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The Pharaoh

Life at Court and on Campaign

Garry J. Shaw

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A fascinating look at what it was really like to be the Pharaoh of Egypt, one of the most powerful rulers of the ancient world


What was it like to be the Pharaoh of Egypt?

In this authoritative and entertaining account, eight themed chapters cover all aspects of the life of a pharaoh, from mornings in the palace to evenings banqueting, revealing the king's role as husband, lawmaker, judge, priest, builder and warrior, and answer the following questions:

- How did someone become pharaoh?
- What did a pharaoh do each day?
- Did the pharaoh personally lead his army into battle?
- How influential was the Great Royal Wife?
- How was a pharaoh embalmed and buried?
- Who was the last pharaoh?

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'A superb introduction not just to the lives of the pharaohs but to much of Egyptian history during their rule'
Contemporary Review

'A great introduction to the history of dynastic Egypt'
Ancient Egypt

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.4 x 19.2 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 234

Publication date: 10 September 2012

ISBN: 9780500051740

Contents List

Introduction: Pharaonic Lives; 1. Pharaonic Kingship: Evolution and Ideology; 2. The Story of the Two Lands; 3. Becoming Pharaoh; 4. Being Pharaoh; 5. Pharaohs on Campaign; 6. Royal Cities; 7. The Pharaoh in Death; 8. The Last Pharaohs. Endmatter.

About the Author

Garry Shaw is Honorary fellow at the University of Liverpool.