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Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers and Commoners [Kindle Edition]

Toby Wilkinson

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What was it really like to live in ancient Egypt? Lives of the Ancient Egyptians is packed with one hundred personal stories of ambition and intrigue, of triumph, despair and love, that compelling recreate the world of the pharaohs. here are famous pharaohs, from Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid, to Akhenaten and Ramesses II but also the ordinary men and women, so often ignored in histories of ancient Egypt: a doctor, a sailor, a housewife and a serial criminal. Note: The ebook edition includes the complete text of the printed book without illustrations


This sumptuous new book reveals the greatest civilization of the ancient world through the lives of 100 men and women who experienced it at first hand. Lavishly illustrated with spectacular works of art and scenes of daily life, "Lives of the Ancient Egyptians" offers unique and remarkable insights into the history and culture of the Nile Valley, treating the reader to very personal glimpses of a vanished world, and a fresh perspective on a bewitching civilization.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 800 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thames and Hudson Ltd (7. Mai 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DRF77Z6
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Beautiful, Kaleidoscopic View of Ancient Egypt 29. Februar 2008
Von Bruce Trinque - Veröffentlicht auf
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Toby Wilkinson's "Lives of the Ancient Egyptians" is published by Thames & Hudson. That in itself, as lovers of books on art and archaeology will attest, means superb physical quality with thick, glossy pages, and crisp printing, and well-reproduced illustrations. But the illustrations here illuminate rather than overwhelm Wilkinson's text.

The author states that he set out, through the presentation of short biographies, to tell the story of three thousand years of Ancient Egyptian history, cutting across chronological, geographical, and social boundaries. And he has largely succeeded. As Wilkinson himself states in his foreword, the limits of available evidence of course did constrain him from achieving a uniformity of coverage. A full tenth of the included biographies deal with the last half of the 14th century BCE, the time of Akhenaten and Nefertiti and their successors (a fascinating period, to be sure, and deserving of this closer focus). The majority of the biographies are those of kings and queens, but a good number of relatively low-level commoners are included as well, evidence permitting.

All in all, "The Lives of the Ancient Egyptians" is a vivid presentation of a wonderful stretch of history, from Narmer, the first pharaoh of the First Dynasty to Cleopatra VII and the fall of Egypt under Roman domination, looking at day-to-day life as well as great events. The organization of the book, mostly biographies a few pages long, makes it ideal for browsing, dipping in for a quick read and then coming back to it days or weeks later (which is not to say that it cannot or should not be read as a continuous kaleidoscope of Ancient Egyptian history). This volume immediately won a permanent spot on my over-crowded bookshelves.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Book! 19. Februar 2009
Von D. R. Camp - Veröffentlicht auf
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I've been to Egypt twice and have read many books... this book is one of my favorites! I love to hear the stories of everyday people and what their lives were like. The author gives a highly readable account of those lives.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wilkinson does it again! 6. Dezember 2012
Von Lester A. Picker - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is the 3rd or 4th book I own of Toby Wilkinson's. His clear prose and prodigious scholarship never fail to make his books enjoyable and full of the detail I need as an author of the First Dynasty Series (The First Pharaoh, The Dagger of Isis and the upcoming Qa'a). His works are the most readable I use in my research.

Lester Picker
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Sourcebook 9. August 2013
Von Diana Wilder - Veröffentlicht auf
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A writer of novels set in the early days of dynastic Egypt mentioned this book, and I decided to take a look at it. I ultimately ordered a copy, and read it after a family member hijacked it and read it.

I like to be able to visualize things, to get inside the heads of those I write about. I have done a lot of research, but the premise of this - a survey of various people in different walks of life throughout Egyptian history. It is profusely illustrated with good-quality photographs, and Wilkinson's prose is enjoyable.

The book was, of necessity, not an in-depth study. You would need to do a set book on each type of person - a farmer, a vizier, a general, a king - and there was simply not enough room to do so. Some assumptions were made that were unsupported. For example the thought that Khaemwaset, son of Ramesses II and High Priest of Ptah, among other high ranks, culminating in that of Crown Prince in year 55 of Ramesses' long reign, was Ramesses' favorite son. He may have been. That is not a flaw. Mr. Wilkinson interprets information for us, sets out a good, enjoyable narrative, and gives insights that we might not have reached on our own.

Another example is describing one prince who 'Announced the King's Jubilees' as a sort of herald. A herald? Hm, I hadn't thought of that! What a fascinating notion - thank you Mr. Wilkinson!

The book is a delight to read: it is well-written, follows some interesting people, has lots of illustrations, and reflects the musings and interpretations of a truly engaging author. Five stars. It now sits on my shelf in hardcover.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fascinating read 28. Juni 2013
Von Larry Reed - Veröffentlicht auf
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I had no idea so much was known about the personal histories of the pharaohs and their courts. The author does a wonderful job of describing the historical circumstances of each dynasty and of particular pharaohs and their families and advisers. He is adept at bringing a sense of humanity to most of the historical figures. The maps,photos and artwork give a concreteness to the subject which are invaluable to our understanding of historical and personal contexts.
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