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Ramesses the Great: Egypt's King of Kings (Ancient Lives)

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Ramesses the Great: Egypt's King of Kings (Ancient Lives)

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The life, dramatic reign, and enduring legacy of the pharaoh Ramesses the Great, with lessons for the present, from internationally acclaimed Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson
“The author succeeds in bringing this distant age to life through telling detail and insightful analysis. . . . Whenever he can, the author takes advantage of opportunities to peer beneath the mask.”—The Economist

Ramesses II ruled the Nile Valley and the wider Egyptian empire from 1279 to 1213 B.C., one of the longest reigns in pharaonic history. He was a cultural innovator, a relentless self-promoter, and an astute diplomat—the peace treaty signed after the Battle of Kadesh was the first in recorded history. He outbuilt every other Egyptian pharaoh, leaving behind the temples of Abu Simbel; the great hypostyle hall of Karnak; the tomb for his wife Nefertari; and his own memorial, the Ramesseum.
His reputation eclipsed that of all other pharaohs as well: he was decried in the Bible as a despot, famed in literature as Ozymandias, and lauded by early antiquarians as the Younger Memnon. His rule coincided with the peak of ancient Egypt’s power and prosperity, the New Kingdom (1539–1069 B.C.).
In this authoritative biography, Toby Wilkinson considers Ramesses’ preoccupations and preferences, uncovering the methods and motivations of a megalomaniac ruler, with lessons for our own time.

Toby Wilkinson is a prizewinning Egyptologist and the author of Tutankhamun’s Trumpet: Ancient Egypt in 100 Objects from the Boy King’s Tomb, A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology, and the New York Times best seller The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt. He lives in Suffolk, UK.

ISBN: 9780300256659

ISBN-10: 9780300256659

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 05/16/2023 - 12:00am

On Sale: 05/16/2023 - 12:00am

Pages: 240

Language: English


Biography & Autobiography / Royalty

History / Ancient / Egypt

Biography & Autobiography / Historical