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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (9 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195216601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195216608
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 2 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little over 3,400 years ago, in a royal palace by the Nile, a young woman gave birth to her first son-the future Amenhotep III. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Harber on 23 Sept. 2012
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This is very interesting book about Amenhotep the third and his court. It is very detailed and really brings this pharaoh's world to life. It is well written and there are many marvellous illustrations to go with the text.
I have learnt more about the Ancient Egyptian's life from this book than any other.
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I am using this book for research and it is informative not only about Amenhotep III but his family, rituals of the time, his wives etc. This is not a "reading" book unless you are an avid lover of Ancient Egypt. The pictures are also very evocative of the time. I feel lucky to get this at the price.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gilly8 on 7 Nov. 2009
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Non-fiction biography with great color photographs on every single page; the book is worth it just for those. This is one of those books in which the artwork--photographs of walls, statues, fabric, paintings, are by far the best thing about the book. However I must add that the author does a very good job of making the life of this little-known Pharaoh Amenhotep III quite interesting. It is, I must add, NOT a children's book---I don't mean its inappropriate, but that it is written for adults, and of course any well read young people interested in ancient Egypt.

This is a well written biography of the father of Akenahaten, non-fiction, and written by an Egyptologist.

It is interesting to learn that Amenhotep III was dabbling in an interest in the "Aten" god cult prior to his son, Akhenaten's, obsession with it later on when he became sole ruler.

I recently went to a museum show of objects sent from the British museum, interestingly the majority were objects photographed in the pages of this book! Unbelievable to see them in real life!! A great experience.
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By steve stevenson on 12 Nov. 2014
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Ancient Intimacy 11 Oct. 2000
By R. Hardy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is rather surprising that a book-length biography of a king who lived three thousand years ago could be accomplished. Naturally, there are few amusing anecdotes or personal recollections to draw on, and it is not possible to come up with even a biographer's speculations about how the character of the subject was formed. What Dr. Fletcher (the jacket says she is a "freelance Egyptologist") can do is look at the monuments, paintings, and written records to show aspects of what Amenhotep III did from year to year, and from his possessions make inferences as to what was important to him. It is as full a biography of this ancient as we could expect.
For instance, it is possible to get some idea of what the prince's upbringing was like. Children of the royal nursery were taught to read and write hieratic, the "cursive" variety of hieroglyphics by the scribe Menkheper. He also would have learned cuneiform script, the language of diplomatic correspondence of the time, and he would use it prolifically during his reign. A primer of the time advises students: "You have to do your exercises daily. Don't be idle... Ask from those who know more than you, and don't be weary - try to understand what your teacher wants, listen to his instructions." Maybe such exhortations worked, but obviously not always: a contemporary proverb says, "A boy's ear is on his back: he hears when he is beaten." It was not all work and no play, however. There is a palette of six blocks of paints which bears the name of Amenhotep III, and his playroom (shared by children of the royal generations) in the palace of Amarna has paint marks on the floor and lower walls.
_Chronicle of a Pharaoh_ is a beautifully illustrated book, with pictures on most of its pages. Some of the descriptions of life in ancient Egypt will seem as if they are taken from the ruling classes of our own times, but most interesting are the descriptions of customs, dress, and religion which are nothing like our own. Amenhotep III lived a full reign of 38 years, mostly with his nation at peace, and prosperous from good weather and big harvests. He had many construction projects, notably the temples at Luxor. He was a capable administrator and had a sense of humor (shown by the cache of diplomatic correspondence displayed here). The details of life in the times, and the lovely pictures, are captivating.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Amenhotep Dazzles 3 Feb. 2001
By Standing In Motion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Chronicle of a Pharaoh is a readable in-depth look at pharaoh Amenhotep III, one of the three greatest kings of ancient Egypt. The layout is superb as it chronicles his life with a year-by-year format. Contains a generous amount of personal minutae, reinforced with pictures and plates on almost every page. Outstanding in all respects, this one is a keeper.
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A full picture of a pharaoh 2 Dec. 2000
By Ben Single - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the first reviewer--it's amazing that Joann Fletcher has pieced together so much about Amenhotep and presents it in a way that conveys an actual life. The little details, like the name of his family cat, make this book tons of fun. An all-around beautiful book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
It's worth looking through 4 Oct. 2001
By Seti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First of all, the design of the book is exquisite; it's a pleasure to leaf through this book, full of colorful high-quality illustrations. After reading it, however, I found the content a bit disappointing, most of it was re-hashing of the fairly well-known facts, although with a few interesting tidbits sprinkled throughout. This book would be great for someone with a passing interest in Ancient Egypt, it gives a good general overview of what life might have been like during the New Kingdom.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Amenhotep III, The Sun King 22 Sept. 2004
By C. McRae - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A very nice hard-cover book with wonderful full color plates and a wealth of information concerning his intimate life, not overly concentrating on his building projects but more on his personal life.
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