The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture

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The definitive reference on the diverse monuments built by the ancient Egyptians across three millennia, this generously illustrated volume surveys the ancient world's most remarkable architecture.

Dieter Arnold--a leading expert on Egyptian building and design--includes more than 300 illustrations and 600 alphabetically arranged entries spanning every type of building and every aspect of construction and design. He provides separate entries for each of the major Egyptian sites,...

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Overview

The definitive reference on the diverse monuments built by the ancient Egyptians across three millennia, this generously illustrated volume surveys the ancient world's most remarkable architecture.

Dieter Arnold--a leading expert on Egyptian building and design--includes more than 300 illustrations and 600 alphabetically arranged entries spanning every type of building and every aspect of construction and design. He provides separate entries for each of the major Egyptian sites, from Abu Simbel in the south to Cleopatra's palaces in Alexandria. These document ordinary towns and houses as well as monuments as varied as the Step Pyramid of Djoser (the world's first significant stone building), the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut's mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahari, and the great temples that line the Upper Nile. Other entries cover materials (from reed and mud-brick to sandstone and granite) and construction techniques (including pyramid building and the erection of obelisks). The accessible text also addresses the symbolic meanings of various types of building, the importance of building orientation, and myriad architectural features, such as columns and false doors.

Destined to be the standard reference for years to come, this comprehensive encyclopedia offers a welcome overview of the magnificent structures that continue to lure pilgrims and tourists, impress architects, and inspire awe. It will be enjoyed by serious devotees of architecture and archaeology as well as by armchair travelers and all who have wondered how the great pyramids were built.

"The ancient Egyptians' massive stone monuments, ranging from Abu Simbel in the south of Cleopatra's palaces in Alexandria, were built over a period of three millennia, and yet a common architectural tradition links them all." "The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture documents that tradition and provides a single-volume reference on one of the most remarkable architectures of the ancient world. Separate entries are provided for each of the most important sites, covering monuments such as the Step Pyramid of Djoser (the world's first significant stone building), the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut's mortuary temple at Deir el-Bhari, and the great Ptolemaic temples that line the Upper Nile. Every aspect of building design and construction is also considered in separate entries, covering technical aspects such as building materials (from reed and mud brick to sandstone and granite) and construction techniques (including pyramid building and the erection of obelisks)." "With more than 600 entries and 300 illustrations, this encyclopedia provides a comprehensive perspective on ancient Egyptian architecture and is destined to become the standard reference on the subject for many years to come."--Book jacket.

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Editorial Reviews

Egyptian Archaeology - Aidan Dodson
A most useful volume. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing this work before the English-reading public.
Minerva - Peter A. Clayton
Numerous dictionaries of architecture are available, but there is no question that Dr. Arnold's is the premier in its field. . . . A splendidly produced and illustrated edition in English . . . [Arnold] distills that practical knowledge of a lifetime into an easily accessible and immensely well illustrated book.
American Reference Books Annual - Susan Tower Hollis
An extremely valuable resource for anyone interested in Egyptology or the study of ancient architecture.
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"One of the foremost authorities in the field, Arnold uses a very broad definition of architecture in this critical new source. . . . [T]his work is currently the only English-language encyclopedia of Egyptian architecture. Egyptophiles will keep it handy at their desks."--Library Journal

"An excellent reference source for both individuals and librarians."--Choice

"A most useful volume. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing this work before the English-reading public."--Aidan Dodson, Egyptian Archaeology

"Numerous dictionaries of architecture are available, but there is no question that Dr. Arnold's is the premier in its field. . . . A splendidly produced and illustrated edition in English . . . [Arnold] distills that practical knowledge of a lifetime into an easily accessible and immensely well illustrated book."--Peter A. Clayton, Minerva

"An extremely valuable resource for anyone interested in Egyptology or the study of ancient architecture."--Susan Tower Hollis, American Reference Books Annual

Choice
An excellent reference source for both individuals and librarians.
Egyptian Archaeology
A most useful volume. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing this work before the English-reading public.
— Aidan Dodson
Minerva
Numerous dictionaries of architecture are available, but there is no question that Dr. Arnold's is the premier in its field. . . . A splendidly produced and illustrated edition in English . . . [Arnold] distills that practical knowledge of a lifetime into an easily accessible and immensely well illustrated book.
— Peter A. Clayton
American Reference Books Annual
An extremely valuable resource for anyone interested in Egyptology or the study of ancient architecture.
— Susan Tower Hollis
Library Journal
Hypostyle hall, rock tomb, Serapeum, and window of appearances are all terms frequently used in describing ancient Egyptian architecture. An understanding of what they (and myriad other terms) mean is critical for anyone studying the art and culture of ancient Egypt-after all, much of what is left to study is in the form of, inside of, or on the walls of buildings. One of the foremost authorities in the field, Arnold (Temples of the Last Pharaohs; Building in Egypt: Pharaonic Stone Masonry) uses a very broad definition of architecture in this critical new source, covering city planning and construction materials and methods in addition to specific building types, both public and private. Ranging from two sentences to four pages long, the 600 entries each include a bibliography to facilitate further study. Cross references appear in bold throughout the text, and the illustrations include 300 halftones and loads of very good diagrams and drawings to help clarify terms and descriptions. First published in German in 1994, this work is currently the only English-language encyclopedia of Egyptian architecture. Egyptophiles will keep it handy at their desks, and its very reasonable price makes it an essential addition to all large public and academic libraries.-Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-Translated and updated from the original 1994 German edition, Encyclopedia provides 600-plus concise alphabetical entries on the archaeology of ancient Egypt, from simple houses, monuments, palaces, temples, tombs, and towns to design styles and materials and methods of construction. Numerous black-and-white photographs and crisp diagrams, plans, sections, and perspectives add considerable insight and visual interest to an overall staid presentation. Cross-referencing is accomplished by means of bold type. The volume includes bare-bones maps, a spare glossary and chronology, and a bibliography of mostly foreign-language sources. The individual articles are like unassembled puzzle pieces, rich in detail but lacking a contextual framework. Students will need considerable background in the subject to make the most of this scholarly resource.-Mary Ann Carcich, Hampton Bays Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691114880
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Editor's Note vii
Entries, A-Z 1
Maps 262
Glossary 264
Chronological Table 265
Select Bibliography 271
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"This first English edition of Dieter Arnold's Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture is very much to be welcomed. One of the great advantages of Arnold's work is that it is written by a single specialist, well-acquainted with the monuments, experienced in field-work, and a very good communicator. The greatest value lies in the extended entries on particular types of building, on specifically Egyptian stylistic characteristics, and on the employment in ancient Egypt of certain materials and technical methods. The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture will indeed fill a very obvious gap in the range of Egyptological reference works."—T.G.H. James, Formerly Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities, The British Museum

"Unquestionably, Arnold's Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture is a most significant addition to the field of Egyptology and to the study of ancient architecture in general, while also serving student and lay needs for a comprehensive reference work. Its significance lies largely in the amount of information provided on an extraordinarily wide range of topics; it moves from temples, tombs, and other monumental structures to the arenas of the living, such as palaces, houses, and towns. This refreshingly catholic interpretation of architecture is especially valuable in a reference work that treats all of its topics with seriousness and care. Arnold's judgement, vast experience, and sensitivity to the data and the relevant Egyptian cultural context are also at work throughout the Encyclopedia. These contribute in an unobtrusive but powerful way to the great value of the book."—David O'Connor, Lila Acheson Wallace Professorin Ancient Egyptian Art, Institute of Fine arts, New York University, and Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

"Providing students and the larger public with an accessible, up-to-date, and comprehensive reference work on ancient Egyptian architecture, this book is unquestionably a significant addition to the fields of Egyptology and ancient architecture. Dieter Arnold's judgment, vast experience, and sensitivity to the data and the relevant Egyptian cultural context are at work throughout the Encyclopedia. With no significant competitor in English, this book stands alone."—David O'Connor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York

"It seems possible that the Egyptologist Dieter Arnold knows more about ancient Egyptian architecture than the Egyptians did themselves, and Ancient Egyptian Architecture adopts an encyclopedic format to present his knowledge of building techniques, architectural styles, and individual sites and monuments. . . . [It] is clearly and engagingly written, and supported by 350 well-chosen plans, drawings, and photographs."—Christina Riggs, Times Higher Education Supplement

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