- Series: Chronicles
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 2nd Edition edition (December 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500050740
- ISBN-13: 978-0500050743
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.9 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt (Chronicles) 2nd Edition Edition
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Peter A. Clayton is a well-known authority on Egyptian civilization and the author of The Rediscovery of Ancient Egypt.
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The problem has always been that Egypt is the Greek name for what the Egyptians called "The Two Lands." This referred to the enormous delta wetlands of the Nile and the dry Saharan higher land running from the apex down to East Africa made habitable only by the course of the Nile. Clayton even has genetic charts showing the relation of Khufu to Khafre, the two builders of the greatest pyramid tombs. He has not delved into the mortuary religion of the highland Egyptians enough, or the class warfare, concentrating on who succeeded whom in the royal continuum. The main purpose of this book. And a significant one. All this despite conquests during the First Intermediate (no doubt by Semites), by the Hyksos, Ethiopians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, and their own imperial control of the Levant under their greatest warrior kings. It was changing all the time, in so many national and regional and cultural aspects.
The larger questions of our having poor source material left to us by the ancient Egyptians and their neighbors leaves us open to debate. The ancient Egyptians surely led the world as the earliest creators of the finest art, sculpture, engineering, mathematics, pharmaceuticals, etc. But they lagged behind the Northwestern Semites in writing and literature, and living in the real world. Their tomb paintings portray life after death of their divine kings and favorites, in the prime of their youth, never more to age. A nice wish dream. So many. Too many. We are left still guessing about 1) their actual economy and borders throughout much of the period preceding the New Kingdom, 2) where all the wealth came from that was buried in the royal tombs, and 3) who the pre-Israelites were who lived in numbers in the East Delta as both a separate and semi-assimilated population at the nerve center of their lifeline trade with the Levantine Semites .
This book nails down the most-probable successions, and is important in that respect. But what did all that art mean that the ancient Egyptians never saw? Because it was buried in the royal tombs, later to be broken into and robbed. The essence of ancient Egypt has to be inferred from scholar to scholar, with many different interpretations. But that means a lot of reading in other companion books to this limited timeline one. And more discussions on ancient Egypt than the 21st century alone will hold. Clayton brings us closer to the center, but we are still not all the way there yet in understanding this multiple-universe subject.