The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt

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Thames and Hudson, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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An essential resource for the study of ancient Egypt's pharaonic dynasties, covering the lives of some 1,500 rulers and royal individuals. This groundbreaking new book illuminates the lives of the kings, queens, princes, and princesses of ancient Egypt, unraveling family relationships and exploring the parts they played in politics, cultural life, and religion. It ranges from the dawn of Egyptian history, when only isolated glimpses are available of the royal family, through the vast progeny of Rameses II, and ends with the fiendishly complicatedand blood-soakedinterconnections of the Ptolemies and Cleopatras. The authors begin with a basic summary of the structure of the pharaonic state, including the nature of ancient Egyptian kingship itself and how its functions meshed with those of the bureaucracy. They introduce key members of the royal family and assess what is known about the implications of the major titles that define them. The book then moves from the general to the particular, with a chronological survey of the royal family from c. 3100 BC and the First Dynasty up to Egypt's absorption into the Roman Empire. For each dynasty, or significant part of a dynasty, the authors provide an historical overview of the period, a summary listing of the kings involved, and a discussion of their families' relationships, including, most importantly, how we know what we think we know about them. Finally, the individuals who made up these families are placed in context via twenty-seven genealogical trees, and described in a comprehensive list of short biographies. Handsomely illustrated with more than 300 photographs and line drawings, this book will serve equally well as a biographical history of ancient Egypt and a superb volume for home reference. 330 illustrations, 80 in color.

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223 reduced to 213; Chicago Oriental Institute's Richard Parker reduced it to 206 years (1991-1785 BC; Calendars of Ancient Egypt, last page 69). Sesostris III's 7th year is fixed to 1872bc July 17 = Parmuti 16 as the 1st rise of Sothis at Memphis with the new moons of Year 3 Epipi 16 (1876bc Oct 16); year 32 Hatyr 6 (1847bc Feb 1); year 29 Pakon 8 (1814bc July 25) derived from Pakon 16 as lunar day 9; year 30 Payni 26 (1813bc Sep 10)and every 59 days for 10 months. (p.66) Then year 9 Payni 29 as full moon day 13 (1790bc Sep 8) following within 54 days of Pakon 6 (July 17) as Amenemhet IV's final year ending the dynasty 4 years later as 206 years from 1991bc. The chronology here in THIS BOOK is in error showing year 9 as 1806bc Sep 8. Though 1790bc Payni 29 is the feast of lunar day 13 on Sep 8 and has a Sep 11 full moon as day 16, 1806bc Payni 29 is 4 leap days further on Sep 12 after full moon Sep 8. The scholar made a better match of full moon with Sep 8 ignoring that the new date becomes Payni 25 for a record that says Payni 29 

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Not perhaps brilliantly written, but style is sacrificed for information. A fascinating book which I would recommend for anyone interested in the history of Egypt, and one of the most informative books that a child could read. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Aidan Dodson is a Teaching Fellow in Archaeology at the University of Bristol.

Dyan Hilton works at the Roman Baths Museum in Bath, England.

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