The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

by Richard H. Wilkinson
     
 

The temples of ancient Egypt include the largest and perhaps most splendidreligious monuments the world has ever known. This book traces their development from earliest times through their period of glory and ultimate decline to their rediscovery and study in modern times. All of Egypt's surviving temples--from the gargantuan temple of Amun at Karnak to minuscule… See more details below

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The temples of ancient Egypt include the largest and perhaps most splendidreligious monuments the world has ever known. This book traces their development from earliest times through their period of glory and ultimate decline to their rediscovery and study in modern times. All of Egypt's surviving temples--from the gargantuan temple of Amun at Karnak to minuscule shrines such as the oasis Oracle of Siwa, where Alexander went to hear himself proclaimed god--are discussed and illustrated with factfiles, photographs, plans, and specially commissioned perspective views.

* "Houses of Eternity" considers the historical origin and development of Egyptian temples, describing their role in ancient Egyptian society, their later Christian and Muslim use, and their modern rediscovery.

* "Buildings Fit for Gods" looks at how the temples were built, decorated, expanded--and sometimes destroyed.

* "Worlds Within Worlds" examines each part of the sacred structures in detail--from the massive pylon towers, colossal statues, and obelisks that fronted many temples to the darkened sanctuaries and mysterious crypts of their inner depths.

* "Between Heaven and Earth" discusses the temple's relationship to the pantheon of Egypt's gods, along with the roles and rituals of pharaohs and priests, and the sacred rites and festivals enacted there.

* "Temples of Gods and Kings" is the most extensive catalogue of Egyptian temples yet published in one volume and serves as a guide to the ancient sites.

The book's format follows the highly successful, visual style of the other volumes in Thames & Hudson's best-selling "Complete" series, creating both anauthoritative reference book and an entertaining guide for everyone fascinated by the eternal mysteries of ancient Egypt.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500051009
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,425,515
Product dimensions:
7.97(w) x 10.33(h) x 1.06(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Temple, Land and Cosmos6
Map10
Chronology of the Temple Builders12
IHouses of Eternity: Development, Glory and Decline
Temple Origins16
Old and Middle Kingdom Development20
New Kingdom Temples24
A Glorious Decline26
Early Travellers and Modern Rediscovery30
IIBuildings Fit for Gods: Construction, Growth and Change
Selecting the Sacred Space36
Rituals of Foundation38
Building the 'God's House'40
Decorating the Temple44
Growth, Enhancement and Change48
IIIWorlds Within Worlds: The Parts of the Temple and their Meaning
The Temple Entrance54
The Outer Courts62
The Inner Halls and Sanctuaries65
Other Temple Structures72
Temple Symbolism76
IVBetween Heaven and Earth The Religious Functions of the Temple:
The Egyptian Gods and their Gults82
The Role of the King86
Priests and Temple Personnel90
Temple Feasts and Festivals95
VTemples of Gods and Kings: A Journey up the Nile
From the Mediterranean to Memphis102
From Memphis to Asyut114
From Asyut to Thebes142
Karnak and Luxor154
Western Thebes172
From Thebes to Aswan200
From Aswan to Gebel Barkal216
Oases and Outposts234
Epilogue: Exploration and Conservation Today240
Visiting the Temples244
Further Reading246
Illustration Credits251
Acknowledgments251
Index252

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