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When we think of Ancient Egypt, an array of images spring to mind: pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphics, sacred animals, the Nile and much more. But at the centre of this iconic civilisation were its people; in particular its monarchs. Ancient Egypt spanned more than 2,000 years and was ruled by approximately 170 pharaohs. Believed to be the mediator between the gods and the world of men, the pharaoh would pass on his sacred powers to the new pharaoh after death, and would become divine. But what was everyday life like for these all-powerful rulers? What responsibilities did they have, and how did religion and politics both unite and divide a nation? From the dynasties of the Old Kingdom to the rise and fall of individual leaders, delve into the extraordinary world of these fascinating beings, unearthing the secrets, sacrifices and sarcophagi of Ancient Egypt’s mysterious rulers.

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English
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Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to pharaohs

When we think of Ancient Egypt, an array of images spring to mind: pyramids, mummies, hieroglyphics, sacred animals, the Nile and much more. But at the centre of this iconic civilisation were its people; in particular its monarchs. Ancient Egypt spanned more than 2,000 years and was ruled by approximately 170 pharaohs. Believed to be the mediator between the gods and the world of men, the pharaoh would pass on his sacred powers to the new pharaoh after death, and would become divine. But what was everyday life like for these all-powerful rulers? What responsibilities did they have, and how did religion and politics both unite and divide a nation? From the dynasties of the Old Kingdom to the rise and fall of individual leaders, delve into the extraordinary world…

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pharaohs

Future PLC Richmond House, 33 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 6EZ Bookazine Editorial Editors Sarah Bankes & Charles Ginger Designer Madelene King Editorial Director Jon White Senior Art Editor Andy Downes All About History Editorial Editor Jonathan Gordon Senior Designer Kym Winters Editor in Chief Tim Williamson Senior Art Editor Duncan Crook Cover images Getty Images, Alamy Photography All copyrights and trademarks are recognised and respected Advertising Media packs are available on request Commercial Director Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com International Head of Print Licensing Rachel Shaw licensing@futurenet.com Circulation Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers Production Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Managers Keely Miller, Nola Cokely, Vivienne Calvert, Fran Twentyman Management Chief Content Officer Aaron Asadi Commercial Finance Director Dan Jotcham Head of Art & Design Greg Whitaker…

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narmer father of egypt

Ancient Egypt remains one of the most storied, romantic and revered eras in all of world history. As the juggernauts of North Africa for three millennia, the Egyptians had time to cultivate a fascinating culture, construct huge monuments to their rulers and gods, and leave behind a rich collection of relics that enable us to continue to engage with their story today. But every story must have a beginning, and at the budding stage of Egypt’s was King Narmer, the first king of unified Egypt. Unlike the swathes of published histories, oratories, biographies and personal accounts left to us by more recent civilisations like the Roman Empire, our sources stretching as far back in time to King Narmer – who reigned approximately five thousand years ago – are understandably scarce. But…

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memphis – the white-walled city

Legend holds that king Menes, or Narmer by another name, established the city of Memphis following the unification of Egypt. Sitting near the base of the Nile Delta in former Lower Egypt, Memphis would swiftly establish itself as a key commercial centre and would act as the formal seat of the pharaohs for roughly a thousand years. From their nexus of power in Memphis, the pharaohs would oversee and orchestrate the construction of great pyramids and temples, some of which still stand today. During its infancy, the city was dubbed ‘white walls’ due to the whitewashed mud brick used to construct the king’s palace. It was also associated with another name, Hut-Ka-Ptah, in honour of the patron deity of the city, Ptah. This would be of immense importance in the millennia…

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the first pharaohs

If Egyptologists can agree on one thing, it is that they will always disagree on what happened in the Archaic Period. During the five centuries after Narmer unified Upper and Lower Egypt into a single kingdom, the first pharaohs laid the foundations of 3,000 years of prosperous civilisation. But exactly how they did this is unclear. Sources of information are scrappy at best; archaeologists must painstakingly piece together fragmentary inscriptions written in difficult-to-translate early hieroglyphics. The only contemporary records are the royal annals carved on the Palermo Stone – one of seven steles that together make up the royal annals – which give a snapshot of some of the major events and rituals, but the pharaohs it refers to usually carried multiple names and titles. Historians cannot agree on what order…

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den

For a period in which there are very few sources of information, Den is one of the better-known Archaic pharaohs. The fifth ruler of the First Dynasty, Den took the primitive state created by his great-great-grandfather, Narmer, and established a system of royal government and ritual that lasted centuries beyond his death. Den was the first pharaoh to be referred to as the King of Lower and Upper Egypt, and he may be the first depicted wearing the Pschent, the white and red crown that symbolically combined the two halves of Egypt. Den’s administrators also introduced a system of hieroglyphic numbering for tax calculations and to denote year events; prior to this, years were depicted with more convoluted and easily confused symbols. The first few years of Den’s 42-year reign were spent…

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