A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the by John Romer

By John Romer

The traditional global involves existence within the first quantity in a booklet sequence at the heritage of Egypt, spanning the 1st farmers to the development of the pyramids. Famed archaeologist John Romer attracts on a life of study to inform one history's maximum tales; how, over greater than 1000 years, a society of farmers created a wealthy, shiny global the place some of the most unbelievable of all human-made landmarks, the nice Pyramid, was once outfitted. Immersing the reader within the Egypt of the prior, Romer examines and demanding situations the long-held theories approximately what archaeological reveals suggest and what tales they inform approximately how the Egyptians lived. greater than simply an account of 1 of the main attention-grabbing classes of historical past, this engrossing booklet asks readers to take a step again and query what they've discovered approximately Egypt long ago. fanatics of Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra and historical past buffs could be captivated by way of this re-telling of Egyptian historical past, written via one of many most sensible Egyptologists on the earth.

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If Cleopatra VII had returned to the court, she would have seen all this happening around her. Meanwhile the Romans were debating what to do about Ptolemy, comfortably residing with Pompeius. For kings to flee to Rome at times of difficulty was nothing new: Ptolemy’s grandfather Ptolemy VIII had made several trips to the city, as had the famous Numidian king Jugurtha. Herod the Great was to do the same 20 years later. The indebtedness of Ptolemy XII to Roman bankers meant that his political survival was more than an idle question in Rome, since the best way to ensure that the debts would be paid would be to implement his restoration and thus give him renewed access to the Egyptian treasury.

18 The first years of his reign, which includes the period of the birth of Cleopatra VII, were quiet. But the king had inherited a dangerous situation. The population of Alexandria—with various factions supporting other potential rulers, dead or alive, Egyptian interests, and Roman involvement (or distaste for it)—had shown its willingness to intervene violently in the matter of the rule. The ever-looming presence of Rome, which had financial as well as political aspects, was ominous. There was increasing disenchantment with the Ptolemies as a whole.

But the king seriously weakened his standing in the city when his assassins disposed of an embassy sent from Alexandria to speak against him. The leader of the embassy, the philosopher Dion, survived and was summoned to the Senate, but Ptolemy, through the agency of Pompeius, was able to keep him from speaking and eventually had him killed. 38 Portents were also being used by both sides. A thunderbolt struck the statue of Jupiter in the Alban hills, followed by a conveniently produced Sibylline oracle—promulgated by Cato—that enjoined the Romans to offer friendship but no military assistance.

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