Ancient History & Civilisation

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Magisterial . . . [A] rich portrait of ancient Egypt’s complex evolution over the course of three millenniums.”—Los Angeles Times

 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Washington Post • Publishers Weekly
 
In this landmark volume, 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 absorption into the Roman Empire. Drawing upon forty years of archaeological research, award-winning scholar Toby Wilkinson takes us inside a tribal society with a pre-monetary economy and decadent, divine kings who ruled with all-too-recognizable human emotions. 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. 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.
 
“With a literary flair and a sense for a story well told, Mr. Wilkinson offers a highly readable, factually up-to-date account.”—The Wall Street Journal
 
“[Wilkinson] writes with considerable verve. . . . [He] is nimble at conveying the sumptuous pageantry and cultural sophistication of pharaonic Egypt.”—The New York Times

TIMELINE

INTRODUCTION

PART I: DIVINE RIGHT (5000–2175 B.C.)

Chapter 1. IN THE BEGINNING

Chapter 2. GOD INCARNATE

Chapter 3. ABSOLUTE POWER

Chapter 4. HEAVEN ON EARTH

Chapter 5. ETERNITY ASSURED

PART II: END OF INNOCENCE (2175–1541 B.C.)

Chapter 6. CIVIL WAR

Chapter 7. PARADISE POSTPONED

Chapter 8 THE FACE OF TYRANNY

Chapter 9. BITTER HARVEST

PART III: THE POWER AND THE GLORY (1541–1322 B.C.)

Chapter 10. ORDER REIMPOSED

Chapter 11. PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES

Chapter 12. KING AND COUNTRY

Chapter 13. GOLDEN AGE

Chapter 14. ROYAL REVOLUTION

PART IV: MILITARY MIGHT (1322–1069 B.C.)

Chapter 15. MARTIAL LAW

Chapter 16. WAR AND PEACE

Chapter 17. TRIUMPH AND TRAGEDY

Chapter 18. DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD

PART V: CHANGE AND DECAY (1069–30 B.C.)

Chapter 19. A HOUSE DIVIDED

Chapter 20. JERUSALEM THE GOLDEN

Chapter 21. FORTUNE’S FICKLE WHEEL

Chapter 22. INVASION AND INTROSPECTION

Chapter 23. THE LONG GOODBYE

Chapter 24. FINIS

EPILOGUE

PHOTO INSERT - ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

NOTES

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