Treasures of the Pharaohs: The Glories of Ancient Egypt

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From the great temples of Karnak and Luxor to the riches of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the ancient Egyptians left the most glorious cultural legacy of any ancient civilization. Their most magnificent and sacred city was Thebes, which for more than a thousand years was famed throughout the known world for its wealth of monuments and treasures, and its shrine, palaces, and royal tombs.

 

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From the great temples of Karnak and Luxor to the riches of Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the ancient Egyptians left the most glorious cultural legacy of any ancient civilization. Their most magnificent and sacred city was Thebes, which for more than a thousand years was famed throughout the known world for its wealth of monuments and treasures, and its shrine, palaces, and royal tombs.

 

Treasures of the Pharaohs presents, in stunning photographs, a vivid picture of these sites, their settings, and their prized possessions. Structured chronologically, the book looks at the rein of each pharaoh in turn and examines his or her contribution to the treasures and monuments of Thebes, including the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and those associated queens, courtiers, and officials.

An authoritative and highly readable commentary sets the achievements of the pharaohs in their historical and artistic context. This book includes fascinating coverage of mysteries such as the identity of the female body reburied in KV35 and the extent of the huge tomb KV% containing the sons of Ramses II.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435127227
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Delia Pemberton is an author and lecturer in Egyptology. She has lectured at the British Museum and Birkbeck College, London, and published a number of popular works on ancient Egypt for both adults and children.

Dr. Joann Fletcher teaches Egyptian Archaeology at the University of York and as part of the university’s Mummy Research Group has examined human remains and around the world. She is also Egyptologist for Harrogate Museums and Arts and, as a consultant to the media, makes regular television appearances, most recently as lead investigator in the History Channel series Mummy Forensics. Her works include: The Search for Nefertiti, Cleopatra the Great, Ancient Egypt: Life, Myth, and Art, Egypt’s Sun King, and The Egyptian Book of Living and Dying, as well as contributions to numerous guide books and the BBC’s History website.

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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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