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The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (World of Art)

Toby Wilkinson

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The most extensive and best-illustrated single-volume dictionary of Ancient Egypt - an indispensable guide to the greatest civilization of the ancient world


This is the most extensive and up-to-date single-volume dictionary of Ancient Egypt – an indispensable guide to the greatest civilization of the ancient world. All the major archaeological sites of Egypt and Sudan are described and a unique feature of this unrivalled coverage is a separate entry for every king who ruled Egypt, from its birth as a state to Alexander the Great in 332BC.

All the major pharaohs are here, such as Khufu (Cheops), Akhenaten, Tutankhamun and Ramesses the Great as well as lesser-known kings such as Rudamun and Takelot. There are details of sites, answers to questions, lists of queens and entries on literature, language and medicine. The authoritative text incorporates the latest research and discoveries while superb illustrations portray objects, jewelry, statues, art, architecture and landscapes. The book also includes a king-list and reference section with maps and key site plans.

From Abgig to Zoser, from aegis to zodiac, this book will appeal to tourists, museum visitors, travellers and serious scholars alike.

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'A lively, readable, and awesomely up-to-date work of reference'
Dr John Ray, University of Cambridge

'Full, revealing and efficiently cross-referenced: and the illustrations show just how well Thames & Hudson can do this kind of book'
Northern Earth

'A treasure-trove to students of ancient Egyptian life and a handy introduction for those coming to the study for the first time'
Contemporary Review

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 272 pp

Illustrations: 316

Publication date: 7 April 2008

ISBN: 9780500203965

About the Author

Dr Toby Wilkinson is a Bye-Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. The author of many books on ancient Egypt, he won the Hessell-Tiltman prize in 2011 for The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: The History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra. .Among his previous books are Genesis of the Pharaohs and Lives of the Ancient Egyptians, both published by Thames & Hudson.