The Pharaoh

The Pharaoh

Life at Court and on Campaign

  1. Garry J. Shaw
  • ISBN 9780500051740
  • 25.40 x 19.20 cm
  • Hardback
  • 224pp
  • 234 Illustrations, 172 in colour
  • Including maps, plans and reconstruction drawings
  • First published 2012

What was it like to be the Pharaoh of Egypt?

This beautifully illustrated, authoritative and entertaining book provides comprehensive insight into Egyptian pharaohs and their world, from mornings in the palace to evenings banqueting, revealing the king’s role as husband, lawmaker, judge, priest, builder and warrior.

‘Another well-presented Thames & Hudson volume … a great introduction to the history of dynastic Egypt’ – Ancient Egypt
‘Beautifully illustrated … a superb introduction not just to the lives of the pharaohs but to much of Egyptian history during their rule’ – Contemporary Review

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The most important ceremonies are compellingly described, including the coronation and the royal funeral, as well as the rigid protocol of an audience before the monarch. Pharaohs were great warriors and builders too, leaving their mark in the form 
of massive tombs, temples, palaces and even entire cities.

• 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 (and it wasn’t Cleopatra)?

Includes many box features, from the internal decoration of pyramids and the women who became pharaoh to pharaonic pets, tables and quotations from contemporary sources.
The full reference section includes brief biographies of the key rulers.

Garry J. Shaw completed his doctorate in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, and has taught at the American University in Cairo. His research focuses on the daily lives of the pharaohs and he is the author of Royal Authority in Egypt’s Eighteenth Dynasty. He acts as editor and staff writer for the magazine Al-Rawi: Egypt’s Heritage Review and teaches at the Egypt Exploration Society, London.