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War and Trade With the Pharaohs (Hardback)

An Archaeological Study of Ancient Egypt's Foreign Relations

Ancient History Archaeology

By Dr Garry J Shaw
Imprint: Pen & Sword Archaeology
Pages: 213
ISBN: 9781783030460
Published: 4th September 2017

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The ancient Egyptians presented themselves as superior to all other people in the world; on temple walls, the pharaoh is shown smiting foreign enemies – people from Nubia, Libya and the Levant – or crushing them beneath his chariot. Officially, foreigners represented disorder and chaos – the opposite of Egypt’s perfect land of justice and order. But despite such imagery, from the beginning of their history, the Egyptians also enjoyed friendly relations with neighbouring cultures; both Egyptians and foreigners crossed the deserts and seas exchanging goods gathered from across the known world. They shared knowledge and technology, and sometimes settled abroad, marrying and acculturating. Through such interactions, the Egyptians influenced other cultures, and at the same time were themselves shaped by foreign contacts and external events.

War & Trade with the Pharaohs explores Egypt’s connections with the wider world over the course of 3,000 years, introducing readers to ancient diplomacy, travel, trade, warfare, domination, and immigration – both Egyptians living abroad and foreigners living in Egypt. It covers military campaigns and trade in periods of strength – including such important events as the Battle of Qadesh under Ramesses II and Hatshepsut’s trading mission to the mysterious land of Punt – and Egypt’s foreign relations during times of political weakness, when foreign dynasties ruled parts of the country. From early interactions with traders on desolate desert tracks, to sunken Mediterranean trading vessels, the Nubian Kingdom of Kerma, Nile fortresses, the Sea Peoples, and Persian satraps, there is always a rich story to tell behind Egypt’s foreign relations.

My knowledge of the pharaohs is limited to what I originally read in the Bible and various BBC documentaries on Ancient Egypt I've watched over the years, together with some of the magnificent Dorling Kindersley history books that have come my way. Garry Shaw's book is something of a revelation, a different way of looking at what we know about the Ancient Egyptians and their amazing culture.

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About Dr Garry J Shaw

DR GARRY J SHAW is the author of four books on ancient Egypt, including The Pharaoh, Life at Court and on Campaign (2012) and The Egyptian Myths: A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends (2014). He has taught Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, the University of Liverpool, the Egypt Exploration Society, and currently teaches online Egyptology as a part-time tutor for Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education. He has appeared on various television and radio programmes, regularly writes for magazines and newspapers, including The Art Newspaper and Timeless Travels, and has worked for archaeological projects in Egypt and Turkey.

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