The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt

The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt

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This groundbreaking new book illuminates the lives of the kings, queens, princes and princesses of ancient Egypt, unravelling family relationships and exploring the parts they played in politics, cultural life and religion. It ranges from the dawn of Egyptian history, when only isolated glimpses are available of the royal family, through the vast progeny of Ramesses II, and ends with the fiendishly complicated - and blood-soaked - interconnections of the Ptolemies and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 198.1 x 261.6 x 33mm | 1,474.19g
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 334 illustrations, (100 colour )
  • 0500051283
  • 9780500051283
  • 846,391

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This remarkable compilation of biographical and historical data is original in its scope, format, and contentshow more

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The lives of the ancient Egyptian royal families reads like the world's oldest and greatest soap opera, with sex scandals and intrigue, murders and feuds. Any attempt to condense the story into a single volume is fraught with difficulty as it covers 3000 years and many hundreds of known members of the various dynasties. Dodson and Hilton have managed to accomplish the near-impossible by producing what is at once a highly-readable account and also an invaluable reference book that unravels the complex web of relationships. They also show what part individual members of the royal families played in the unfolding of ancient history. Many of the figures are little known, even to academics, but in some cases they had a profound effect on what happened to better-known names in Egypt. The book is printed on glossy paper and comes with more than 300 illustrations, 90 of them in colour. A sumptuous product. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction Part I 1. The Egyptian State 2. The Royal Family Part II Introduction; 1. The Archaic Period and Old Kingdom: The Founders, The Great Pyramid Builders, Children of the Sun-God, the House of Teti and Pepy 2. The First Intermediate Period, the Middle Kingdom & Second Intermediate Period: The House of Akhtoy, The Head of the South, Seizers of the Two Lands, Kings and Commoners, Rulers of Foreign Countries, The Southern Kingdom 3. The New Kingdom The Taosids, The Power and the Glory, The Amarna Interlude, The Houses of Ramesses, The Feud of the Ramessides, The Decline of the Ramessides 4. The Third Intermediate Period Of Kings nad Priests; The Rise and Fall of the House of Shoshenq, The Independence of Thebes, The Princes of the West, Lords of the Holy Mountain 5. The Late and Ptolemaic Periods The Final Renaissance, The Persian Pharaohs, The Last Egyptian Pharaohs, Macedon, The House of Ptolemyshow more

About Aidan Dodson

Aidan Dodson is currently a Teaching Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Bristol. Among his previous books are The Mummy in Ancient Egypt and The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt. Dyan Hilton specializes in creating more