The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

by Elizabeth Payne

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Overview

For more than 3,000 years, Egypt was a great civilization that thrived along the banks of the Nile River. But when its cities crumbled to dust, Egypt’s culture and the secrets of its hieroglyphic writings were
also lost. The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt explains how archaeologists have pieced together their discoveries to slowly reveal the history of Egypt’s people, its pharaohs, and its golden days.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307813992
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/25/2012
Series: Landmark Books
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 468,323
Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Payne was born in Nettleton, Mississippi, and grew up to become a history professor and author. Her books include The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Meet the Pilgrim Fathers, and Meet the North American Indians.

Table of Contents

The Rediscovery of Ancient Egypt3
The First Egyptians and the Dead Demigods20
"The Good God"-Pharaoh Cheops40
"I Show Thee a Land Topsy-Turvy..."64
"His Majesty, Herself"-Queen Hatshepsut80
The Smiter of the Asiatics-Pharaoh Thutmose the Third97
The Criminal of Akhetaton-Pharaoh Akhnaton119
The Beginning of the End-Pharaoh Rameses the Second153
Photograph Credits173
Index175

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The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
A few years ago we visited Chicago during "Tut Mania" when the King Tutankhamon exhibit was at the Field Museum and all the other museums also had exhibits related to ancient Egypt. I found a couple of books on the general subject, Who Was King Tut? by Robert Edwards (a "Who Was..." biography from Grosset and Dunlap) and this Landmark Book entitled The Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt. We have read several other Landmark Books, mostly about American history, and have found them excellent. The book begins with the rediscovery of Ancient Egypt from A. D. 1789 to 1822 with the finding of the Rosetta Stone, and then goes back to tell the story of Egypt from its beginning, through the times of Cheops, the Hyksos, Hatshepsut, Thutmose, Akhnaton and Tutankhamon, and Rameses the Second, with concluding remarks about the history of Egypt since then. The oldest dates are from 25,000 to 10,000 BC, which are longer than most Biblical based chronologies, but many Bible-believing scientists believe they are within the range of possibility. There is a little evolutionary theory about the development of civilization in the second chapter, but besides this, the description of what has been deduced about life and times in ancient Egypt under the Pharaohs is fascinating. There is one major factual discrepancy that I noticed, and it may just be due to the fact that no one knows for sure, but Who Was King Tut? says, "Who were his parents? Even that is not known for sure. His father was most probably Pharaoh Amenhotep IV" (who changed his name to Akhenaten), whereas The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt refers to "Akhnaton's half-brother, a little boy of about six named Tutankhaton" (whose name was changed to Tutankhamon). Perhaps some mysteries of ancient Egypt remain unsolvable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The free sample talks about napolean. How does that relate to pharohs
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Pharaohs in this book are unbelevible their very beautiful. This book explains the every need of the pharaohs from a-z!! So you have to read this book or at least take a look at it!! Please read says, Rachel
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: Read aloud to my son as part of our homeschooling studies.This is my second time reading this aloud, as I read it about ten years ago to my eldest son and knew it was a winner. The book is written in a narrative storyteller voice with many anecdotes and amusing stories which make the history fun and interesting. The book starts with the modern day (1700s) rediscovery of ancient Egypt and the archaeological finds and public interest in this civilization which so little was known about at that time. Thus as the Rosetta Stone was found, the hieroglyphs translated and the language of the ancients opened up to researchers, the whole history began to unravel as archaeologists made discovery after discovery. The book then briefly goes chronologically through Ancient Egyptian history via its major Pharaohs and Dynasties stopping for greater detail on some of the more well-known and/or important ones. Starting with Menes and ending with Ramses II delightful portrayals of each Pharaoh and his times are given. My son was most eagerly involved in the story of Thutmose III, because of his warrior empire-expanding reign, secondly he was fascinated with Akenaton (as I myself am) because of the drastic changes he brought about and forced upon his people. These could have been good changes but unfortunately were detrimental to the empire as it was the beginning of the end of the powerful rule Egypt had once had.The entire book is engaging, filled with so much information. We read half a chapter a school day, except for two very long chapters I split into three readings. Since most of the information is ancient history the book is not out-dated at all. Of course, modern findings are not mentioned. The picture of King Tut's death mask on this cover is misleading as he is only briefly mentioned in passing with Carter's finding of his tomb and his place in the order of Pharaohs. None of the past controversy surrounding his death or curses, etc. is even mentioned so that did not become an issue at all. The book is recommended for ages 9-12 and I think it is best suited for the upper end of that age range. Both my boys were 11/12 when I read it to them and the reading level is certainly Gr. 5/6. The book is in no way not suitable for older high school students. I'd even recommend it to adults wanting a crash course on the rise and fall of the Egyptian empire. A staple when studying Ancient Egypt. Recommended!
melopher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book gives a good overview of the Pharaohs and historical highlights of Ancient Egypt. It includes some good b&w photos of architectural finds. There were occasions when the text was a little too opinionated, relying on conjecture, ("They seemed scarcely more human than the wild animals they so feared.") but for the most part seems to do a good job of teaching about Egypt.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it was about the old days. This book was so,so great!.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is about king tut a should read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it is great! It portrays the important parts of famous pharaohs in a story like manner. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over all it was pretty good it definetly went back to ancient egypt. I had to write a paper on egypt and this book helped a lot. It does have some things that should have not been put in but oh well i ant the author i would recommend it worth the money if your interested in egypt or u need important things on the subject u couldnt get a library get this BOOk !!!!!!!!!!:)