Early Dynastic Egypt

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 12, 2002 - Social Science - 440 pages
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Early Dynastic Egypt spans the five centuries preceding the construction of the Great Pyramid at Giza. This was the formative period of ancient Egyptian civilization, and it witnessed the creation of a distinctive culture that was to endure for 3,000 years. This book examines the background to that great achievement, the mechanisms by which it was accomplished, and the character of life in the Nile valley during the first 500 years of Pharaonic rule.
The results of over thirty years of international scholarship and excavation are presented in a single highly illustrated volume. It traces the re-discovery of Early Dynastic Egypt, explains how the dynasties established themselves in government and concludes by examining the impact of the early state on individual communities and regions.

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Toby (A. H.) Wilkinson was born in 1969. He graduated from Downing College, University of Cambridge. with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was awarded the Thomas Mulvey Egyptology Prize. He completed his Ph. D at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1993. In 2011, Wilkinson won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize, awarded to the best work of non-fiction of historical content, for his book The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: The History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra. This book was also on the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. His other works include: Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New Discoveries That Rewrite the Origins of Ancient Egypt (2003); The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (2nd edition, 2008); and Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers and Commoners (2007).

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