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Ramesses III: The Life and Times of Egypt's Last Hero Hardcover – February 15, 2012
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"...the first comprehensive study to appear in English...(includes) a stellar group of scholars. This excellent work belongs in all university libraries. Essential."
—S.M. Burstein, California State University, Los Angeles, Choice
(S.M. Burstein Choice 2012-09-24)
About the Author
David O'Connor is Professor of Ancient Egyptian Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He has written and edited a number of scholarly books for U of MI Press and English university presses, and lives in Merion Station, PA.
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A common theme among the contributions to this volume is the place of Ramesses III - his words, his deeds, and his legacy - within the greater Ramesside period (and the New Kingdom as a whole). Though constantly and actively seeking to replicate the success and persona of his namesake, Ramesses II ("the Great"), Ramesses III was a pivotal pharaoh who presided over what has been seen as the tipping point of the Egyptian New Kingdom. The collapses of the Late Bronze Age kingdoms and empires around the eastern Mediterranean were stopped (perhaps literally) at Egypt's doorstep, but the Egypt that Ramesses III inherited was deeply flawed, and it never recovered from the events of his reign, or those of his successors.
"Ramesses III: The Life and Times of Egypt's Last Hero" serves as an excellent primer on the reign of Ramesses III and the context surrounding it, and the chapters included within it provide a snapshot of current trends in the research and understanding of this pharaoh and the end of the New Kingdom in Egypt.Read more ›