Ramesside Inscriptions: Historial & Biographical. Volume IV

Kenneth A. Kitchen


The aim of Professor Kenneth Kitchen’s magisterial Ramesside Inscriptions is simple—to make available the principal historical and biographical texts of the Ramesside age (c.1300–1070 bc) in a comprehensive, compact and accurate edition that should be comprehensive but handy to use. It does not, however, include purely literary, ritual and funerary texts. This book covers the whole of the texts of the Later Nineteenth Dynasty, namely all that was subsequent to the reign of Ramesses II, i.e. for the reigns of Merenptah through to Tewosret (c.1213–1186 bc, or only to 1189 bc, depending on whether Amenmesses was full ruler or merely a Theban contemporary of Sethos II). They include the ‘official’ and royal records issued or engraved in the king’s name, personifying (as he did) the effective government of ancient Egypt for his time, as well as texts that concern primarily, or were left us by, the king’s subjects at all levels of society, from viziers and viceroys at the head of the royal administration (along with priesthoods and the military) down through society’s echelons to the workmen who laboured in the royal tombs in Western Thebes (based in Deir el-Medina village) and the humble folk that served them. First published in fifteen individual fascicles between 1968 and 1982 by B. H. Blackwell (Oxford), this volume is re-printed here for the first time in a single, handsome, book.


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Imprint: Abercromby Press

ISBN: 978 1 912246 10 6

Pages: xxv + 452

Format: Hardback

Published: 3/19/2021

Copyright: 2021