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Fighting pharaohs : weapons and warfare in ancient Egypt
Partridge, Robert B.
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Manchester, U.K. : Peartree Pub., [2002]

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xvi, 336 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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The image of a Pharaoh smiting the enemies of Egypt is a recurring one throughout the Dynastic Period of Ancient Civilisation. Fighting Pharaohs looks in some detail at the range of weapons used, the training of troops and the tactics for battles and sieges, before looking at the military campaigns of the Pharaohs. Drawing on contemporary evidence, over three thousand years are covered, from Narmer to Cleopatra.

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Warfare is probably the single most pervasive theme in ancient Egyptian history. From the beginnings of the Pharaonic state in the fourth millennium BCE to the Roman conquest of Egypt three thousand years later, monuments celebrated the victories of the Pharaohs. Yet no book summarizes for students and the general public the knowledge scholars have painstakingly accumulated concerning Egyptian military practice. Partridge (Univ. of Manchester) has made a partially successful attempt to fill that gap. Five clearly written and well-illustrated chapters provide successively comprehensive surveys of Egypt's enemies and allies; the materials available to the Egyptians and the weapons they made from them; Egyptian gods connected to the military; the Egyptian army, with particular emphasis on the life of a soldier; and fortifications and siege warfare. A final chapter provides a concise general overview of Egyptian military history. Although the book conveniently summarizes a vast amount of information, its lack of annotation, poor quality photographs, and superficial analysis of the often-fragmentary evidence for Egyptian military history limit its value as a tool for study. A useful but not essential work. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections. S. M. Burstein California State University, Los Angeles