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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


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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."
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Eric H. Cline is professor of classics and anthropology and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. An active archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. His many books include "From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible" and "The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction".

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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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472117602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472117604
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 2.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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The reign of Ramesses III has long intrigued scholars and laypersons alike, both because this pharaoh's reign took place during a watershed period in history, and because of the remarkable preservation of his majestic "Mansion of a Million Years" at Medinet Habu. With "Ramesses III: The Life and Times of Egypt's Last Hero," volume editors Eric H. Cline and David O'Connor have provided a resource that takes on this 20th Dynasty pharaoh, and his reign, from multiple angles, including art, literature, foreign policy, monuments, legacy, and (naturally) Medinet Habu itself. The result is a valuable collection of essays that can provide both students and scholars with the latest in Ramesside scholarship, and one to which a brief review can hardly do justice.

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.
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Not much to add! I tried to find also environmental information, and found some. At the same time I also got a good overview of the history of that time
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