From its humble origins as a cluster of rival chiefdoms along the banks of the Nile River, ancient Egypt rose to become one of the most advanced civilizations of its time. This atlas traces its turbulent history and remarkable cultural development, from the founding of the Memphis around 5000 B. C. through the territorial expansion and flourishing trade of the "age of empire," to Greek domination and ultimate collapse. Political rivalries are charted through the successive dynasties, from the strife of the intermediate periods to the golden ages of prosperity and artistic glory under Akhenaten, Tutankhamen and Ramses II. The latest archaeological evidence is used to cast new light on the vast architectural legacy of the world's first great nation state.
- Over 60 full color maps
- Innovative, informative, up-to-date and visually exciting
- Special features and timelines
- Over 70 illustrations in color and black and white
- Indispensable one-volume handbook for students and interested lay readers alike
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