder as modern England is from the builders of StonehengeAt just over 500 pages Wilkinson tells his story well in an easy and at points highly discursive manner I dare say purists will find all sorts of faults but I enjoyed it It s the kind of book that leaves one wanting to know which is all to the good The story is a complicated one The sheer number of rulers dynasties ups downs ins outs and transitions tends to leave one a little breathless I found myself continually turning back to the timeline helpfully provided at the beginning just to put people and events into contextThere are weaknesses Given that religion played such an important part in Egyptian history a dedicated chapter on the main gods forms of worship and patterns of belief would have been useful It s all there certainly but in uite a fragmented manner scattered about like shards of pottery Still all criticism aside The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt served its purpose and served it well I now have a framework in my head which will allow me to put the traces and fragments I hope see on my travels in proper context And that is exactly what I was looking for a handy guidebook to one of the most beguiling phases in the history of civilization

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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Free read ó 0 Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Toby Wilkinson Society with 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. 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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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra From first picking it up it became hard every time I had to put it down The combination of fluid easy writing and the fact

  2. says: [PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra

    [PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra At the end of this week I’m 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 And just to confuse you the former is the north and the latter the south It’s the ancient Egyptian view of the world you see all up

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Toby Wilkinson Toby Wilkinson ↠ 0 Free download 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

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    Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Toby Wilkinson Toby Wilkinson ↠ 0 Free download Review The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Those darn ancient Egyptians have always confused me to no end When did they first put it all together? Why are there so many different eras of kingdoms? When was the last hieroglyphic written? I just needed one massive volume to explain it all to me as Wikipedia was unable to keep up with my constant viewing After reading this book all the other books on Egypt now make sense and I can confidently discuss the v

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    Toby Wilkinson ↠ 0 Free download Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Toby Wilkinson [PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Despite its length and the claims on the jacket flap this book is definitely a popularization and not as I had hoped it might be a up to date replacement for the earlier standard histories such as the one author book by Nicolas Grimal or the collaborative Oxford history edited by Ian Shaw The sketchy and vague coverage of the predynastic and early dynastic period was particularly disappointing since this is t

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Toby Wilkinson 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 g

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    Review The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Toby Wilkinson ↠ 0 Free download Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Toby Wilkinson 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 nowher

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Toby Wilkinson A very good narrative of ancient Egyptian history 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 ueen Cleopatra with a sketchy coverage of the predynastic periodThe author has a good narrative style that flows through the various d

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Summary Ò PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Toby Wilkinson Toby Wilkinson ↠ 0 Free download A wonderful history of the Ancient Egyptian empire from it's founding with the first King Narmer in 3100 BC to the death of Cleopatra and the last days of Ptolemaic Egypt Though no fault of his own Wilkinson's book

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    [PDF/EBOOK] The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt The History of a Civilization from 3000 BC to Cleopatra Incredibly well researched and lots of very readable parts But I think probably of necessity covering all that ground meant cutting back on a holistic overview The conclusion for example is very abrupt

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