This is a story studded with extraordinary achievements and historic moments, from the building of the pyramids and the conquest of Nubia, through Akhenaten's religious revolution, the power and beauty of Nefertiti, the glory of Tutankhamun's burial chamber, and the ruthlessness of Ramesses, to Alexander the Great's invasion, and Cleopatra's fatal entanglement with Rome.
As the world's first nation-state, the history of Ancient Egypt is above all the story of the attempt to unite a disparate realm and defend it against hostile forces from within and without.
Combining grand narrative sweep with detailed knowledge of hieroglyphs and the iconography of power, Toby Wilkinson reveals Ancient Egypt in all its complexity.
Praise for Early Dynastic Egypt 'The extraordinary scope and outstanding quality of this synthesis makes it a work of scholarship of the highest quality and a major contribution to Egyptology. Wilkinson has established a reputation for himself as a scholar of formidable talent and productivity' Chronique d'Egypte 'A reliable and essential book which Egyptologists will consult regularly and rewardingly' Antiquity 'This volume will be a standard reference for years to come' Journal of African History