Treasures of the Pharaohs

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Combining extremely accessible textrichly informed by the latest findings in Egyptologywith magnificent color photographs, Treasures of the Pharaohs presents the wealth and majesty of ancient Egypt, from the temples of Karnak and Luxor to the riches of King Tutankhamen and Nefertiti. This lustrous bookits pages are decorated with metallic inksshowcases a fantastic array of gold jewelry inlaid with lapis and carnelian, sparkling gilded thrones, and deeply hued murals depicting legends of the afterlife. The ...

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Overview

Combining extremely accessible textrichly informed by the latest findings in Egyptologywith magnificent color photographs, Treasures of the Pharaohs presents the wealth and majesty of ancient Egypt, from the temples of Karnak and Luxor to the riches of King Tutankhamen and Nefertiti. This lustrous bookits pages are decorated with metallic inksshowcases a fantastic array of gold jewelry inlaid with lapis and carnelian, sparkling gilded thrones, and deeply hued murals depicting legends of the afterlife. The inviting text examines the reign of each pharaoh, from the New Kingdom to the Roman empire, and the monuments he built. Cutting-edge scholarship helps provide the cultural and historical context for these relics, while special sections explain the methods and history of the practice of Egyptology. In singularly compelling words and pictures, the glories of ancient Egypt, its people, and their beliefs come to life in Treasures of the Pharaohs.

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As Egyptologist Joann Fletcher explains in the foreword, this glossy, folio-sized book is actually about the ancient city of Thebes, now known as Luxor. Drawing on recent findings, Pemberton (Egyptology, British Museum & Univ. of London) surveys the pharaohs who ruled from there (e.g., Tutankhamun and the female pharaoh Hatshepsut) in chronological chapters. Accompanying the text are 200 color photographs (many full-plate) of objects associated with the pharaohs, their families, and the ruins of their outlying tombs and temples (e.g., the Valley of the Kings and Karnak). Readers can pore over distance views of the overall settings as well as closeup details of freestanding sculptures, relief sculpture, wall paintings, papyrus scrolls, and luxury funerary objects. Unfortunately, the book's lack of citations limits its use for academic libraries, but the inexpensive price and the continuing interest in ancient Egypt recommend it for public libraries. Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780811844246
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/12/2004
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Delia Pemberton lectures on Egyptology at the British Museum and the University of London. She has lived in Egypt and is the author of numerous books and articles on the subject.

Joann Fletcher, PhD., is an Egyptologist who specializes in the study of human remains. She is renowned around the world for identifying Nefertiti's tomb, featured in a Discovery Channel special. She lives in the UK.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Introduction: Hundred-Gated Thebes 8
Chapter 1 Origins: The Paleolithic Period to the 17th Dynasty (c.100,000-c.1550bce) 14
The Womb of the Goddess: The Paleolithic Period to the Early Dynastic Period 16
She Who Loves Silence: The 3rd to 10th Dynasties 18
The City of the Scepter: The 11th Dynasty 20
Amun the Mighty: The 12th Dynasty 28
Rivals for the Kingdom: The 13th to 17th Dynasties 36
Special Feature: Exploration and Discovery 38
Chapter 2 Most Favored of Places The 18th Dynasty (c.1550-c.1295bce) 44
Unity Restored: Ahmose I and Amenhotep I 46
A Valley for the Kings: Thutmose I and Thutmose II 48
Daughter of Amun: Hatshepsut 50
Years of Conquest: Thutmose III 56
Special Feature: Karnak and the Cult of Amun 62
The Hero King: Amenhotep II 68
Securing the Peace: Thutmose IV 74
Monuments to the Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III 78
A Time of Heresy: Amenhotep IV/Akhenaten 94
Treasures of the Boy King: Tutankhamun 98
Amun Restored: Ay 120
The General Takes Charge: Horemheb 122
Chapter 3 Rulers in Southern Heliopolis: The 19th and 20th Dynasties (c.1295-c.1069bce) 132
Stability and Renewal: Ramesses I 134
Honoring the Ancestors: Sety I 136
Ramesses the Great: Ramesses II 144
Special Feature: Servants in the Place of Truth 156
Thebes in Troubled Times: Merneptah 164
Struggles for Power: Amenmesse and Sety II 168
A Decade of Transition: Siptah, Tawosret, Sethnakht 170
United with Eternity: Ramesses III 174
Decline of a Royal City: Ramesses IV to Ramesses XI 186
Epilogue: After the New Kingdom (c.1069bce-c.641ce) 194
Disunity and Foreign Rule: 3rd Intermediate Period 196
The Last Egyptian Pharaohs: The Late Period 202
Greeks and Romans: Ptolemaic to Byzantine Periods 208
Glossary 216
Bibliography 217
Index 218
Acknowledgments and Picture Credits 224
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