Pharaohs Master-Builders

Pharaohs Master-Builders

by Henri Stierlin


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For three millennia, the Valley of the Nile, from the Delta to Nubia, was an immense construction site under the direction of the pharaohs master-builders.

The pyramids at Giza, the temples of Luxor, Karnak, and Philae, the tombs of the Valley of Kings-all these colossal edifices are endowed with a mysterious, religious quality that has survived through the ages.

In this intriguing text, illustrated with over magnificent photographs, the extraordinary legacy of the ancient Egyptian Kings is chartered, the author draws on historical fact to reveal the spiritual aspects of a unique architecture and buiding technique.

Through descriptions of the buildings, frescos, statues, reliefs, hieroglyphs, and paintings we discover how a civilization and its kings developped a faith and cult whose predominance was omnipresent, and how and why Egyptian art continued to flourish over a period of 3000 years and produce some of the greatest masterpieces of humanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782879393285
Publisher: Terrail, Pierre Editions
Publication date: 03/15/2008
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     8
From Midbrick to Quarried Stone: The Monument of King Djoser at Saqqara     16
The Age of the Great Pyramids     36
Collapse, Revolution and, Renaissance During the Middle Kingdom     60
Ascendancy of Upper Egypt: The Bloom of New-Kingdom     84
The Tomb: A Glorification of Life     114
Duel Between Amun and the Aten, Between Thebes and Amarna     142
The Glory of the Ramessides: A Frenzy of Construction     162
Funerary Temples of Thebes and Ramesside Palaces     190
Renaissance of Architecture in Ptolemaic Egypt     210
Philae and the Late Temple: The Last Surge of Egyptian Art     232
Conclusion     244
Chronology     246
Glossary     248
Plans, 1/2500 Scale     252

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