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{{Book Data
{{Book Data
|title= Pyramids
|title=Pyramids
|cover=
|cover=[[File:Cover Pyramids.jpg|thumb|240px|Cover art by Josh Kirby]]
[[File:Cover Pyramids.jpg|thumb|240px|Cover art by Josh Kirby]]
|coauthors=
|coauthors=
|illustrator=
|illustrator=
|date= June 1989
|date=June 1989
|publisher= Victor Gollancz
|publisher=Victor Gollancz
|isbn=0552134619
|isbn=0552134619
|pages=288
|pages=288
|rrp=
|rrp=  
|series=
|series=Discworld Series
|characters=[[Teppic]], [[Dios]], [[Ptraci]]
|characters=[[Teppic]], [[Dios]], [[Ptraci]]
|annotations=yes
|annotations=yes
|notes= Book #07
|notes= Book #07
}}
}}
==Blurb==
==Blurb==
Being trained by the [[Assassins' Guild]] in [[Ankh-Morpork]] did not fit [[Teppic]] for the task assigned to him by fate. He inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of [[Djelibeybi]] rather earlier than he expected (his father wasn't too happy about it either), but that was only the beginning of his problems ...
Being trained by the [[Assassins' Guild]] in [[Ankh-Morpork]] did not fit [[Teppic]] for the task assigned to him by fate. He inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of [[Djelibeybi]] rather earlier than he expected (his father wasn't too happy about it either), but that was only the beginning of his problems ...
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Divided into four books:
Divided into four books:


:Book I: The Book of Going Fourth
:Book I: The Book of Going Forth
:Book II: The Book of the Dead
:Book II: The Book of the Dead
:Book III: The Book of the New Son
:Book III: The Book of the New Son
:Book IV: The Book of 101 Things A Boy Can Do
:Book IV: The Book of 101 Things A Boy Can Do


== Major Characters ==
==Major Characters==
 
* [[Dios]]
* [[Dios]]
* [[Teppic]]
* [[Teppic]]
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* [[Ptraci]]
* [[Ptraci]]


== Minor Characters ==
==Minor Characters==
 
* [[Mericet]]
* [[Mericet]]
* King [[Pteppicymon XXVII]], Teppic's father and king of Djelibeybi
* King [[Pteppicymon XXVII]], Teppic's father and king of Djelibeybi
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** [[Endos]], the Listener
** [[Endos]], the Listener


== Cameos and Mentions ==
==Cameos and Mentions==
 
* [[Blind Io]] (mentioned)
* [[Blind Io]] (mentioned)
* Uncle [[Vyrt]], Teppic's assassin uncle
* Uncle [[Vyrt]], Teppic's assassin uncle
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* [[Jahmet]], servant who discovers King Teppicymon's body
* [[Jahmet]], servant who discovers King Teppicymon's body
* [[Hoot Koomi]], high priest of [[Khefin]]
* [[Hoot Koomi]], high priest of [[Khefin]]
* Mrs [[Collar]], Teppic's bedder in sixth form
* [[Assassins' Guild|Mrs Collar]], Teppic's bedder in sixth form
* [[Glwenda]], garlic farmer's daughter that Gern is pursuing
* [[Glwenda]], garlic farmer's daughter that Gern is pursuing
* [[Mrs Ptaclusp]] (mentioned)
* [[Mrs Ptaclusp]] (mentioned)
* Former rulers of Djelibeybi
* Former rulers of Djelibeybi
** Queen [[Khaput]]
** Queen [[Khaput]]
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** King [[Ashk-ur-men-tep]]
** King [[Ashk-ur-men-tep]]
** King [[Psam-nut-kha]] ("some nut case"?)
** King [[Psam-nut-kha]] ("some nut case"?)
* Gods of Djelibeybi
* Gods of Djelibeybi
** Sun Gods
** Sun Gods
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* [[Cleph-ptah-re]], briefly heir apparent to the throne of Djelibeybi
* [[Cleph-ptah-re]], briefly heir apparent to the throne of Djelibeybi


== Things and Concepts ==
==Things and Concepts==
 
* Assassins' Guild classes
* Assassins' Guild classes
** [[Strategy and Poison Theory]], taught by [[Mericet]]
** [[Strategy and Poison Theory]], taught by [[Mericet]]
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** [[Modern Languages and Music]], taught by [[Kompt de Yoyo]], who is also a keen edificeer. This class emphasizes how the Assassins' Guild offers a good all around education.
** [[Modern Languages and Music]], taught by [[Kompt de Yoyo]], who is also a keen edificeer. This class emphasizes how the Assassins' Guild offers a good all around education.
** [[Political Expediency]], taught by Lady [[T'malia]]
** [[Political Expediency]], taught by Lady [[T'malia]]
* [[Cordati]], assassin manual
* [[Cordati]], assassin manual
* [[Tlingas]], assassin weapon
* [[Tlingas]], assassin weapon
* Poisons and antidotes
* Poisons and antidotes
** [[wasp agaric]] (poison administered by ear)
** [[wasp agaric]] (poison administered by ear)
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** [[spime]] (antidote to some snake venoms)
** [[spime]] (antidote to some snake venoms)
** [[bloat]], poison extracted from the [[deep sea blowfish]] (singularis minutia gigantica)
** [[bloat]], poison extracted from the [[deep sea blowfish]] (singularis minutia gigantica)
* [[Wallgame]], game played by assassins, involving edificing
* [[Wallgame]], game played by assassins, involving edificing
* [[Dr Mooner's Travelling Take Your Breath Away Emporium]], a fun house / hall of mirrors
* [[Dr Mooner's Travelling Take Your Breath Away Emporium]], a fun house / hall of mirrors
* The [[Shuttered Palace]], a guide to sexual positions (similar to the {{wp|Kama Sutra|Kama Sutra}}
* The [[Shuttered Palace]], a guide to sexual positions (similar to the {{wp|Kama Sutra|Kama Sutra}}
* [[A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On  The End]], song
* [[A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On  The End]], song
* [[Year of the Engaging Sloth]], Ankh-Morpork name for a given year
* [[Year of the Engaging Sloth]], Ankh-Morpork name for a given year
* [[Smugglers' Guild]] (mentioned)
* [[Smugglers' Guild]] (mentioned)
* [[Assassins' Ball]] (mentioned)
* [[Assassins' Ball]] (mentioned)
* [[Guild of Embalmers and  Allied Trades]] (mentioned)
* [[Guild of Embalmers and  Allied Trades]] (mentioned)
* [[Vanglemesht]] and [[Laotation]], languages Teppic learned
* [[Vanglemesht]] and [[Laotation]], languages Teppic learned
* [[Seedtime]], [[Inundation]], and [[Sog]], seasons observed by river valley cultures
* [[Seedtime]], [[Inundation]], and [[Sog]], seasons observed by river valley cultures
* [[The Book of Staying in The Pit]], which says the sun is the eye of Yay
* [[The Book of Staying in The Pit]], which says the sun is the eye of Yay
* [[Guild of Plumbers and Dunnikindivers]] (mentioned)
* [[Guild of Plumbers and Dunnikindivers]] (mentioned)
* [[Little Pieces for Tiny Fingers]], book of dulcimer music
* [[Little Pieces for Tiny Fingers]], book of dulcimer music
* [[Catharti Death Grip]], assassin technique
* [[Catharti Death Grip]], assassin technique
* [[Goblins Picnic]], song
* [[Goblins Picnic]], song
* [[.303 bookworm]], fastest insect in the world
* [[.303 bookworm]], fastest insect in the world
* [[Ambiguous Puzuma]], fastest animal in the world
* [[Ambiguous Puzuma]], fastest animal in the world
* [[Principles of Ideal Government]], book written by Ibid
* [[Principles of Ideal Government]], book written by Ibid
* [[Discourse on Historical Inevitability]], book written by Ibid
* [[Discourse on Historical Inevitability]], book written by Ibid
* [[Tsortean Wars]] (mentioned)
* [[Tsortean Wars]] (mentioned)
* [[130 Days of Pseudopolis]], a book similar to The Shuttered Palace
* [[130 Days of Pseudopolis]], a book similar to The Shuttered Palace
 
* [[Discworld calendar|Century of the Cobra]], current century in Djelibeybi
* [[Century of the Cobra]], current century in Djelibeybi
 
* [[Century of the Fruitbat]] (mentioned)
* [[Century of the Fruitbat]] (mentioned)


== Locations ==
==Locations==
 
* [[Circle Sea]]
* [[Circle Sea]]
** [[Ankh-Morpork]]
** [[Ankh-Morpork]]
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*** [[Haberdashers' Tower]]
*** [[Haberdashers' Tower]]
*** [[Brass Bridge]]
*** [[Brass Bridge]]
* [[Djel]] (river)
* [[Djel]] (river)
* [[Djelibeybi]]
* [[Djelibeybi]]
** [[Knot]] (mentioned)
** [[Knot]] (mentioned)
** [[Hort]], town that receives unexpected visit from Scrab
** [[Hort]], town that receives unexpected visit from Scrab
* [[Tsort]]
* [[Tsort]]
* [[Ephebe]]
* [[Ephebe]]
* Nether [[Hell]]s, where [[Orm]] is normally found (because he has too few worshipers to live at [[Dunmanifestin]]?)
* Nether [[Hell]]s, where [[Orm]] is normally found (because he has too few worshipers to live at [[Dunmanifestin]]?)
* [[Ramtop Mountains]] (mentioned)
* [[Ramtop Mountains]] (mentioned)
* [[Netherworld]], where dead Djelibeybi royalty presumably goes
* [[Netherworld]], where dead Djelibeybi royalty presumably goes
* [[Rim Ocean]] (mentioned)
* [[Rim Ocean]] (mentioned)
* [[Howandaland]] (mentioned)
* [[Howandaland]] (mentioned)
* [[Khali]] (mentioned)
* [[Khali]] (mentioned)
** [[Rhoxie]] (mentioned)
** [[Rhoxie]] (mentioned)
* [[Elharib]] (mentioned)
* [[Elharib]] (mentioned)
* [[Papylos]], island (mentioned)
* [[Papylos]], island (mentioned)
* [[Crinix]], island (mentioned)
* [[Crinix]], island (mentioned)
* [[Great Nef]] (mentioned)
* [[Great Nef]] (mentioned)
** [[Ee]]
** [[Ee]]


==Sentient Species==
==Sentient Species==
*[[You Bastard|Camels]]
*[[You Bastard|Camels]]
*[[Humans]]
*[[Humans]]


==Supernatural Entities==
==Supernatural Entities==
*[[Death]]
*[[Death]]
*[[Ghosts]]
*[[Ghosts]]
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*[[Sphinx|The Sphinx]]
*[[Sphinx|The Sphinx]]


== [[Roundworld]] mentions ==
==[[Roundworld]] Mentions==
 
* {{wp|Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram|Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram}}, a chart comparing stellar brightness to color
* {{wp|Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram|Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram}}, a chart comparing stellar brightness to color


* {{wp|Marie Celeste|Marie Celeste}}
* {{wp|Marie Celeste|Marie Celeste}}


== Annotations ==
==Annotations==
The Ephebian god turning himself into a "golden shower" parodies Zeus turning himself into a "shower of gold" to impregnate {{wp|Danae|Danae}}. "{{wp|Urolagnia|Golden shower}}", on the other hand, is slang for urinating on someone for mutual sexual pleasure. This is why the expression "raised interesting questions about everyday night life in sophisticated Ephebe" in Teppic's mind.
 
"THIS? IT'S A SCYTHE." - Death reaps King Teppicymon's soul with a scythe, even though he normally uses a sword for kings.
 
Corgi pb p116: note the typo of a very minor character's name: Prince [[Imtebos]] becomes Imbetos in the same line. Doesn't matter too much, as the prince never appears again. This error may appear only in the first few print runs of the novel (1989-90) as  good authority advises me it's been corrected in later editions.
 
A real devious link between {{M}} and {{P}} that never made the APF:
 
{{M}}, '''Corgi pb P247: "[the elephant] sniffed the distant dark continent of Klatch on the night breeze and, tail raised, followed the ancient call of home."'''


* The Ephebian god turning himself into a "golden shower" parodies Zeus turning himself into a "shower of gold" to impregnate {{wp|Danae|Danae}}. "{{wp|Urolagnia|Golden shower}}", on the other hand, is slang for urinating on someone for mutual sexual pleasure. This is why the expression "raised interesting questions about everyday night life in sophisticated Ephebe" in Teppic's mind.
{{P}}, '''Corgi pb P147: "But the stables now held ... an elderly elephant whose presence was a bit of a mystery"'''


* "THIS? IT'S A SCYTHE." - Death reaps King Teppicymon's soul with a scythe, even though he normally uses a sword for kings.
Actually confirmed by [https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/alt.fan.pratchett/%22trevor$20curry%22/alt.fan.pratchett/bxoOB7db6Lw/Di7jJ4QrFNsJ Terry]


Corgi pb p116: note the typo of a very minor character's name: Prince [[Imtebos]] becomes Imbetos in the same line. Doesn't matter too much, as the prince never appears again... This error may appear only in the first few print runs of the novel (1989-90) as  good authority advises me it's been corrected in later editions.
==Gallery==
{|
|-
| valign="top" | [[File:P First.jpg|110px|thumb|First Edition Cover by [[Josh Kirby]]]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P Proof.jpg|thumb|110px|Book Proof]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P Letterbox.jpg|thumb|120px|'Letterbox' Hardback]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P DKS.jpg|thumb|110px|New American Library, Cover by Daniel K. Sweet]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P Black.jpg|thumb|110px|Paperback 2004]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P Tape.jpg|thumb|120px|Audio Cassette]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P CD.jpg|thumb|140px|Audio CD]]
|}
{|
|-
| valign="top" | [[File:P Roc.jpg|thumb|110px|Paperback ROC Publishing]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P US.jpg|thumb|110px|US Cover 2000, 2013]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P Zoom.jpg|thumb|110px|Paperback 2012]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P Unseen.jpg|thumb|110px|Unseen Library Edition]]
| valign="top" | [[File:P CL.jpg|thumb|110px|Collectors Library Edition]]
|}


==External links==
==External Links==
[http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/pyramids.html  ''Pyramids'' Annotations - The Annotated Pratchett File]
[http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/pyramids.html  ''Pyramids'' Annotations - The Annotated Pratchett File]



Latest revision as of 01:01, 7 September 2021

Pyramids
Cover art by Josh Kirby
Co-author(s)
Illustrator(s)
Publisher Victor Gollancz
Publication date June 1989
ISBN 0552134619
Pages 288
RRP
Main characters Teppic, Dios, Ptraci
Series Discworld Series
Annotations View
Notes Book #07
All data relates to the first UK edition.

Blurb

Being trained by the Assassins' Guild in Ankh-Morpork did not fit Teppic for the task assigned to him by fate. He inherited the throne of the desert kingdom of Djelibeybi rather earlier than he expected (his father wasn't too happy about it either), but that was only the beginning of his problems ...

Books

Divided into four books:

Book I: The Book of Going Forth
Book II: The Book of the Dead
Book III: The Book of the New Son
Book IV: The Book of 101 Things A Boy Can Do

Major Characters

Minor Characters

Cameos and Mentions

Things and Concepts

Locations

Sentient Species

Supernatural Entities

Roundworld Mentions

Annotations

The Ephebian god turning himself into a "golden shower" parodies Zeus turning himself into a "shower of gold" to impregnate Danae. "Golden shower", on the other hand, is slang for urinating on someone for mutual sexual pleasure. This is why the expression "raised interesting questions about everyday night life in sophisticated Ephebe" in Teppic's mind.

"THIS? IT'S A SCYTHE." - Death reaps King Teppicymon's soul with a scythe, even though he normally uses a sword for kings.

Corgi pb p116: note the typo of a very minor character's name: Prince Imtebos becomes Imbetos in the same line. Doesn't matter too much, as the prince never appears again. This error may appear only in the first few print runs of the novel (1989-90) as good authority advises me it's been corrected in later editions.

A real devious link between Mort and Pyramids that never made the APF:

Mort, Corgi pb P247: "[the elephant] sniffed the distant dark continent of Klatch on the night breeze and, tail raised, followed the ancient call of home."

Pyramids, Corgi pb P147: "But the stables now held ... an elderly elephant whose presence was a bit of a mystery"

Actually confirmed by Terry

Gallery

First Edition Cover by Josh Kirby
Book Proof
'Letterbox' Hardback
New American Library, Cover by Daniel K. Sweet
Paperback 2004
Audio Cassette
Audio CD
Paperback ROC Publishing
US Cover 2000, 2013
Paperback 2012
Unseen Library Edition
Collectors Library Edition

External Links

Pyramids Annotations - The Annotated Pratchett File


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