By Michael Rice

Already a vintage and usual textual content, this moment version has been completely revised and up to date within the mild of the numerous discoveries made considering the fact that its first e-book. Michael Rice's daring and unique paintings conjures up the fascination and sweetness of the main historic interval of Egypt's history.

Covering an important variety of issues, together with formative impacts within the political and social association and paintings of Egypt, the origins of kingship, the age of pyramids, the character of Egypt's touch with the lands round the Arabian Gulf, and the earliest identifiable advancements of the ancient Egyptian personality.

Egypt's Making is a scholarly but readable and inventive method of this compelling historic civilization.

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Between the end of the First Dynasty and the beginning of the Fourth (a period of little more than five hundred years) elephant, rhinoceros, giraffe, and the gerenuk gazelle disappeared from the lands north of Aswan. During this time, too, they disappear from the pictorial records in tombs of the chase, which reveal with commendable accuracy the environment and ecology of Egypt at the beginning of her history. Some animals survived, however, despite the odds laid against them by man and climate.

An even more extraordinary and almost unbelievably early experiment in the domestication of plants and animals carried out in the far southern Egyptian deserts, substantially before 10000 BC, likewise came eventually to nothing. THE PRISTINE SOCIETY The experience of the Egyptians at the end of the fourth millennium and for much of the third was of life in an essentially pristine society, one of the very few occasions in the history of humankind when that term could be used with confidence. It must be insisted that pristine does not imply primitive: quite the opposite, in Egypt’s case.

The king, it was said, ruled in truth; to sustain the truth and order of the universe was the most solemn charge to which even a king of Egypt might aspire. To know what is true, to be able to define and order the world so that it conforms with its own essential nature, requires an absolute assurance on the part of whoever may set out upon such a task. The certainty that they were not as other men, that their land was different from all other lands and that they alone had certain and unimpeded access to the highest order of divinity, was deeply engrained in the Egyptian consciousness from the very earliest days.

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