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Ramses II: An Illustrated Biography

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More than thirty-two centuries ago, the glory of Ramses II shone over Egypt like the sun; he was considered to be a living god. His extraordinary sixty-seven year reign is extensively documented: no other Pharaoh left so many records of what he had hoped to achieve, nor constructed as many monuments, offering us a unique insight into his goals and motivations. In this ...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published February 19th 2008 by Flammarion (first published January 1st 1997)
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Lisa
Jun 14, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those wanting for a good visual reference on Ramesses II.
I expected this would be nostalgic: Ramesses II used to be my favourite pharaoh and I read obsessively about him back in 2004/05. I'm still fond of him now, so when I saw this going cheap at a bookshop, I grabbed myself a copy.

The presentation is gorgeous – I loved that glossary terms are defined in the margin of the page they first appear, rather than having a glossary section at the back that you'd have to flick to each time you wanted to look something up. The photos and illustrations are als
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James F
Apr 11, 2015 James F rated it it was ok
Christiane Desroches Noblecourt is a major expert on Ramses II and is credited with being a good writer, but I found this book very disappointing. It does contain much good information on the subject, but it was rather confusingly written. Partly this may be because it was "an abridged version of research that appeared in . . . Ramses II, La veritable histoire" so either the abridgement or the translation could be responsible.

The book is very well illustrated -- about half illustrations, like a
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Jun 14, 2014 Russell Hall rated it really liked it
This intimate and detailed account of the life of Ramses the Great was absolutely wonderful with its details and thoroughness. Also one of the first books on Egyptian culture which addressed the complexities of the Exodus. So much light shed on this fascinating and well know figure. A great read for anyone interested in this Pharaoh and the nineteenth dynasty.
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Famous French archaeologist, a specialist in ancient Egypt. She was deeply involved in the rescue and preservation of Nubian monuments in the face of the Aswan Dam Project of the late 1950's.
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