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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on the Pharaohs of Egypt
This book has been translated into nearly 20 languages thus far and is in my opinion the best book ever written on the pharaohs. Peter A. Clayton is a member of the Society of Antiquaries in Burlington House, Piccadilly, and regularly gives lectures on tours in Egpyt. The layout of the book is wonderfully intuitive and Chronicle of the Pharaohs is one of the most...
Published on 11 Dec 2008 by Andis Kaulins

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3.0 out of 5 stars A good reference
Overall, the Chronicle of the Pharaohs is a decent reference book. It provides entries on the pharaohs in chronological order, from the earliest potential rulers from before the unification of the Two Lands, to the end of the Ptolemaic Dynasty and the inauguration of Roman Egypt. The cartouches for each ruler are provided, where they exist, and photographs of portraits...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book on the Pharaohs of Egypt, 11 Dec 2008
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Andis Kaulins (Traben-Trarbach, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt: The Reign-by-reign Records of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt (Chronicles) (Paperback)
This book has been translated into nearly 20 languages thus far and is in my opinion the best book ever written on the pharaohs. Peter A. Clayton is a member of the Society of Antiquaries in Burlington House, Piccadilly, and regularly gives lectures on tours in Egpyt. The layout of the book is wonderfully intuitive and Chronicle of the Pharaohs is one of the most consulted books in my own personal library as a general reference tool on Egypt and the Pharaohs. Especially useful is that Clayton provides the most important cartouches next to the name of each Pharaoh, something which, e.g. the very weak British Museum Dictionary of Ancient Egypt does not do.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHROICLES OF THE PHAOOHS, 13 July 2009
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J. D. Allan (SOUTHAMPTON,UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt: The Reign-by-reign Records of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt (Chronicles) (Paperback)
AFTER RETURNING FROM A TRIP TO EGYPT I PURCHASED THE ABOVE BOOK AND I MUST SAY I AM FINDING IT A BRILLIANT AND INFORMATIVE READ.IT GIVES INFO ON ALL THE PHAROHS FROM THE FIRST DYNASTY,EXPLAINING THE HISTORY OF WHAT IS KNOWN,COMPLETE WITH CARTOUCHES FOR EACH,AND A WEALTH OF INFORMATION.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good reference, 3 Jun 2012
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This review is from: Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt: The Reign-by-reign Records of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt (Chronicles) (Paperback)
Overall, the Chronicle of the Pharaohs is a decent reference book. It provides entries on the pharaohs in chronological order, from the earliest potential rulers from before the unification of the Two Lands, to the end of the Ptolemaic Dynasty and the inauguration of Roman Egypt. The cartouches for each ruler are provided, where they exist, and photographs of portraits and artefacts, illustrations of structures, and extra information boxes add to the experience.

However, from the end of the New Kingdom onwards, the format of individual ruler entries breaks down and instead we get a narrative summary of each dynasty instead, in which individual rulers are mentioned but don't get their own entries. In many places the information was rather abbreviated. Another slight disappointment was that the book does not provide the full titulary of each of the pharaohs, just the birth name and the Horus name where they are available, and, when it provides the cartouche with Egyptian hieroglyphs and the English names it does not provide transliterations from the hieroglyphs. In addition, Clayton also frequently uses the inaccurate Hellenistic appellations for certain pharaohs, even when the Egyptian version is known and mentioned once in the text and then never used again - like Nectanebo instead of Nakhtnebef.

Perhaps the most annoying issue with the Chronicle of the Pharaohs is the fact that it presents out of date information and theories. It was published in 1994, but the paperback edition I read came out in 2006 - why was there no updating of the text at this time, or at the very least a preface to the paperback edition which touched upon new discoveries? The most glaring error that I noted was Clayton's persistent perpetuation of what was known as the Heiress Theory - this theory, prevalent in the 1970s, assumed that the Egyptian throne was passed down the female line, through matrilineal descent, thus assuming that Egyptian pharaohs claimed their right to the throne through their wives, who had to be daughters of the previous pharaoh - however it was discredited and disproved in the 1980s and since then has no longer been accepted by Egyptologists. Though the book was originally published in 1994, this was long after the Heiress Theory had been disproved, and Clayton's use of it in the Chronicle is frankly astonishing. The Chronicle is unreferenced for the most part, and only contains a very brief bibliography at the very end of the work - I would have found it preferable, and more supportable, if it had been footnoted and a bibliography had been provided after each ruler entry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you wanted to know about Pharaohs, 6 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt: The Reign-by-reign Records of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt (Chronicles) (Paperback)
The Chronicle of the Pharaohs is a lovely book with plenty of illustrations and diagrams. It is published by Thames and Hudson who I associate with well produced Art books and this is no exception.
There is so much to learn about Egyptology. Once you understand one small thing and look deeper there is more to learn and so it goes on. I have a number of general guides to Egypt including the excellent Atlas of Ancient Egypt by John Baines and Jaromir Malek Atlas of Ancient Egypt but they do not go into much detail about the individual Pharaohs. The Chronicle of the Pharaohs does just that. One of the most useful inclusions is the illustrations of the Cartouches of the Birth Names and Throne names. These occur many times on the temples and once you learn a few of them it makes understanding the history more enjoyable.
I would have liked to see a full breakdown of the Hieroglyphs of the names rather than what I consider a simple translation. For example: the Birth Name of Ramesses II is given as Ra-messes (Mery-amun) - "Re has Fashioned Him, Beloved of Amun". It is not clear what each Hieroglyph means. Giving the transliteration (something like r~-mss hk}-iwnw ) would be a great help.
So I need to investigate more and have bought another book to help me with this. Middle Egyptian by James P Allen. Middle Egyptian: An Introduction to the Language and Culture of Hieroglyphs

In summary The Chronicle of the Pharaohs is an excellent book to help learn about the rulers of Ancient Egypt.
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