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Here, for everyone intrigued by the ancient land of the pyramids, is a comprehensive record of civilization along the Nile and an in-depth account of Egyptian archaeology from its beginnings. With the decipherment of hieroglyphics in the early nineteenth century, many of the secrets of the pharaohs and their culture were revealed for the first time to the modern world. Adventurers and fortune hunters as well as scholars flocked to Egypt, thus initiating the plunder of priceless relics that had lain virtually ...
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Here, for everyone intrigued by the ancient land of the pyramids, is a comprehensive record of civilization along the Nile and an in-depth account of Egyptian archaeology from its beginnings. With the decipherment of hieroglyphics in the early nineteenth century, many of the secrets of the pharaohs and their culture were revealed for the first time to the modern world. Adventurers and fortune hunters as well as scholars flocked to Egypt, thus initiating the plunder of priceless relics that had lain virtually untouched for thousands of years. The destruction of much that would have yielded valuable clues about ancient Egypt alerted concerned individuals, and gradually the new field of Egyptology was born. Christine Hobson takes the reader on a tour of the pharaohs' world, surveying the work of the pioneer archaeologists, from Flinders Petrie at Amarna and Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings to Geoffrey Martin at Saqqara, where his remarkable new excavations have revealed the tomb of Tutankhamun's treasurer, Maya. Specially designed features give at-a-glance information on every aspect of the Egyptian achievement, from temples, tombs, and pyramids to mummies and hieroglyphs. In addition, the author examines the mysteries of Egyptian religion, explains clearly and entertainingly the complexities of Egyptian kingship, and brings to life the daily routine of the common worker. The main part of this invaluable book is backed up by a gazetteer of sites to visit, as well as a king-list and a comparative chronology of ancient civilizations. A work of reference and a sourcebook of ideas and information, this is above all a book to enjoy for its highly readable text and marvelous illustrations.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780500275603
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 8/1/1990
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Chronology 8
Time Line 10
Introduction 12
I Discovering the Past
The First Archaeologists 22
Early Explorers and Travellers 24
The Patagonian Samson 28
Napoleon's Nile Campaign 30
Auguste Mariette 32
The Orientalists 34
John Gardner Wilkinson 36
Karl Lepsius 38
A Thousand Miles up the Nile 39
Father of Pots 40
Recording the Past 43
II Egyptian Origins
From Hunter to Farmer 48
Dawn of the two Lands 52
The First Kings 56
The Mystery of Saqqara 58
III Pyramids: Houses for Eternity
The Traditional Pyramid Complex 62
The Step Pyramid 64
The Lost Pyramid 68
Meidum 70
The Pyramids of Giza 72
Boat of the Sun 76
A Queen's Treasure 78
The Pyramids of Abusir 80
The End of the Old Kingdom 82
Treasure of the Princesses 86
Dahshur: The Last Pyramids 88
IV The Shifting Sands
The Rock Tombs of Beni Hasan 92
Valley of the Kings: Belzoni's Exploits 94
Valley of the Kings: Royal Mummies 96
Valley of the Kings: the Tombs 100
Tombs of the Nobles 104
The Enigma of Akhenaten 106
The Discovery of Tutankhamun 110
New Kingdom Finds: Horemheb and Maya 114
The Workers of Pharaoh 116
Deir el Medina: The Painted Tombs 118
Resting Place of the Apis Bulls 120
The Last Great Kings 122
After the Pharaohs 124
V Temples: Mansions of the Gods
Temple Structure and Ritual 128
Gods of Ancient Egypt 132
Cult Temples 136
Houses for Immortality 142
VI Egypt's Legacy
Paintings for Eternity 148
Relief and Sculpture 150
To Live Forever 152
Hieroglyphs: The Story of Decipherment 156
How to Read Hieroglyphs 158
Role of the Scribe 162
Calendars and Calculations 164
Everyday Life 166
Spells for the Afterlife 168
The Book of the Dead 170
Nubian Rescue 172
Suggested Reading 178
Gazetteer 180
Glossary 186
Index 188
Acknowledgments 192
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    World of the Pharaohs, an exciting and detailed look at ancient Egypt

    Hello! I am a 13 year old kid who loves everything about ancient Egypt! I want to be an Egyptologist when I grow up. But now I want to tell you about this book. This is an amazing book. It tells detailed infromation about many of the famous landmarks of Egypt. It also gives short biographies of the pharaohs of Egypt. This book also holds a wealth of information. It holds maps and cutaway drawings of temples. This book even gives travel infromation and a list of hotels that you could stay at acording to where you are going in Egypt. I think this was a great book!

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