The Pyramids

The Archaeology and History of Egypt's Iconic Monuments New and updated edition

Miroslav Verner
Foreword by Zahi Hawass

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 struct

English edition
1 November 2020
472 pp.
178 b&w and 118 color, all integrated
19X24cm
ISBN 9789774169885
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$79.95

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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 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.

Miroslav Verner

Miroslav Verner, who directed the Czech Institute of Egyptology for seventeen years, is professor at Charles University in Prague. He also serves as a guest professor at the universities of Vienna and Hamburg and since 1976 has led the excavations by Czech archaeologists in Abusir.

Zahi Hawass

Dr. Zahi Hawass is the former secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and the author of many books on ancient Egypt.
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