Ancient Egypt never ceases to capture our imagination, but what of the men and women who experienced it at first-hand, who created and sustained the culture of the pharaohs? What was it really like to live in the Nile Valley centuries ago? In tracing the lives of the individuals whose names endure in tombs, temples and texts, Toby Wilkinson reveals the true character and diversity of the greatest civilization of the ancient world.
Egypt was home to a glittering array of famous pharaohs, queens and court officials, from zealous pyramid-builder Khufu and revolutionaries Akhenaten and Nefertiti to architect-turned-god Imhotep. Yet equally illuminating are the lives of commoners, so rarely given their own voice in history: ordinary men and women, including doctors and dentists, sculptors and sailors, farmers, musicians and a priestess, whose stories offer us unprecedented eye-witness accounts of ancient Egypt and its spectacular achievements. We find personal accounts of ambition and skulduggery, of triumph and tragedy, of despair and love, offering us a glimpse into what life was really like for the men and women who lived in the time of the pharaohs.