The Book of the Pharaohs

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Description of this Book

The names of ancient Egyptian kings such as Cheops, Akhenaten, and Ramesses II have become part of popular culture. Yet, for all the tombs and statuary that have survived over the millennia, surprisingly little remains that speaks to the workings of government, cabals in the palace, political factions, and the private lives of the royal families. In this volume, Pascal Vernus and Jean Yoyotte offer a basic reference to the full human reality of royal Egypt. The Book of the Pharaohs is an encyclopaedia made up of short essays on the pharaohs themselves, as well as on places, dynasties, personages, subjects and themes relating to the kings and their rule. Entries range from Adoratrices (priestesses of Hathor, the Egyptian Aphrodite, whose role was to arouse the erotic impulse in the creator gods) and Amarna (the capital created by the heretic pharaoh Akhenaten) to Scorpion (who ruled before the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt) and Zero Dynasty (the designation for pre-pharaonic Egypt). In addition, Vernus and Yoyotte include a substantial essay on the sources for Egyptian history, a bibliography of books for general readers and a chronological table that organizes the major periods of Egyptian history and notes the most illustrious royal names from each.

By: Pascal Vernus