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Good book about Ramses II?

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Dec 7, 2011, 9:35am Top

Hi folks,
My husband has asked for a good book about Egyptian Pharaohs in general, or Ramses II in particular, as a Christmas gift. He's the historian, and I'm a little bit out of my element. I would be most grateful if you folks could make a suggestion or two if there's a particularly good volume that I should consider. I'd really appreciate your help.

Edited: Dec 7, 2011, 5:40pm Top

Pharaoh Triumphant by Kenneth Kitchen is written in a colloquial style but covers all the bases. And few scholars know the period better than Kitchen does.

Aidan Dodson has written a number of semi-popular books covering different periods in Egyptian history; two recent titles are Amarna Sunset and Poisoned Legacy. Be careful about accepting everything he says, though--he does have a tendency to produce hypotheses about political factions or personal relationships and then treat those ideas as established fact.

Dec 13, 2011, 9:48pm Top

Thanks folks! You advice was a huge help. I ended up finding pretty heavily discounted copies, so I was able to get him both books. I really appreciate it! Merry Merry!

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