Poisoned Legacy: The Fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty

Poisoned Legacy: The Fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty


By (author) Aidan Dodson

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  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 239mm x 23mm | 748g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cairo
  • ISBN 10: 9774163958
  • ISBN 13: 9789774163951
  • Illustrations note: maps, figures
  • Sales rank: 383,895

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After the death of RamesesII, the Nineteenth Dynasty, soon fell into decline and familial conflict, culminating in a final civil war that ended with the accession of a new dynasty. Sethy I and Rameses II's promotion of a concept of a wider 'royal family' may have sown the seeds for the conflicts among their descendants.Aidan Dodson explores the mysteries of the origins of the usurper-king Amenmeses and the career of the 'king-maker' of the period, the chancellor Bay. Having helped to install at least one pharaoh on the throne, Bay's life was ended by his abrupt execution, ordered by the woman with whom he had shared the regency of Egypt for the young and disabled King Siptah. Finally, the author considers how that woman-Tawosret-became the last true female pharaoh, and how she finally lost her throne to the founder of the Twentieth Dynasty, Sethnakhte.

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Author information

AIDAN DODSONis a senior research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where he teaches Egyptology. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He is the author of Monarchs of the Nile (AUC Press, 2000) and Amarna Sunset(AUC Press, 2009).

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With copious illustrations, this book supplies intriguing insights into pharonic politics, arrived at through meticulous, knowledgeable research. Book News