Few cultures have left behind as many immediately recognizable objects and buildings as ancient Egypt. The Great Pyramid and Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, the ‘Colossi of Memnon,’ the plaster bust of Nefertiti, the gold mask of Tutankhamun, the rock-cut temples at Abu Simbel, and the Rosetta Stone are all immediately recognizable. The exceptional beauty of ancient Egypt’s temples, tombs, and objects draw millions of people each year to Egypt and to museums around the world.
Treasures of Ancient Egypt tells the tale of many of these familiar places and riches—alongside many that are less familiar, but just as spectacular—framed by a lively and highly readable account of Egypt’s history from around 3000 BC to the death of Queen Cleopatra in 30 BC. Over 150 color photographs, including never-before-published images, complete this fascinating exploration of ancient Egypt’s unique culture and its contribution to world history and art.
During the half-millennium from the eleventh through the sixth century bc, the power and the glory of the imperial pharaohs of the New Kingdom crumbled in the face of internal crises and external pressures, ultimately reversed by invaders from Nubia and consolidated by natives of the Nile Delta following a series of Assyrian invasions.
Much of this era remains obscure, with little consensus among Egyptologists. Against this background, Aidan Dodson reconsiders the evidence and proposes a number of new solutions to the problems of the period. He also considers the era’s art, architecture, and archaeology, including the royal tombs of Tanis, one of which yielded the intact burials of no fewer than five pharaohs. Afterglow of Empire is extensively illustrated with images of this material, much of which is little known to non-specialists.
By the author of the bestselling Amarna Sunset and Poisoned Legacy.