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PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Writings from Ancient Egypt books 'Man perishes; his corpse turns to dust; all his relatives pass away. But writings make him remembered.'The fascination Ancient Egypt holds in our minds has many sources, but at the heart of it lie hieroglyphics. This extraordinary writing system was for many years seen as the ultimate challenge and puzzle before finally being cracked in the 1820s. Preserved carved in stone or inked on papyri, hieroglyphic writings give a unique insight into an awe-inspiring but also deeply mysterious culture.Toby Wilkinson has translated a rich selection of pieces, ranging from accounts of battles to hymns to stories to royal proclamations. This book is both very enjoyable and an essential resource for anyone wanting to study one of humankind's great civilizations.

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

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The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Toby WilkinsonNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In this landmark work, 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 final absorption into the Roman Empire—three thousand years of wild drama, bold spectacle, and unforgettable characters.

Award-winning scholar Toby Wilkinson captures not only the lavish pomp and artistic grandeur of this land of pyramids and pharaohs but for the first time reveals the constant propaganda and repression that were its foundations. Drawing upon forty years of archaeological research, Wilkinson takes us inside an exotic tribal society with a pre-monetary economy and decadent, divine kings who ruled with all-too-recognizable human emotions.

Here are the years of the Old Kingdom, where Pepi II, made king as an infant, was later undermined by rumors of his affair with an army general, and the Middle Kingdom, a golden age of literature and jewelry in which the benefits of the afterlife became available for all, not just royalty—a concept later underlying Christianity. Wilkinson then explores the legendary era of the New Kingdom, a lost world of breathtaking opulence founded by Ahmose, whose parents were siblings, and who married his sister and transformed worship of his family into a national cult. Other leaders include Akhenaten, the “heretic king,” who with his wife Nefertiti brought about a revolution with a bold new religion; his son 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 crucial political and societal decline.

Riveting and revelatory, filled with new information and unique interpretations, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt will become the standard source about this great civilization, one that lasted—so far—longer than any other.

From the Hardcover edition.

The Nile

Toby WilkinsonA hypnotic journey in the company of one of the world's most acclaimed Egyptologists over the fabled river telling how the Nile continually brought life to an ancient civilization now dead and how it sustained its successors, now in tumult.

Renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson leads us through space as much as time: from the river's mystical sources (the Blue Nile which rises in Ethiopia, and the White Nile coursing from majestic Lake Victoria); to Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple; the fertile Delta; Giza, home of the Great Pyramid, the sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World; and finally, to the pulsating capital city of Cairo, where the Arab Spring erupted on the bridges over the Nile. Along the way, he introduces us to mysterious and fabled characters-the gods, godlike pharaohs, emperors and empresses, who joined their fate to the Nile and gained immortality; the adventurers, archaeologists, and historians who have all fallen under its spell. With matchless erudition and storytelling skill, through a lens equal to both panoramas and close-ups, Wilkinson brings millennia of history into view.

Writings from Ancient Egypt

Toby Wilkinson'Man perishes; his corpse turns to dust; all his relatives pass away. But writings make him remembered.'

The fascination Ancient Egypt holds in our minds has many sources, but at the heart of it lie hieroglyphics. This extraordinary writing system was for many years seen as the ultimate challenge and puzzle before finally being cracked in the 1820s. Preserved carved in stone or inked on papyri, hieroglyphic writings give a unique insight into an awe-inspiring but also deeply mysterious culture.

Toby Wilkinson has translated a rich selection of pieces, ranging from accounts of battles to hymns to stories to royal proclamations. This book is both very enjoyable and an essential resource for anyone wanting to study one of humankind's great civilizations.

Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers and Commoners

Toby Wilkinson100 biographies reveal the true character and diversity of the ancient world's greatest civilization

The biographies included here give voice not only to ancient Egypt's rulers but also to the people who built the great monuments, staffed government offices, farmed, served in the temples, and fought to defend the country's borders. Spanning thousands of years of ancient Egyptian history, the book offers a fresh perspective on an always fascinating civilization through the lives of:
The god-kings, from great rulers like Khufu and Ramesses II to less famous monarchs such as Amenemhat I and Osorkon Egypt's queens: the powerful Tiye, the beautiful Nefertiti, Tutankhamun's tragic child-bride Ankhesenamun, and the infamous Cleopatra The officials who served the pharaoh: the architect Imhotep who designed the first pyramid, the court dwarf Perniankhu, and the royal sculptor Bak Ordinary women who are often overlooked in official accounts: Hemira, a humble priestess from a provincial Delta town, and Naunakht, whose will reveals the trials and tribulations of family life Commoners and foreigners such as the irascible farmer Hekanakht, the serial criminal Paneb, and Urhiya, the mercenary who rose to the rank of general in the Egyptian army.
 Lives of the Ancient Egyptians offers remarkable insights into the history and culture of the Nile Valley and very personal glimpses of a vanished world.

Note: The ebook edition includes the complete text of the printed book without illustrations 

Auge y caída del antiguo Egipto

Toby WilkinsonLa historia de una civilización desde el 3000 a.C. hasta Cleopatra.

La historia del antiguo Egipto y la extraordinaria civilización que floreció a orillas del Nilo es un relato increíble repleto de acontecimientos excepcionales, como la construcción de las pirámides, la conquista de Nubia, la revolución religiosa de Ajenatón, el poder y la belleza de Nefertiti, la vida y la muerte de Tutankamón, la crueldad de Ramsés, la invasión de Alejandro Magno y la relación fatal de Cleopatra con Roma que acabó con la caída del Egipto ptolemaico.

Pero si los tres mil años de civilización faraónica contienen todos los elementos de una novela épica -cortes fastuosas, intrigas dinásticas, turbios asesinatos y batallas legendarias; historias individuales de heroísmo y villanía, de triunfo y de tragedia; mujeres poderosas y reyes despóticos- la realidad histórica es aún más sorprendente y mucho más interesante. Los antiguos egipcios fueron el primer pueblo en compartir una cultura, una perspectiva y una identidad, dentro de un territorio definido y bajo una autoridad política común: el concepto de nación que sigue imperando en el mundo. Como primer estado nación, la historia del antiguo Egipto es sobre todo la historia de cómo se unió un reino dispar y de cómo se defendió de sus enemigos.

En esta magnífica obra ilustrada, Toby Wilkinson combina un amplio arco narrativo con su detallado conocimiento de los jeroglíficos y la iconografía del poder, para revelar toda la complejidad del antiguo Egipto y contarnos la historia de una de las civilizaciones más influyentes y duraderas desde sus albores hasta la muerte de Cleopatra.

Reseñas:
«Siempre supuse, antes de leer el libro de Wilkinson, que era imposible escribir una historia de Egipto que combinara erudición, sencillez y autenticidad. Estaba equivocado.»
Observer

«Absolutamente divino... un riguroso y entusiasta viaje a galope a través de tres mil años extraordinarios.»
The Sunday Times

«Una exhaustiva historia ilustrada que se centra en el lado oscuro de los faraones y en turbias realidades políticas.»
The List

«Una aguda panorámica de una civilización antigua a menudo reverenciada por estudiosos y entusiastas.»
Publishers Weekly

«Un relato sofisticado y completo sobre el primer estado nación de la historia.»
The Times Books of the Year

Het oude Egypte

Toby WilkinsonIn deze meesterlijk geschiedenis van het oude Egypte vertelt Toby Wilkinson het verhaal van een van de grootste beschavingen die ooit hebben bestaan. De geschiedenis van het oude Egypte en de uitzonderlijke beschaving die gedurende drieduizend jaar bloeide langs de oevers van de Nijl, lijkt een spektakelstuk vol bijzondere gebeurtenissen: de bouw van de piramides, de verovering van Nubia, de kracht en schoonheid van Nefertiti, de invasie van Alexander de Grote en Cleopatras fatale relatie met Rome die leidde tot de val van de Ptolomeeën. De oude Egyptenaren waren de eerste groep mensen die een gemeenschappelijke cultuur, opvatting en identiteit deelden in een begrensd geografisch territorium dat bovendien bestuurd werd door één enkele politieke instantie. Het oude Egypte was daarmee de eerste natiestaat ter wereld die zich door zich te verenigen kon beschermen tegen vijandelijke krachten van buitenaf én van binnenuit. In dit magnifieke boek combineert Toby Wilkinson gedetailleerde kennis van het oude Egypte met een uiterst spannend verhaal dat leest als een epische roman. We lezen over de meedogenloze propaganda, de gewelddadige politiek, de wreedheid en de repressie die schuilgaat achter de verschijning van deze standvastige monarchie en de indrukwekkende architecturale en culturele successen waardoor zij zo beroemd is geworden.

Nilo

Toby WilkinsonL'Egitto è il Nilo, il Nilo l'Egitto. È una sensazione che trascende il trascorrere degli anni e i tumultuosi eventi della storia: chi visita il Nilo sente gli stessi odori degli antichi egizi, di polvere calda e canne umide, e del fiume stesso, che scorre tranquillo verso Nord.
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