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Chronicle of the Pharaohs : The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt

By (author) Peter A. Clayton

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This essential handbook on ancient Egypt both a highly readable popular history and a unique work of reference is now available in paperback.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 192 x 252 x 16mm | 780.17g
  • 13 Nov 2006
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 350 illustrations, 130 in colour
  • 0500286280
  • 9780500286289
  • 249,165

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Peter A. Clayton is an Egyptologist, archaeologist and numismatist who has excavated at sites in England and Egypt. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, heads a number of archaeological societies, and is an Honorary Member of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He edits Minerva: The International Review of Ancient Art and Archaeology, and is the author of many articles and several books on Egypt, including the widely praised Rediscovery of Ancient Egypt.

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Who was the first king of ancient Egypt - and who was the last? Which Egyptian queens ruled in their own right? What do we really know about the 170 or more pharaohs whose names have come down to us? Chronicle of the Pharaohs is the first book to set down in narrative form, using timelines and other visual aids throughout, all the rulers and dynasties of Egypt in their chronological order. Now no one need be in any doubt as to who came first, Tutankhamun or Ramesses the Great, or which pharaohs built the pyramids, and when: the Chronicle provides the answers. The biographical portraits of each pharaoh build into a comprehensive and immensely readable history of ancient Egypt, brought to life through the exploits and personalities of her rulers. From Narmer, who first united the lands along the Nile, to Cleopatra some 3000 years later, we see the way in which individual pharaohs helped to shape Egyptian civilization, and were themselves shaped by it. The narrative is supplemented by specially drawn cartouches of each pharaoh and translations of their names. Chronicle of the Pharaohs is at once a book to be enjoyed as popular history, an essential work of reference, and a visual introduction to the extraordinary diversity and richness of an ancient civilization. Museum-goers, students, tourists and everyone fascinated by the world of ancient Egypt will want to make the Chronicle their inseparable companion.

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