For centuries, the Pyramids and Great Sphinx have been the visible reminders of the power and enduring legacy of ancient Egypt. Mysterious and irresistible to the eye, these monumental structures—over eighty of which remain, scattered along the west bank of the Nile—evoke the religious system and beliefs of one of the most highly refined and evolved of ancient civilizations. Even today, we don’t entirely understand how they were constructed and what techniques were used, but the most recent research and excavations have thrown new light on life at the building sites and on the daily existence of generations of designers and craftsmen who dedicated their lives to these immense constructions. Replete with full-color photographs and drawings, this beautifully illustrated book serves as a wonderful introduction to these royal monuments. This straightforward text explains the history and significance not only of the famous Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza—the emblems and legacy of the powerful Fourth Dynasty—but also of the lesser-known tombs that stretch from Saqqara to Meidum and Dahshur. The Pyramids and the Sphinx draws on the most recent archaeological findings to lead the reader on a discovery of the most fascinating aspects of Egyptian civilization. Here, too, are the pharaohs who ordered the pyramids’ construction, the treasures found in the most famous tombs, and the men who revealed their secrets. Combining majestic aerial shots with close-up photographs of interior artwork and statuary, this guide offers a close look at some of the most impressive monuments in human history. Also available in French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish.
The Pyramids and the Sphinx
Art and Archaeology
224 color illus.
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Art and Archaeology
Giorgio Agnese Maurizio Re
Art and ArchaeologyGiorgio Agnese
Ancient Egypt: Art and Archaeology covers the breadth and length of the treasures of ancient Egypt without overstretching your budget. Fully illustrated with excellent color photographs and historic prints, this book covers it all: a historical introduction and chronological listing of the pharaohs, the gods of ancient Egypt, the cult of the dead, hieroglyphic writing, travelers and explorers, the birth of modern archaeology, Alexandria, Tanis, the Giza plateau, the Egyptian Museum, Memphis, Saqqara, Dahshur, the oases of the Western Desert, Tell al-Amarna, Abydos, Dendera, Luxor, the temples of Western Thebes, the Theban necropolis, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Philae, Abu Simbel and the Nubian temples, Serabit al-Khadem, and even a short section on the Monastery of St. Catherine. With captivating, concise text and hundreds of full-color illustrations, Ancient Egypt is the perfect gift or memento from a visit to Egypt....read more
423 color illus.
Abu Simbel, Aswan, and the Nubian Temples
Art and Archaeology
Text by Marco Zecchi
Art and ArchaeologyText by Marco Zecchi
In ancient times, Egypt’s influence extended over Nubia, a vast geographical area that starts south of Aswan and ends at the confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile. Because of its strategic importance, the area of Nubia around Lake Nasser and Aswan is full of archaeological treasures and impressive monuments. This fully illustrated book gives a concise history of the exploration of Nubia and the sites and temples of Lower Nubia, as well as explaining in depth the archaeological rescue mission that captured the world’s imagination in the 1960s: the salvage of Abu Simbel and the Nubian temples. Detailed descriptions, plans, maps, and photographs are given of all the sites involved, including the temples that were dismantled and rebuilt in new locations above the rising waters, as well as those that were donated in thanks to nations assisting in the rescue. The most up-to-date scientific research, color photographs, and maps allow the reader to make a virtual visit to the archaeological sites and absorb the history of Nubia in all its complexity....read more
192 color, 21 b/w illus., 12 maps and plans
Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan
An AUC Press Guide
An AUC Press GuideMichael Haag
Discover three sides of ancient, modern, exciting Egypt: exuberant Cairo, with its Arabian Nights bazaars, Islamic monuments, shining skyscrapers and awesome pyramids; Luxor’s astonishing wealth of age-old temples and magnificent tombs; dreamy, relaxed, timeless Aswan, gateway to Abu Simbel and other monuments of Nubia rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. With comprehensive listings and an entertaining narrative, this guide introduces three outstanding cities to the independent tourist. Egypt is a land of spectacle, a country vast in time, but, far from being a daunting experience for the traveler, its story is there for anyone to comprehend and enjoy. That is the purpose of this book, a guide and narrative spanning five thousand years, in which the exuberance of Cairo, the splendor of Luxor and the beauty of Aswan form the principal chapters....read more
30 illus, 35 maps and plans
A Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Egypt
Sherif Bahaa El Din
Reptiles and amphibians are among Egypt’s most successful wildlife, found in almost every habitat in the country, from homes to fields and the desert itself. For the first time, A Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Egypt provides concise, reliable, and up-to-date information on all of Egypt’s principal species, with detailed material on their taxonomy, identification, natural history, and ecology. Based on fifteen years of fieldwork, this guide is a valuable tool for experts and amateurs alike in the identification, study, and conservation of these fascinating animals. With an easy-to-use key, high-quality maps, and over 100 color illustrations, this field guide covers 110 species—including tortoises and turtles, lizards, snakes, and crocodiles—found in Egypt. Each entry contains concise information about the species, including English, Latin, and Arabic names; world and Egypt distribution; distinguishing features; habitat and ecology; behavior; and conservation status. Included too are line drawings to illustrate key identification features and differences between species. With a comprehensive bibliography for further research, the guide supplies the accuracy and scientific rigor that scientists look for, while providing an accessible approach for generalists and amateurs. For biologists, nature lovers, and anyone interested in Egypt’s rich natural heritage, A Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Egypt is an ideal reference tool....read more
1 June 2006
100 color illus.