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Pharaohs of the sun : the rise and fall of Tutankhamun's dynasty

Guy De la Bédoyère (Author)
"For more than two centuries Egypt was ruled by the most powerful, successful, and richest dynasty of kings in its long end epic history. They included the female king Hatshepsut, the warrior kings Thutmose III and Amenhotep II, the religious radical Akhenaten and his queen Nefertiti, and most famously of all for the wealth of his tomb the short-lived boy king Tutankhamun. The power and riches of the Pharaohs of the 18th Dynasty came at enormous cost to Egypt's enemies and most of its people. This was an age of ruthless absolutism, exploitation, extravagance, brutality, and oppression in a culture where not only did Egypt plunder its neighbours but Egyptian kings and their people robbed one another. 3,500 years ago ancient Egypt began two centuries in which it became richer and more powerful than any other nation at the time, ruled by the kings of the 18th Dynasty. They presided over a system built on war, oppression, and ruthlessness, pouring Egypt's wealth into grandiose monuments, temples, and extravagant tombs. Tutankhamun was one of the last of the line and one of the most obscure. Among his predecessors were some of the most notorious and enigmatic figures of all of Egypt's history. Pharaohs of the Sun is their story, showing how the glamour and gold was tainted by selfishness, ostentation, and the systematic exploitation of Egypt's people and enemies"-- Publisher's description
Print Book, English, 2023
First Pegasus Books cloth edition View all formats and editions
Pegasus Books, New York, 2023
xxv, 549 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
9781639363063, 1639363068
Egypt in the 18th dynasty
Twilight of the Hyksos c. 1555-1550 BC
The dawn of the New Kingdom c. 1550-1525 BC: Ahmose I
Mother and son c. 1525-1504 BC: Ahmose-Nefertari and Amenhotep I
First of the Thutmosids c. 1504-1492 BC: Thutmose I
Brother and sister c. 1492-1479: Thutmose II and Hatshepsut
King of Egypt, Daughter of Amun c. 1479-1458 BC: Hatshepsut
Warrior King c. 1479-1425 BC: Thutmose III
The Archer King c. 1425-1400 BC: Amenhotep II
The Sphinx's Chosen One c. 1400-1390 BC: Thutmose IV
The first family c. 1390-1352 BC: Amenhotep II and Tiye
The Great Living Aten c. 1352-1341 BC: Akhenaten and Nefertiti's high summer
Latter days at Amarna c. 1341-1336 BC: Akhenaten, Smenkhkare and Neferneferuaten
The strange case of the tomb known as KV35
The king whose name the whole world knows c. 1336-1327 BC: Tutankhamun
The Widowed Queen and the God's Father c. 1327-1323 BC: Ankhesenamun and the reign of Ay
The enlightened despot ca. 1323-1295 BC: Horemheb