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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.
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)(4 customer reviews)