At the back of the book is a 12-page foldout timeline which can be detached and displayed on a wall or noticeboard, offering an attractive quick visual reference to the whole of Ancient Egyptian history. The timeline stretches from the earliest prehistoric Egyptians, through the ages of the pyramids and pharaohs, to the Roman conquest of Egypt and the fall of the Roman empire. The 32-page book follows the same chronological arrangement, and it gives further supporting information and background. It offers concise and lively introductions to each of the significant periods of Egyptian history, and includes special features on important people, places, events and discoveries mentioned on the timeline. The invention of writing and mummification, the building of the pyramids and the great temples, the mighty pharaohs and their conquests, and the changing lives of ordinary people are all described. The book and timeline are richly illustrated throughout with colour photographs.