The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt - Toby Wilkinson

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

Artist Toby Wilkinson

  • Release Date: 2011-03-15
  • Genre: Ancient
Score: 3.5
From 52 Ratings



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.


  • Reads like a textbook...

    By Longhorn5555
    Well researched, but dry....
  • The Rise and fall of ancient Egypt

    By Said Aly
    The best I ever read about my country Abdel Monem Said Aly An Egyptian
  • Great read

    By Verger2ed
    Well worth the time that it takes to get through this book. Truly informative,and lightning on every level.
  • The rise and fall of ancient Egypt

    By Ken Follet
    Excellent and comprehensive review of Pharonic Egypt. Well written and an enjoyable read. A must for history buffs.