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Description - A Short History of Ancient Egypt by T. G. H. James

Provides an overview of Ancient Egypt from its rise from the marshes to its submission to Rome. The author of the text describes how, in about 3100 BC, the Egyptians first forged a unified administration and established a dynasty of kings. The text follows the development of Egypt's greatest achievements: the organization of a national irrigation system; learning to write; and the construction of cities and tombs out of mud brick. At first, the author explains, the chief adversaries of the Egyptians were themselves. Civil strife could arise from floods or from ambitious factions of the royal families, but in time the bounty of Egyptians agriculture, the grandeur of Egyptian art and buildings, and the ostentation of Egyptian wealth excited the envy and aggression of other nations. The text concludes with an account of how Egypt first fought to retain its independence and then finally succumbed to the conquests of Persia, Greece and Rome.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801859335
ISBN-10: 0801859336
Format: Paperback
(248mm x 267mm x mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 28-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - T. G. H. James

T. G. H. James was Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities of the British Museum from 1974 to 1988. Currently retired, he is the author of Pharaoh's People, Egyptian Painting, and Egypt: The Living Past.