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The Names of the Kings of Egypt: The Serekhs and Cartouches of Egypt's Pharaohs, along with Selected Queens Spiral-bound – May 7, 2012


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About the Author

Kevin Johnson, PhD, is a graduate of the University of Memphis, with advanced degrees in Ancient History and emphasis on Egyptology. He is the author of a number of articles on ancient Egypt and has taught Intermediate courses in Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Bill Petty, PhD, is a graduate of West Point and the University of Illinois. He is an avocational Egyptologist who has published numerous articles on ancient Egypt. He has also developed and taught beginning courses in Understanding Hieroglyphic Inscriptions. Dr. Petty conducts tours to Egypt through his company, Museum Tours.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Museum Tours, Inc.; 1st edition (May 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467530611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467530613
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 4.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,775,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jan on March 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is not, despite its claim, a "'must have' for the professional Egyptologist," though no doubt amateurs and travelers will find it somewhat useful on their next trip to Egypt. The reality is that the book is out of date, cribbing von Beckerath's Handbuch der ägyptischen Königsnamen, which was most recently published in 1999. Since then there have been a number of new kings noted and others that were thought to exist are now known to be scholarly phantoms.

More worrisome are some of the innovations. For example, the authors have invented three new dynasties, Dynasties 32-34, representing the Macedonians, the Ptolemies, and the Romans. No Egyptologist refers to the Roman emperors as "Dynasty 34"!

I also have to wonder about the utility of this book. The names of each king are given in English and Egyptian hieroglyphs; there is no transliteration. There is an index of individual hieroglyphs arranged according to the Gardiner Sign List, which also has some short words. Apparently the idea is for tourists unfamiliar with Egyptian to match hieroglyphs in the index and then locate the kings in question in the book in order to identify them. The problem is that unless the sign is comparatively rare (say, a sandal), there will be a LOT of kings to go through. I cannot imagine anyone actually using this method. Those who can actually read Egyptian, even at a basic level, will find themselves rapidly frustrated.

Finally, while the authors do give a few Greek and Roman rulers' names, most of these are representative only. However, most of the major standing architecture in Egypt outside of Karnak actually dates to the Greco-Roman Period (or as the authors call it, Dynasties 32-34).

All in all, the book is okay, but nothing special, and hardly a "must have" unless you are a member of the author's tour groups.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. B. Baldwin on October 13, 2012
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If you are into Egypt like I am you might want this. It is a small book that contains most of the names of the kings of Egypt. The areas where you have missing names are the same places that a vast majority of books miss them in the 1st and 2nd Intermediate Periods. I gives recognizable serekhs and cartouches and along with it the evolution of the titles of the kingsw as time went by from the 1st Dyansty to the final Ptolomy and even the Roman Emperors. You can put the book in your pocket and have it with you to recognize the names, even the alternate names. The spiral bound book can ba laid flat on a surface for easy reading.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathlene on December 18, 2012
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This is a compact guide for your next trip to Egypt. If you are visiting the ancient tombs & temples, this is a handy & portable guide to the cartouches you will be seeing. There is enough info included to translate the hieroglyps in the cartouches for more indepth study.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Abu Heka on May 12, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
From MUSEUM TOURS

A MONUMENTAL WORK - THAT FITS IN YOUR POCKET

My personal library includes more than 200 books on ancient Egypt: its history, religion, language and archaeology. Several books are related to the hieroglyphs and their transliteration. But NONE offers to identify the cartouche names of the pharaohs and selected queens with a cross reference based on the Gardiner Sign List. Now comes this little book THE NAMES OF THE KINGS OF EGYPT by Kevin L. Johnson, PhD and Bill Petty, PhD - that does just that.

OK - you discover a king's cartouche on a statue in a museum, in a book, or on a monument in Egypt itself. Who is it? You look in the book's Sign Index for one of the glyphs in the cartouche. You find all of the cartouches of the kings where that glyph appears. With the remaining glyphs in the cartouche you found, you have identified the name of the pharaoh, his dynasty, and other cartouches he may have used. This book has been a long time coming - but now it is here and is a MUST for anyone traveling to Egypt or an interested Egyptophile.

Ron Fellows, CM
Tour Operator
Ancient Empires Tours
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