Christian Jacq (born 1947) is a French author and egyptologist. He has written several novels about ancient Egypt, notably a five book suite about pharaoh Ramses II, a character whom Jacq admires greatly.
Born in Paris, Jacq's interest in egyptology began when he was thirteen, and read History of Ancient Egyptian Civilization by Jacques Pirenne. This inspired him to write his first novel. By the time he was 18, he had written 8 books.
Jacq has a doctorate in Egyptian Studies from the Sorbonne.
His first commercially successful book was Champollion the Egyptian, published in 1987.
He and his wife have also founded the Ramses Institute, which is dedicated to creating a photographic description of Egypt for the preservation of endangered archaeological sites.
In 1995, he published his best selling five book suit about Ramses II, which is today published in over twenty five countries.
As of 2004, he has written over fifty books, including several non-fiction books on the subject of egyptology.