The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt (Paperback)Toby Wilkinson (author)
This is a story studded with extraordinary achievements and historic moments, from the building of the pyramids and the conquest of Nubia, through Akhenaten's religious revolution, the power and beauty of Nefertiti, the glory of Tutankhamun's burial chamber, and the ruthlessness of Ramesses, to Alexander the Great's invasion, and Cleopatra's fatal entanglement with Rome.
As the world's first nation-state, the history of Ancient Egypt is above all the story of the attempt to unite a disparate realm and defend it against hostile forces from within and without. Combining grand narrative sweep with detailed knowledge of hieroglyphs and the iconography of power, Toby Wilkinson reveals Ancient Egypt in all its complexity.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 672
Weight: 545 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 43 mm
'Wilkinson's stirring and clear sighted account of the ancient world's most enduring civilisation comes as a welcome treat' * Sunday Times Books of the Year *
'I had always presumed, before I read Wilkinson's book, that it was impossible to write a history of Egypt which combined scholarship, accessibility, and a genuine sense of revelation. I was wrong' * Observer *
'A comprehensive, illustrated history focusing on the dark side of the Pharaohs and some harsh political realities' * The List *
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A book of ancient history. A book which is quite compelling and educational. Cannot put it down an amazing read. Have answered most of my questions about the ancient world of Egypt. Such a well written book and can... More
“Easy to Read”
Covering such a large time frame the book inevitably works at a quick pace and therefore detail is perhaps lacking in some areas but overall the book is a great introduction to Ancient Egypt and would definitely... More
“Detailed yet very engaging history.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Wilkinson's book is a thorough and comprehensive history of ancient Egypt from the pre-dynastic period right through to Cleopatra and her interactions with Rome. At 672 pages this is... More
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