Archaeology and Ancient Egypt
English edition  
February  2016
222 pp.
127 b/w photographs 
15X23 cm
ISBN 9789774167522
For sale worldwide


Poisoned Legacy

The Fall of the Nineteenth Egyptian Dynasty: Revised Edition Aidan Dodson

The first book to examine the turbulent period from the death of Rameses II to the accession of Rameses III

After the death of Rameses II, the Nineteenth Dynasty 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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Aidan Dodson is a senior research fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, where he teaches Egyptology. He is the author of Monarchs of the Nile (AUC Press, rev. ed. 2015), Amarna Sunrise (AUC Press, 2014), Afterglow of Empire (AUC Press, 2012), and Amarna Sunset (AUC Press, 2009).

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