This groundbreaking book illuminates the lives of some 1,300 kings, queens, princes, and princesses of ancient Egypt, unraveling family relationships and exploring the parts they played in politics, cultural life, and religion. It ranges from the dawn of Egyptian history, when only isolated glimpses are available of the royal family, through the vast progeny of Ramesses II, and ends with the fiendishly complicated—and blood-soaked—interconnections of the Ptolemies and Cleopatras. The authors begin with a basic summary of the structure of the pharaonic state, including the nature of ancient Egyptian kingship itself and how its functions meshed with those of the bureaucracy. They then introduce key members of the royal family and assess what is known about the implications of the major titles that define them. The book goes on to provide a chronological survey of the royal family from c. 3100 BC and the 1st Dynasty up to Egypt’s absorption into the Roman Empire. For each dynasty—or significant part of a dynasty—the authors give a historical overview of the period, a summary listing of the kings involved, and a discussion of their families’ relationships, including, most importantly, the vital evidence for their royal status. Finally, the individuals who made up these families are placed in context via 27 genealogical trees, and described in comprehensive sets of short biographies. Handsomely illustrated with hundreds of photographs and line drawings, the book serves equally well as a biographical history of ancient Egypt’s royal families and a superb volume for home reference. Also available: The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt The Complete Pyramids The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt The Complete Tutankhamun The Complete Valley of the Kings
The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt
This groundbreaking book illuminates the lives of some 1,300 kings, queens, princes, and princesses of ancient Egypt, unraveling family relationships
Aidan Dodson is Honorary Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Bristol, UK, was Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo in 2013, and Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society during 2011–16. Awarded his PhD by the University of Cambridge in 1995, he was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He is the author of some twenty-five books, including Sethy I, King of Egypt: His Life and Afterlife (AUC Press, 2019), Rameses III, King of Egypt: His Life and Afterlife (AUC Press, 2019), Amarna Sunrise: Egypt from Golden Age to Age of Heresy (AUC Press, paperback edition, 2016), Afterglow of Empire: Egypt from the Fall of the New Kingdom to the Saite Renaissance (AUC Press, paperback edition, 2020), Poisoned Legacy: The Fall of the 19th Egyptian Dynasty (AUC Press, paperback edition, 2016), Amarna Sunset: Nefertiti, Tutankhamun, Ay, Horemheb, and the Egyptian Counter-Reformation (AUC Press, paperback edition, 2018), and Monarchs of the Nile (AUC Press, paperback edition, 2015).