The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt
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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 43mm | 545g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1408810026
  • 9781408810026
  • 71,207

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`A sophisticated and complete account of the world's first nation state' * The Times Books of the Year * `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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About Toby Wilkinson

Toby Wilkinson read Egyptology at Cambridge University. Since January 2004 he has been a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. An acknowledged expert on ancient Egyptian civilisation, he has given lectures around the world and his international reputation has led to invitations to contribute to other major collaborative projects. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History and has broadcast on radio and tv in the UK and abroad, including BBC's `Horizon' and Channel 4`s `Private Lives of the Pharaohs', and was the consultant for the BBC's award-winning documentary on the building of the Great Pyramid. His books include the critically acclaimed Dictionary of Ancient Egypt and Genesis of the Pharaohs, and he edited the recent encyclopedia The Egyptian World. He lives in Cambridge.
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2,425 ratings
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The history of ancient Egypt is remarkable and despite Toby Wilkinson's earlier books been of scholarly value, here it seems he took a few too many angry pills before sitting down to write this book. As a student in Egyptology who has also worked in the construction industry, yes it is tough, but at the same time very rewarding job to see ones labours rise out of the ground, be it a building or bridge provides a sense of achievement and pride. Something the workers, even those relegating to the most back breaking work would have have felt. Still worth reading.show more
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