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The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt

Aidan Dodson, Dyan Hilton

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The essential reference tool for understanding the lives of the kings, queens, princes and princesses of ancient Egypt, cutting through their complex family relationships and examining their roles and achievements


This groundbreaking book illuminates the lives of some 1,300 kings, queens, princes and princesses of ancient Egypt, unravelling family relationships and exploring the parts they played in politics, cultural life and religion. Profusely illustrated, it serves both as a biographical history of ancient Egypt’s royal families and as a superb volume for home reference.

From the dawn of Egyptian history, the book ranges through the vast progeny of Ramesses II, and ends with the fiendishly complicated – and blood-soaked – inter-connections of the Ptolemies and Cleopatras. The authors introduce key members of the royal family in turn and assess what is known about the implications of the major titles that define them. the book also includes over 300 illustrations and 27 specially conceived genealogical tables show the interconnections between members of various dynasties.

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'Much more than just a reference book, for it can be read and enjoyed in its own right'
Ancient Egypt

'A remarkable achievement ... will find a ready home in every Egyptophile’s library'

'Judicious, clear and concise ... a standard reference work on Egyptian royalty'
Egyptian Archaeology

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.4 x 19.2 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 15 February 2010

ISBN: 9780500288573

Contents List

Introduction • Part I: The Egyptian State • 2. The Royal Family Part II: 1. The Archaic Period and the Old Kingdom • 2. The First Intermediate Period, the Middle Kingdom & Second Intermediate Period • 3. The New Kingdom • 4. The Third Intermediate Period 5. The Late and Ptolemaic Periods

About the Author

Aidan Dodson is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol.

Dyan Hilton specializes in creating geneologies

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