Poisoned Legacy

The Fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty: Revised Edition

Aidan Dodson

After the death of Rameses II, the Nineteenth Dynasty soon fell into decline and familial conflict, culminating in a final civil war that ended with t

English edition
1 May 2016
222 pp.
127 b/w photographs
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774167522
For sale worldwide

$19.95

After the death of Rameses II, the Nineteenth Dynasty soon fell into decline and familial conflict, culminating in a final civil war that ended with the accession of a new dynasty. Sethy I and Rameses II’s promotion of a concept of a wider ‘royal family’ may have sown the seeds for the conflicts among their descendants. Aidan Dodson explores the mysteries of the origins of the usurper-king Amenmeses and the career of the ‘king-maker’ of the period, the chancellor Bay. Having helped to install at least one pharaoh on the throne, Bay’s life was ended by his abrupt execution, ordered by the woman with whom he had shared the regency of Egypt for the young and disabled King Siptah. Finally, the author considers how that woman—Tawosret—became the last true female pharaoh, and how she finally lost her throne to the founder of the Twentieth Dynasty, Sethnakhte.

Aidan Dodson

AIDAN DODSON is a senior research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where he teaches Egyptology. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He is the author of Amarna Sunrise: Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy (AUC Press, forthcoming), Afterglow of Empire: Egypt from the Fall of the New Kingdom to the Saite Renaissance, (AUC Press, 2012), Poisoned Legacy: The Fall of the 19th Egyptian Dynasty (AUC Press, 2010), Amarna Sunset (AUC Press, 2009), and Monarchs of the Nile (AUC Press, 2000).
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