The Culture of Ancient Egypt
The story of Egypt is the story of history itself—the endless rise and fall, the life and death and life again of the eternal human effort to endure, enjoy, and understand the mystery of our universe. Emerging from the ancient mists of time, Egypt met the challenge of the mystery in a glorious evolution of religious, intellectual, and political institutions and for two millenniums flourished with all the vigor that the human heart can invest in a social and cultural order. Then Egypt began to crumble into the desert sands and the waters of the Nile, and her remarkable achievements in civilization became her lingering epitaph. John A. Wilson has written a rich and interpretive biography of one of the greatest cultural periods in human experience. He answers—as best the modern Egyptologist can—the questions inevitably asked concerning the dissolution of Egypt's glory. Here is scholarship in its finest form, concerned with the humanity that has preceded us, and finding in man's past grandeur and failure much meaning for men of today.
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THE BLACK LAND Geographic Factors of Egypt
OUT OF THE MUD The Long Prehistoric Struggle
THE SEARCH FOR SECURITY AND ORDER Dynasties 13 about 31002700 BC
THE KING AND GOD Dynasties 46 about 27002200 BC
THE FIRST ILLNESS Dynasties 711 about 22002050 BC
THE KING AS THE GOOD SHEPHERD Dynasties 1112 about 20501800 BC
THE GREAT HUMILIATION Dynasties 1317 about 18001550 BC
FAR FRONTIERS Earlier Dynasty 18 about 15501375 BC
IRREPRESSIBLE CONFLICT Later Dynasty 18 about 13751325 BC
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