Interactive Dynastic Timeline
We are very excited to give you a preview of our exclusive Timeline
of Dynastic Egypt (Draft edition). This interactive tool makes
it possible to examine the details of 4300 years of Egyptian dynastic
chronology without losing sight of the big picture.
This “live table” displays simultaneously three timelines
of information, with increasing detail. (The bottom strip, if printed,
would measure over 8 meters, or 26 feet!). Clicking or sliding any
one of the timelines causes the other two timelines to bring the corresponding
information into view.
The first timeline, labeled “periods,” presents a table
of the main periods of Egyptian history, such as Old Kingdom, First
Intermediate Period, Middle Kingdom, etc. The green ball beneath points
to the period currently displayed. Clicking anywhere in the timeline,
or sliding the green ball causes the other timelines to update.
The second timeline, labeled “Dynasties,” depicts all
thirty-one dynasties, illustrating graphically how dynasties overlap
at certain periods. You can directly slide this timeline left or right
by dragging, causing the other timelines to update.
The third timeline, labeled “Pharaohs,” shows the reign
of each king within his dynasty, once again illustrating the importance
of overlaps in certain periods. You can directly side this timeline
in the same manner as the Dynasties timeline.
Egyptian chronology is fraught with uncertainties. For the purposes
of this illustration, we had to “fill in the blanks,”
giving the illusion of exact dates even when none were available.
We generally followed the chronology presented by Clayton (1994).
To display this interactive illustration, your browser must have access
to the Flash plug-in, version 5 minimum. With this draft version of
the timeline, the small print can be hard to read unless the Trebuchet
MS and Silkscreen
fonts are available on your system. These fonts can be downloaded
at no charge.
The timeline window displays periods, dynasties,
and pharaonic reigns simultaneously.
The dynasties timeline displays graphically the
overlap between dynasties at certain periods
The pharaohs timeline offers the most detail.
Printed, it would measure 26 feet (8 meters)!