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River God (Ancient Egypt, #1) by Wilbur A. Smith

River God - Wilbur Smith

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Read from January 01, 1993 to July 01, 2013, read count: 2


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Initial read was the paper version, now for a re-visit via audio, read by the author himself.

This story starts out ~1780 BC an era of prosperity and expansion of political strength and economic horizons. Thebes became the capital. Pharaoh Mamosa is entirely fiction.

This is just before the Hyskos invasion.

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Historical Accuracy according to wiki: Historical accuracy

The novel contains a two-page afterword in which Smith claims the novel is based on a set of scrolls discovered in an Egyptian tomb which dates back to approximately 1780 BCE. The scrolls were said to have been discovered by an Egyptologist, Dr. Duraid al-Simma, who passed the translations onto Smith to transcribe into a novel. This is a false claim, as Smith later reveals in the afterword of the sequel, The Seventh Scroll.

The central conflict of the novel is the Hyksos invasion, which took place approximately 100 years after the claimed date of 1780. 1780 was approximately the beginning of the Thirteenth dynasty of Egypt: The Hyksos have been assigned to the Fifteenth dynasty of Egypt.[4] Thus, it is not possible to relate characters and events in the novel to specific characters and events in history.

A critical event in the novel depends on an unusual "blue" sword belonging to Arkoun. The author states that the sword is "steel" at the bottom of p. 520, but steel is usually noted as being invented in 1856 CE. Even if this sword was made of iron, we have no evidence of iron swords prior to 1200 BCE, more than 400 years after the claimed date of 1780.

The novel is correct in crediting the Hyksos with introducing horses to Egypt.[8] Another technology the novel credits the invaders with is the more advanced "Recurved Bow." This is also most likely correct.

trepanning the Egyptian way

Taking account of the historical masturbation, it is possible to encounter this period piece as the exciting adventure it is.

Summer 2013 Egyptian Encounters:

Cleopatra (1963)
3* The Mummy Curse
2* Alexandria: The Last Nights of Cleopatra
4* The Complete Valley of the Kings
1* Ancient Egypt by George Rawlinson
4* Tutankhamen: Life and death of a Pharoah
2* The Luxor Museum
3* Tutankhamen's Treasure
3* The Black Pharaoh
3* Nubian Twilight.../ complimentary reading!
4* River God
4* House of Eternity
The Egyptian (1954)
Agora (2009)

Temple of Serapis in Alexandria was sacked by Christians in 356AD under decree of:
67th Emperor of Roman Empire

Theodosius I (Latin: Flavius Theodosius Augustus;[1] 11 January 347 – 17 January 395), also known as Theodosius the Great, was Roman Emperor from 379 to 395. Theodosius was the last emperor to rule over both the eastern and the western halves of the Roman Empire. During his reign, the Goths secured control of Illyricum after the Gothic War, establishing their homeland south of the Danube within the empire's borders. He also issued decrees that effectively made Nicene Christianity the official state church of the Roman Empire.(wiki sourced)