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ISBN-13: 978-0500051740 ISBN-10: 0500051747 Edition: 1st

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In this delightful and lavishly illustrated guide, Egyptologist Shaw (Royal Authority in Egypt's Eighteenth Dynasty) introduces the fascinating lives and times of the pharaohs in elaborate detail, recreating in stories what it was like to be one. Pharaohs, who were treated as gods, were not all alike, nor did they all face the same circumstances during their reigns. As Shaw points out, the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom built the pyramids and then watched their power wane, despite a long period of artistic experimentation and territorial expansion. But with the death of Amenenhat IV, the 12th dynasty fragmented, as did Egypt, and the Hyksos came to rule the all-important Nile Delta. The outsiders were expelled eventually, and a new prosperity characterized the New Kingdom, where now-famous pharaohs such as Thutmose III and Rameses II walked tall in the halls of power. Drawing on archeological and literary evidence, Shaw reconstructs the lives of pharaohs, detailing everything from their inheritance of the throne to their elevation to divinity, from their lives of luxury in the palaces to their favorite pastimes: hunting, horsemanship, opulent festivals, and musical performances. The author helpfully provides brief biographies of most of the pharaohs, such as Hatshepsut, a strong female pharaoh who established important trading relations with one of Egypt's neighbors, and Amenhotep IV, who briefly established monotheistic worship. Shaw's captivating study is the perfect introduction to these fabled rulers. (Nov.)

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Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in the civilization of ancient Egypt.

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“This clearly written, lavishly illustrated volume presents an account of Egyptian pharaohs in their multifaceted roles in a manner that breathes life into the more conventional, monotone depictions. . . . Highly recommended to the general reader.” (The Historian)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (November 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500051747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500051740
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #983,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garry J Shaw was born in 1981 and grew up in St. Helens, UK. He studied archaeology and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, and afterwards moved to Egypt to teach for the American University in Cairo. He has lectured in the UK, Egypt, and Canada, appeared in documentaries, and currently teaches classes on Egyptian history, kingship, and mythology for the Egypt Exploration Society, London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glen V. Mcintyre on March 3, 2013
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This wonderful book takes a comprehensive look at what it was like to be Pharaoh in Ancient Agypt. It is full of beautiful illustrations and covers the experience of being a Pharaoh in all parts of ancient Egyptian History in great detail. It also tells us who the ancient priests of Egypt thought of as the last Pharaoh, and it isn't who you might think.
This book is a definite must for the Egypt lover.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Winkelman on December 17, 2012
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This book is attractive, as all Thames & Hudson books are, but the content was not up to my expectations. Easy reading and easy to pick up and put down at will. It's a book for the general reader, not one who's been studying ancient Egypt for many years and has multiple sources from which to obtain the same information in more depth.
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By DAJ on October 16, 2014
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For people who've read a lot about ancient Egypt, not much of this will be new, but it's convenient to have it all in one place: how kings took power, how they lived, what their palaces and families were like, the nature of the court, the king's role in warfare, and the ceremonies surrounding kingship. Plus, it briefly covers the rather neglected subject of how Ptolemaic kings and, especially, Roman emperors related to their role as pharaoh.
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By Louis Belle Isle on August 13, 2013
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A concise presentation of who were the ancient Egyptian pharaohs and exceptionally well researched. From the first would be kings to the last known true Egyptian pharaoh, the author, an experienced egyptologist, focusses on both the formal and personal aspects of the pharaoh's life and does so without any bias. This book is a must for any student of ancient Egypt, as well as for the so-called amateur egyptologists.
Enjoy, Louis Phillip
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A good introduction to the Pharoah's role in the government and religious life of ancient Egypt. I would have liked a little more depth myself but on the whole it is very much worth reading.
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