The Pharaoh: Life at Court and on Campaign

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Thames & Hudson, Limited, 2012 - History - 224 pages
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The pharaoh is the iconic ruler from the ancient world, immortalized in stone and gold and celebrated today in countless films and books. But how did these monarchs--mortals who lived and died like anyone else--spend their days? How did they become pharaoh? How did they govern and how were they entertained? In this vividly written and authoritative account, Garry Shaw conveys the full experience of what it was like to be pharaoh, from birth to death, in private and in public, at court and on campaign, and shows how a uniquely Egyptian vision of kingship, with its complex ideology and regalia, evolved. We follow daily events, from waking up in the palace to evenings spent banqueting; in between, the king acted as lawmaker, judge, and priest. The most important ceremonies are compellingly described, including accession, coronation, and the royal funeral, as well as the pomp and protocol of an audience before the monarch. Supplemented by numerous box features, from the internal decoration of pyramids and the women who became pharaoh to pharaonic pets, as well as quotations from contemporary sources and a king list with brief biographies of all the major pharaohs, this beautifully illustrated volume provides a comprehensive insight into the Egyptian pharaoh and his world.

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The Pharaoh: Life at Court and on Campaign

User Review  - Edward K. Werner - Book Verdict

Shaw (Egypt Exploration Society) has devoted most of his research to the daily lives of the pharaohs, and it is his intention to put a human face on the god-kings of ancient Egypt. The text here is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

In between reading books about daily life in Ancient Egypt and tomes about more "exciting" parts of Ancient Egyptian history, I've often wondered whether these two topics would ever converge to answer ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Garry J. Shaw completed his doctorate in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, and has taught at the at the American University in Cairo.

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