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The Pharaohs [Hardcover]

Joyce Tyldesley
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Concerning Egypt itself, I shall extend my remarks to a great length, because there is no country that possesses so many wonders.' So wrote the Greek historian Herodotus after visiting Egypt during the 5th century BC. The history of ancient Egypt and its pharaohs has exercised a profound fascination over generations of archaeologists, scholars, writers, artists and visitors ever since. The pharaohs rules Egypt for more than 3000 years. Some were fearless warriors who extended Egypt's borders through force of arms, others were prodigious builders whose mighty pyramids still stand as symbols of wealth and power; one pharaoh was rumoured to have prostituted his daughter, another was condemned as a heretic and his reign erased from official history; at least two pharaohs were murdered. All considered themselves semi-divine beings; and all expected to live beyond death as fully divine gods. Joyce Tyldesley traces the history of Pharaonic Egypt from the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt in the Early Dynastic Period, through the pyramid-building era of the Old Kingdom and the imperial expansion of the New Kingdom, to the period of decline and invasion that culminated in Egypt's annexation by the Roman Emperor in 30 BC. She offers compelling profiles of such rulers as the pyramid-builder Khufu, the Theban pharaoh Montuhotep II, the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, the warrior-pharaohs Tuthmosis III and Ramesses II, the 'heretic' Akhenaten and the celebrated boy-king Tutankhamen. Sumptuously illustrated, accessibly but authoritatively written, and rich in features exploring aspects of the culture, society and archaeological heritage of ancient Egypt, from burial practice to temple-building, The Pharaohs is an essential guide to the kings and civilisation of Egypt from a scholar who is steeped in knowledge of the period.

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The Valley and the Delta, c.5300-3050 BC. Menes and Narmer, c.3050-3000 BC. Egypt's First Royal Cemetery, c.3000-2686 BC. The Step Pyramids, c. 2686-2613 BC. Snefru and His Family, c.2613-2494 BC. From Userkaf to Unas, c.2494-2345 BC. The End of the OId Kingdom, c.2345-2181 BC. The First Intermediate Period, c.2181-2055 BC. The Warriors of Thebes, c.2125-1985 BC. Amenemhat and His Descendants, c.1985-1773 BC. The End of the Middle Kingdom, c.1773-1650 BC. The Second Intermediate Period, c.1650-1550 BC. The Expulsion of the Hyksos, c.1550-1504 BC. Valley of the Kings. The Tuthmoside Kings, c.1504-1427 BC. Amenhotep II and Tuthmosis IV, c.1427-1390 BC. Amenhotep III, c.1390-1352. Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten and the Amarna Period, c.1352-1336 BC. The Experiment Fails, c.1338-1295 BC. General Ramesses and His Son, c.1295-1279 BC. Ramesses II, c.1279-1213 BC. From Merenptah to Tawosret, c.1213-1186 BC. Eight Kings Named Ramesses, c.1186-1069 BC. Tanis and Thebes, c.1069-945 BC. The Libyan Pharaohs, c.945-715 BC. The Nubian Pharaohs, c.747-656 BC. The Saite Pharaohs, c.664-525 BC. Two Persian Invasions, c.525-332 BC. The Macedonian Pharaohs, 332-305 BC. Ptolemy I to Ptolemy III, 304-221 BC. The Beginning of the End, 221-51 BC. The Fall of the House of Ptolemy, 51-30 BC.

About the Author

Dr Joyce Tyldesley has a degree in the archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean from Liverpool University and a doctorate from Oxford University. She is currently Lecturer in Egyptology in the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology at the University of Manchester, a Fellow of the Manchester Museum, and an Honorary Research Fellow at Liverpool University. Her main area of interest is the Egyptian New Kingdom. She has worked on many excavations in Britain, Europe and Egypt, and is the author of many published works on Ancient Egypt.

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