The Pyramids (New and Revised)
The Archaeology and History of Egypt's Iconic Monuments
An authoritative account by preeminent Egyptologist Miroslav Verner covering over 70 of Egypt’s and Sudan’s pyramids, their historical and political significance, updated in a magnificent new edition
A pyramid, as the posthumous residence of a king and the place of his eternal cult, was just a single, if dominant, part of a larger complex of structures with specific religious, economic, and administrative functions. The first royal pyramid in Egypt was built at the beginning of the Third Dynasty (ca. 2592–2544 BC) by Horus Netjerykhet, later called Djoser, while the last pyramid was the work of Ahmose I, the first king of the Eighteenth Dynasty (ca. 1539–1292 BC).
Nearly two decades have passed since distinguished Egyptologist Miroslav Verner’s seminal The Pyramids was first published. In that time, fresh explorations and new sophisticated technologies have contributed to ever more detailed and compelling discussions around Egypt’s enigmatic and most celebrated of ancient monuments. In this newly revised and updated edition, including color photographs for the first time, Verner brings his rich erudition and long years of site experience comes to bear on all the latest discoveries and archaeological and historical aspects of over 70 of Egypt’s and Sudan's pyramids in the broader context of their more than one-thousand-year-long development.
Lucidly written, with 300 illustrations, and filled with gripping insights, this comprehensive study illuminates an era that is both millennia away and vividly immediate.
"This sumptuously illustrated study incorporating the latest archaeological findings is highly recommended for general and informed readers fascinated by the pyramids and ancient Egyptian civilization."—Library Journal
"Editor's Choice . . . this comprehensive volume details everything you ever wanted to know about pyramids."—Rosemary Herbert, The Boston Herald
"[A] seminal text"—Science News
"Engaging, lucid . . . Richly illustrated . . . displays both a deep respect for the research of Egyptologists and a comprehensive knowledge of it."—Kirkus Reviews
"Provides an accessible introduction to the culture of the ancient Egyptians."—Die Welt
"In this book, Verner reveals important research on the rediscovery of the pyramids, . . . their meaning, and their construction. He proves to us that each pyramid has its own method of construction. He gives us a detailed account of each site and all the scholars who worked on these sites. He also provides his own interpretation of all the theories presented by the various scholars, beginning with the pyramid of Djoser and continuing to the last pyramid built by Ahmose in Abydos. . . .If you read this book you will live a great adventure, narrated by Verner, around the glorious pyramids of Egypt. This book is not written only for scholars. The public, students, and all aficionados of ancient Egypt will learn from this great body of work and from this great scholar."—Zahi Hawass, from the foreword