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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 ...more
Hardcover, 436 pages
Published May 14th 1999 by Routledge (first published March 11th 1999)
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Michael O'Brien
Feb 24, 2017 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 ...more
Jan 29, 2013 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 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
Rob Roy
Dec 23, 2011 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

This has to be the most readable book that I’ve picked up on early dynastic Egypt so far. It hits the sweet spot between objective, professional tone and engaging style, avoiding becoming too dry and dull and consistently holding the interest. I admit it does have one or two monotonous spots – the chapter on royal mortuary architecture comes to mind – but the vast majority is written with liveliness, as well as a real understanding of the subject. The book is well-referenced for those who wish
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An excellent reference book.
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Dr Toby Wilkinson joined the International Strategy Office in July 2011, working with the Pro Vice Chancellor (Jennifer Barnes) to support the schools, faculties and departments in their international engagements, and to develop the University's international strategy, particularly with regard to research collaborations and relationships with the EU, US, India and China. Prior to this, Dr ...more