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Poisoned Legacy:The Fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty [Kindle Edition]

Aidan Dodson
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Book Description

The reign of Rameses II is one of the best-known of Egyptian history, with almost every ancient site preserving traces of his time. However, after his death, his dynasty, the Nineteenth, soon fell into decline and familial conflict, culminating in a final civil war that ended with the accession of a new dynasty. Sethy I and Rameses II’s promotion of a concept of a wider ‘royal family’ may have sown the seeds for the conflicts among their descendants. Aidan Dodson explores the mysteries of the origins of the usurper-king Amenmeses and the career of the ‘king-maker’ of the period, the chancellor Bay. Having helped to install at least one pharaoh on the throne, Bay’s life was ended by his abrupt execution, ordered by the woman with whom he had shared the regency of Egypt for the young and disabled King Siptah. Finally, the author considers how that woman—Tawosret—became the last true female pharaoh, and how she finally lost her throne to the founder of the Twentieth Dynasty, Sethnakhte.

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With copious illustrations, this book supplies intriguing insights into pharonic politics, arrived at through meticulous, knowledgeable research. Book News

About the Author

AIDAN DODSON is a senior research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where he teaches Egyptology. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He is the author of Monarchs of the Nile (AUC Press, 2000) and Amarna Sunset (AUC Press, 2009).

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  • File Size: 5932 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press (December 15, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing years June 10, 2011
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Aiden Dodson has written another thought provoking book on the New Kingdom. The post Ramesses II period has always seemed poorly documented and now we have two books covering this period. The other being Ramesside Studies in honour of K A Kitchen edited by M Collier and S Snape. The trouble with living too long and leaving many offspring seems to be a recurring problem for Egyptian Kings. As always Aiden explains all the views and comes to his conclusion. With 19 pages in the list of works cited you know you are getting an excellently researched book. Excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 27, 2012
By qalmaq
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Dr. Dodson has written three books that take readers from the collapse of the Amarna regime into the highly complex realm of the Libyan, Nubian, Egyptian dynasties. Poisoned Legacy deals with the confused period at the end of the XIXth Dynasty and the beginning of the XXth. The contrast of the Supreme Ego of Rameses II with the muddle of the Seti II-Siptah-Tawosret period seems almost ridiculous. Dr. Dodson is very active in the field and each of these books shares the same virtues. He is intimately familiar with the materials and takes the time, compactly, to discuss what there is to work with and what conclusions he and others have reached. I find his speculations on the period most stimulating and tightly argued. My only quibble is that I find a number of the line drawings rather lightly printed and, due to the relatively small dimensions of the volume, sometimes difficult to use. But my trusty Xerox was used to blow up and darken them so I could get a closer look. I certainly recommend this volume to anyone who is interested.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lavish but brief August 29, 2011
By Harry
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Poisoned Legacy is a very short book. 131 pages, including a number of blank pages and many, many photos and illustrations - so probably only 60 - 70 pages of text. Lots of minutiae, detailing the 'scraps' of evidence found to document the existence and lengths of reign of the various 19th Dynasty rulers. It is extraordinary as to how these fortunate finds and brilliant research have helped construct the history of what was apparently a turbulent 100 years - but sadly the author has not really built a sound and robust understanding of this period, just lots and lots of facts, combined with 'reasoned supposition'. This no doubt reflects the paucity of sources. Overall, this book was disappointing, especially when compared to the author's wonderful book, Amarna Sunset. Not a total disappointment - the book is very lavishly illustrated, with interesting photos on almost every page, supported by maps and several scholarly appendices.
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More About the Author

Aidan Dodson was born in London and brought up in Slough, Berkshire. He studied Egyptology at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, obtaining his BA in 1985, his MPhil in 1986 and his PhD in 1995; he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He has taught in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology at Bristol University, where he is now a Senior Research Fellow, since 1996.

During the Spring semester of 2013 he was William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.

Over the years he has given invited public lectures in the UK, the USA, Canada, Egypt, Denmark, Italy and Spain, and regularly accompanies tours to Egypt and the Sudan. Having joined the London-based Egypt Exploration Society at the age of 15, he was elected its Chairman of Trustees in December 2011. Dr Dodson met his wife while teaching her Egyptology at an adult education class and proposed to her in the burial chamber of an ancient vizier; they live in Bristol.

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