- Gebundene Ausgabe: 662 Seiten
- Verlag: Century (6. März 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0712677623
- ISBN-13: 978-0712677622
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 3,2 x 25,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.932.413 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Lords of Avaris (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. März 2007
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"It is refreshing to find an approach that genuinely seeks to see the 'big picture'. The book is extremely well-produced. It is an intriguing thesis'" (Ancient Egypt)
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David Rohl, developer of the New Chronology, or a new timeline, for the ancient world's events attempts to put the ancient legends of the reunification of Egypt, Homer's Trojan War, the arrival in the Levant of the "Philistines", the marauding attacks of the "Sea Peoples" and even the founding of Rome into a new historical context.
Orthodox historians have tried - and failed - to place these legends into historical context and have therefore consigned them to the status of pure myth without any basis in fact. David Rohl takes a different tack and, with his "heretical" New Chronology, is able to look at these ancient legends and accept that there may be kernels of truth in the old legends. He carefully builds his case over 600 pages wherein he purports to show that something like these events actually took place, but at different times than orthodox chronology and its adherents expect.
Mr. Rohl is not a "revisionist" and I would point out that orthodox dogma is overturned quite frequently as new ideas are put forth, tested and after much angst finally accepted. "Clovis First" in North America, for example, still has adherents despite mounting evidence that humans were in the Americas before Clovis culture appeared.
I enjoyed this book! I say that as someone who has read many works by eminent historians who spend multiple chapters on pottery sherds. Mr. Rohl covers pottery, artistic styles, languages and anicent legends while tying them together to reach his conclusions. The author writes entertainingly and often uses humor. He anticipates reader questions and is ready with answers. He covers these events and times with a "big picture" approach, never dumping too much for the general reader to handle. This is not history "lite", but rather history simplified for the general reader as well as the historian who is already familiar with the specifics. He helps the general reader by summarizing his conclusions at the end of sections and chapters.
This is an excellent and challenging work that neither talks down to nor over the head of the general audience. It is entertaining and challenges the reader to think about concepts rather than simply dumping data and hypotheses on the reader. This was a fun and interesting read and I recommend it with five stars.
One criticism I do have is that David has neglected to provide a full chronology in the book - one has to bring a whole lot of small timelines together oneself in some difficulty. I would recommend this book to anyone with the desire to picture the history of nations in a nutshell.