Important historical and cultural figures, as well as some less well-known individuals in Egypt's long history (c.3100 - c.AD 600) are incorporated in this scholarly work of reference. Not only are rulers and members of their families listed, but also other significant figures who had particularly impressive or interesting tombs, who showed great military prowess or who had special literary or other skills. There are entries for foreigners with whom the Egyptians came into contact and major classical writers, who have left vivid descriptions of ancient Egypt. The entries are based on original source material and there are bibliographical references for futher reading. The text is augmented with maps.