The Ptolemies (Paperback)

Author: Sprott, Duncan

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From a refreshingly antic new voice in historical fiction, this epically entertaining, irresistibly madcap novel re-creates an ancient family whose obsessions and dysfunctions would change the world, for better or worse.
They were the last pharaohs to rule Egypt. Ptolemy Soter (putative half-brother of Alexander the Great-his mother may have been raped by Alexander's father) begins it all when he takes the kingdom of the Nile as his share of the empire and brings along Alexander's carefully embalmed corpse for luck. Soon enough, Ptolemy, in a kind of ancient corporate takeover, becomes pharoah, the living god of Egypt, first in what he hopes will be a long line of Ptolemies. Scheming priests, conniving wives, errant sons and daughters (some of whom have a thing for each other), and an epic's worth of battles and intrigue make for a tale so rich in upheaval and mayhem that perhaps only our narrator, the irreverent and disapproving Thoth, Egyptian god of Wisdom and Patron of Scribes, could do it justice.

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Publisher Vintage Books USA
Mfg Part# 9781400075102
SKU 31160080
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1400075106
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
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Annotation The pharaohs of the House of Ptolemy ruled Egypt from 330 to 23 B.C.E. Here, Duncan Sprott--in the persona of the ibis, Thoth, whom he has chosen as his narrator--tells their story, which turns out--perhaps surprisingly--to be disaster-ridden, dramatic, engrossing, and frequently hilarious.
Editors Note A dramatic fictional re-creation of the early years of the House of Ptolemy, a multigenerational dynasty of Greek pharaohs in Egypt, begins with Ptolemy Soter, a Macedonian general who, in the wake of the death of Alexander the Great, seizes control of Egypt, and continues through the reigns of his varied descendants.
Editors Note 2 A dramatic fictional re-creation of the early years of the House of Ptolemy, a multigenerational dynasty of Greek pharaohs in Egypt, begins with Ptolemy Soter, a Macedonian general who, in the wake of the death of Alexander the Great, seizes control of Egypt, and continues through the reigns of his varied descendants. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Editors Note 3 From a refreshingly antic new voice in historical fiction, this epically entertaining, irresistibly madcap novel re-creates an ancient family whose obsessions and dysfunctions would change the world, for better or worse.They were the last pharaohs to rule Egypt. Ptolemy Soter (putative half-brother of Alexander the Great?his mother may have been raped by Alexander's father) begins it all when he takes the kingdom of the Nile as his share of the empire and brings along Alexander's carefully embalmed corpse for luck. Soon enough, Ptolemy, in a kind of ancient corporate takeover, becomes pharoah, the living god of Egypt, first in what he hopes will be a long line of Ptolemies. Scheming priests, conniving wives, errant sons and daughters (some of whom have a thing for each other), and an epic's worth of battles and intrigue make for a tale so rich in upheaval and mayhem that perhaps only our narrator, the irreverent and disapproving Thoth, Egyptian god of Wisdom and Patron of Scribes, could do it justice.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0462
Publisher Vintage Books USA
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