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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408830094
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408830093
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.4 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toby Wilkinson is an acclaimed Cambridge-based Egyptologist and the author of seminal books on life in ancient Egypt. His take on ancient and colonial history is impeccable ... His ancient sources are as thorough and as fascinating as any I have ever read ... Wilkinson's eye for significant detail, his great curiosity about and affection for his subject, justify the retelling ... The most compelling parts are the ones where Wilkinson draws on his extensive knowledge of Egypt's ancient past (Anthony Sattin, Observer)

Colourful . Without the River Nile there would be no Egypt. That might seem like entry-level geography, but Toby Wilkinson's achievement in his enjoyable survey of the Egyptian Nile's key stretch from Aswan to Cairo is to illustrate the point so compellingly ... Dexterously done and rich in detail ... Brilliant (Sunday Telegraph)

Thorough, erudite and enthusiastic . Wilkinson does his best to bring the ancient Egyptians to life, and he is a great authority on the subject (Sunday Times)

I had always presumed, before I read Wilkinson's book, that it was impossible to write a history of Egypt which combined scholarship, accessibility, and a genuine sense of revelation. I was wrong (Tom Holland, Observer)

The foremost Egyptologist of his time ... shares his erudition with us in easy prose which never talks down to us, bringing those times and places splendidly to life (Nicholas Bagnall, Sunday Telegraph)

The eminent Egyptologist from Cambridge University blends contemporary description with digestible doses of history and anecdote from the time of the Pharaohs to the present day. The book is made timely by a reference to recent events (Independent)

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A journey down river from Aswan to Cairo, through time, place and history

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2015
Format: Hardcover
I've come across Toby Wilkinson's works before (a couple of his books are still waiting for me to get to them on my overcrowded shelves) and always enjoyed reading his extremely accessible yet learned Egyptian narratives.

In this book, he has journeyed downriver (confusingly, the Egyptian norm is to consider heading north up the Nile to be downriver) from Upper Egypt (again confusingly, the southernmost part of Egypt) through Middle Egypt to Lower Egypt - from the Cataracts beyond Elephantine and Aswan all the way to Cairo. On the way, he reiterates his theme of the continuity of the Nile in Egypt's life from prehistory through ancient and modern history to the current day, and at each stopping point along the Nile journey writes of places and people of interest who have something of import to add to the location. All in all, a most interesting and intriguing way to approach Egypt - not chronologically, but geographically, thus taking in ancient to modern stories all along the way.

In the first chapter the author writes of the Nile, as it has been viewed by visitors over the centuries, including such auspicious visitors as Heredotus and Napoleon, and those who travelled the Nile such as Amelia Edwards. Then chapters 2 through 7 cover areas in Upper Egypt - Aswan, the Deep South, Luxor, Western Thebes, Qift and Qena and Abydos. Chapter 8 covers Middle Egypt, and chapters 9 and 10 cover Lower Egypt - the Fayum and Cairo. I did think it a little odd that we had 6 chapters on one third of the Nile's length, 1 chapter on the second third, and two chapters to cover the whole northern section, but perhaps the author felt that the areas in Upper Egypt were of more particular importance to the Nile itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2015
Format: Paperback
I've come across Toby Wilkinson's works before (a couple of his books are still waiting for me to get to them on my overcrowded shelves) and always enjoyed reading his extremely accessible yet learned Egyptian narratives.

In this book, he has journeyed downriver (confusingly, the Egyptian norm is to consider heading north up the Nile to be downriver) from Upper Egypt (again confusingly, the southernmost part of Egypt) through Middle Egypt to Lower Egypt - from the Cataracts beyond Elephantine and Aswan all the way to Cairo. On the way, he reiterates his theme of the continuity of the Nile in Egypt's life from prehistory through ancient and modern history to the current day, and at each stopping point along the Nile journey writes of places and people of interest who have something of import to add to the location. All in all, a most interesting and intriguing way to approach Egypt - not chronologically, but geographically, thus taking in ancient to modern stories all along the way.

In the first chapter the author writes of the Nile, as it has been viewed by visitors over the centuries, including such auspicious visitors as Heredotus and Napoleon, and those who travelled the Nile such as Amelia Edwards. Then chapters 2 through 7 cover areas in Upper Egypt - Aswan, the Deep South, Luxor, Western Thebes, Qift and Qena and Abydos. Chapter 8 covers Middle Egypt, and chapters 9 and 10 cover Lower Egypt - the Fayum and Cairo. I did think it a little odd that we had 6 chapters on one third of the Nile's length, 1 chapter on the second third, and two chapters to cover the whole northern section, but perhaps the author felt that the areas in Upper Egypt were of more particular importance to the Nile itself.
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Format: Hardcover
I've come across Toby Wilkinson's works before (a couple of his books are still waiting for me to get to them on my overcrowded shelves) and always enjoyed reading his extremely accessible yet learned Egyptian narratives.

In this book, he has journeyed downriver (confusingly, the Egyptian norm is to consider heading north up the Nile to be downriver) from Upper Egypt (again confusingly, the southernmost part of Egypt) through Middle Egypt to Lower Egypt - from the Cataracts beyond Elephantine and Aswan all the way to Cairo. On the way, he reiterates his theme of the continuity of the Nile in Egypt's life from prehistory through ancient and modern history to the current day, and at each stopping point along the Nile journey writes of places and people of interest who have something of import to add to the location. All in all, a most interesting and intriguing way to approach Egypt - not chronologically, but geographically, thus taking in ancient to modern stories all along the way.

In the first chapter the author writes of the Nile, as it has been viewed by visitors over the centuries, including such auspicious visitors as Heredotus and Napoleon, and those who travelled the Nile such as Amelia Edwards. Then chapters 2 through 7 cover areas in Upper Egypt - Aswan, the Deep South, Luxor, Western Thebes, Qift and Qena and Abydos. Chapter 8 covers Middle Egypt, and chapters 9 and 10 cover Lower Egypt - the Fayum and Cairo. I did think it a little odd that we had 6 chapters on one third of the Nile's length, 1 chapter on the second third, and two chapters to cover the whole northern section, but perhaps the author felt that the areas in Upper Egypt were of more particular importance to the Nile itself.
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