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Early Dynastic Egypt

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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 cha ...more
Hardcover, 413 pages
Published May 14th 1999 by Routledge (first published March 11th 1999)
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Jan 29, 2013 Banole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Wilkinson offers his readers a view of early dynastic Egypt that is a perfect example of what is wrong with the so-called "norms of Egyptological scholarship".

All of the classical ancient writers, Greek and Roman, recognized the fact that "ancient Egypt" and "Nubia" were part of the same ancient Nile Valley complex of African civilizations.

For these writers, human civilization descended down the great Nile river from the heart of Africa.
For them the "ancient Egyptians" and the "Nubians" were
Oct 23, 2007 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egypt
Wilkinson came to speak, and I was so inspired by his book that I read it, even through the academic term, which is something I usually don't bother with since I have enough assigned reading.
The first half is great; very informative and fairly well written. It's not precisely literature, but it is certainly readable. It gives a good overview of topics like the often ambiguous history of Early Dynastic Egypt, and makes good reading. He cites a lot of sources, and offers something for generalist
Feb 24, 2017 Michael rated it liked it
A dry, academic work. Reads like college textbooks and the kind of articles you find in scholastic journals in university libraries. I thought it was interesting, and those with a deep interest in archaeology in general and Egyptology in particular might also --- but, for the average reader just seeking a book to learn more about Ancient Egypt, probably not so much. Given the lack of solid reliable written records from the time of Ancient Egypt, much of what we know about it seems to be based up ...more
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Dec 23, 2011 Rob Roy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 22-ancient-egypt
A wonderful study of the first three dynasties of ancient Egypt. However, this book is not for the novice. It assumes a level of knowledge of one who has studied the period for a while. If however, you are an arm chair Egyptologist, you will love this volume, and devour each chapter. While Wilkerson does have a chapter listing the kings, and what is known of each, the book deals with the culture, people, religion, and technology of the time. This is not a political history, but rather a cultural ...more
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Wilkinson was born in 1969. He read Egyptology at Downing College, University of Cambridge. He graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts and was awarded the Thomas Mulvey Egyptology Prize. He completed his PhD at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1993.
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