The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

by Richard H. Wilkinson
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Thames & Hudson
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The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

The temples of ancient Egypt include the largest and perhaps most impressive religious monuments the world has ever known. Mansions of the gods, models of Egypt and of the universe, focal points of worship, great treasure houses and islands of order in a cosmic sea of chaos -- the temples were all these things and more. This book traces their development from the earliest times, looking at every aspect of their construction, decoration, symbolism and function. 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.

"Houses of Eternity" considers the historical origin and evolution of Egyptian temples, their growth and decline, and their modern rediscovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500051009
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,053,338
Product dimensions: 7.97(w) x 10.33(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Temple, Land and Cosmos6
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

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