This Chronicle of the Pharaohs is a good introductory book for those who would like to have a map of the different Aegyptian dinasties and their pharaohs. It makes a good use of the classical pharaohnic lists (with the last confirmed updates) and gives a good over view of their military and architectonic achievements. It is complemented with beautiful images of key artifacts, esculptures and portraits, maps and building layouts. It also makes a good effort to give only hard facts and refrains from especulations and gossips. I particularly liked the translations of pharaohnic names and the additional 'tip' boxes related to key religious, artistic and social aspects. The book sets up a good list of pharaohs and dinasties, but it lacks references to some of the most recent theories about the actual order of the pharaohs and some potential 'missing' ones. Although these new theories are not universally accepted, it would have been interesting if they had mention them and/or defended their position in sticking to their current list. I also miss a bit more depth on socio-economical issues and the position of Aegypt among other cultures and kingdoms. However, this might have made the book too lengthy and perhaps too complex for an introduction. My advice would be to use this very good book as as introduction and as a reference for dates, places and names. It is excellent for that. You can complement it later with more in-depth books of those periods or subjects that interest you.
This is a fantastic introductory book to ancient Egypt starting with the first Pharaoh, 'Scorpion' (3150 BC) and right through to Roman Egypt. Beautifully illustrated throughout with statues, mummies, artefacts and ruins. Little side articles add fascinating facts- 'the wooden models of Chancellor Meketre' describe the miniatures of everyday life found in this official's tomb around 2000 BC while a feature on the sacred city of Akhenaten gives a vivid impression of life there. Recommended.
I'd actually give this book 3.5 stars. Don't be dissuaded by the awful cover, this book is perfectly usable by adults, and in actual fact is aimed mostly at high school students and adults.
Good points: * Easy to navigate, very well laid out with clear heading making skimming the pages to find what you want extremely easy.
* Cartouches for every Pharaoh for whom they are known are included clearly at the beginning of each entry.
* Informative entries, factual and reliable information and solid introduction and background information each reign.
* Factboxes are a good idea, quick way to gather essential information
The bad: * There is no references or bibliography for each reign. A (very) selected bibliography is included at the end, but since it is not referenced in the text is not much use. With proper citations and bibliographies this book could become one of the "must have" titles on the students bookshelf.
* The full royal titularly isn't given for each ruler.
* The factbox idea isn't carried though to it's logical conclusion. Data such as reign length according to various sources, approximate dates and full titularly would be a logical and useful development of a good idea.
So 3.5 stars, this close (index finger and thumb being displayed) to being 4 stars, but the biblio is an annoying oversight. Otherwise, solid book. Don't be fooled by the cover.
The book gave a very detailed discription of all Ancient Egypt. It also gave very good family trees of all the dynasties and the date. Good book for adults. It will help broaden anyone's knowledge of Ancient Egypt.
A cannot do without guide to the ancient history of the pharaohs. Gives you all essential information to start the discovery of this fascinating past. Although the many illustrations and pictures distract your reading, I will keep this guide as an essential reference book for the future.
This is very well laid out book. Not as complete with regards some questions over the lineage at times but nonetheless a very valuable resource for students of all ages and for interested readers. The format is easy to follow and its very well written. Nice book and great value.