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The Nile

A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present
Wilkinson, Toby A. H. (Book - 2014 )
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It was Herodotus who first called Egypt "the gift of the river." Now renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us along the Nile to reveal how it continues to hold the key to understanding the earliest of the great ancient civilizations as well as the volatile and rapidly modernizing country that is Egypt today. Wilkinson's narrative takes us from the river's mystical sources (the Blue Nile which rises in Ethiopia, and the White Nile coursing from majestic Lake Victoria); to Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple; the fertile Delta; Giza, home of the Great Pyramid, the sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World; and finally, to the pulsating capital city of Cairo, where the Arab Spring erupted on the bridges over the Nile. Along the way, he introduces us to mysterious and fabled characters--the gods and pharaohs, emperors and empresses, who joined their fate to the Nile and gained immortality; the adventurers, archaeologists, and historians who have all fallen under its spell. With matchless erudition and storytelling skill, through both panoramas and close-ups, Wilkinson brings millennia of history into view.--From publisher description.
Authors: Wilkinson, Toby A. H.
Title: The Nile
a journey downriver through Egypt's past and present
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2014
Edition: First American edition
Characteristics: xv, 292 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (chiefly color), maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Toby Wilkinson
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Bloomsbury Publishing, London" in 2014
Contents: The Nile : Egypt's eternal river
Aswan : source of the Nile
The deep south : where Egypt began
Luxor : city of wonders
Western Thebes : realm of the dead
Qift and Qena : the centre and the provinces
Abydos : place of mysteries
Middle Egypt : cradle of religion
The Fayum : a lake in the desert
Cairo : Egypt's capital
Summary: It was Herodotus who first called Egypt "the gift of the river." Now renowned Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson takes us along the Nile to reveal how it continues to hold the key to understanding the earliest of the great ancient civilizations as well as the volatile and rapidly modernizing country that is Egypt today. Wilkinson's narrative takes us from the river's mystical sources (the Blue Nile which rises in Ethiopia, and the White Nile coursing from majestic Lake Victoria); to Thebes, with its Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and Luxor Temple; the fertile Delta; Giza, home of the Great Pyramid, the sole surviving Wonder of the Ancient World; and finally, to the pulsating capital city of Cairo, where the Arab Spring erupted on the bridges over the Nile. Along the way, he introduces us to mysterious and fabled characters--the gods and pharaohs, emperors and empresses, who joined their fate to the Nile and gained immortality; the adventurers, archaeologists, and historians who have all fallen under its spell. With matchless erudition and storytelling skill, through both panoramas and close-ups, Wilkinson brings millennia of history into view.--From publisher description.
ISBN: 9780385351553
0385351550
9780385351560
Branch Call Number: 962 W6877n 2014
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [271]-280) and index
Subject Headings: Wilkinson, Toby A. H. Travel Nile River Nile River Valley Description and travel Nile River Valley History Egypt Civilization
LCCN: 2013045874
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