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Ancient Egypt in the New Kingdom (1567-1085 BC) was a civilisation at its peak. This 500-year period was the era of the temples and tombs at Karnak, Thebes and the Valley of the Kings. It was witness to the first woman to rule a country in her own right, saw the first treaty settled between two nations, encompassed the Biblical Exodus, the invention of the first clock andAncient Egypt in the New Kingdom (1567-1085 BC) was a civilisation at its peak. This 500-year period was the era of the temples and tombs at Karnak, Thebes and the Valley of the Kings. It was witness to the first woman to rule a country in her own right, saw the first treaty settled between two nations, encompassed the Biblical Exodus, the invention of the first clock and the production of the most exquisite treasure known to the modern world. Still further, the New Kingdom was a dynasty of rich and extraordinary characters: Ahmose, Hatchepsut, Tuthmosis III, Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamen and Ramesses II. Tying in to a landmark BBC documentary series, Joyce Tyldesley's book tells the fascinating story of this period, a story which takes in the very invention of civilisation....

Title : Egypt's Golden Empire: The Dramatic Story of Life in the New Kingdom
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ISBN : 9780747251705
Format Type : e-Book
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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  • martin
    2019-03-22 12:32

    I got this to prepare for a trip to Egypt, not wanting to arrive there cluelessly reliant on the tour guides or guidebooks. It's from a TV series so a bit episodic but it's a good introduction and there's a helpful bibliography at the end for those who want to know more. Chapters on the histories of the Pharaohs and their deeds are interspersed with discussion of social issues and these are often interesting, especially the chapters on the Theban tomb builders and the undertakers/morticians. The Amarna period and Hatshepsut seem to be her favourites and those sections are fascinating but after Ramesses II she seems to flit very quickly to the end of the New Kingdom, either because she has less interest or information on that period or because the TV series medium didn't allow too much coverage of the later Pharaohs. I'm no Egyptologist but I like her honest assessment of the (un)reliability of original sources. History written by the victors and the powerful is rarely unbiased. She successfully takes the boasts of the Pharaohs and makes them an interesting theme in themselves throughout the book

  • Siria
    2019-04-17 06:32

    A good, general overview of New Kingdom Egyptian history. A little too general in places, and there are a number of times when she states something as a fact when there is in fact some debate in Egyptological circles as to whether or not it is true. Her overview of the Amarnan period is notable for its clarity and succinctness. Even if there are a couple of points where I would quibble with her, I do appreciate the way in which she points out the worship of the Aten was not a monotheistic religion, because that's one of my pet bugbears. Overall, a recommended general introduction.