Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the KingsHardback
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- Publisher: National Geographic Books
- Format: Hardback | 64 pages
- Dimensions: 234mm x 279mm x 10mm | 567g
- Publication date: 5 April 2001
- Publication City/Country: Washington
- ISBN 10: 0792272234
- ISBN 13: 9780792272236
- Illustrations note: col
A fascinating look at the famed Valley of the Kings, where over 50 of the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt's New Kingdom were buried, including King Tutankhamun (with all his splendid treasures), Ramses II, Akhenaten, and more.
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Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger are a husband-and-wife writing team who, between them, have written more than 200 books for National Geographic, Mummies of the Pharaohs: Exploring the Valley of the Kings, was named a Notable Social Studies Trade Book. The Berger's split their time between their homes in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island.
An introduction to ancient Egypt and the Pharaohs buried in the Valley of the Kings. The authors begin with how archaeologist Howard Carter found the tomb of King Tut, then move back 3,000 years to the time of Thutmosis I, who built the first tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Finally they describe the building of the tomb of a later Pharaoh, Ramses II. The backward-forward narration is not always easy to follow, and the authors attribute emotions to the Pharaohs without citation. For example, "Thutmosis III was furious [with Hatshepsut]. He was especially annoyed that she planned to be buried in KV 20, the tomb of her father." Since both these people lived 3,500 years ago, speculation on who was furious or annoyed should be used with extreme caution. And the tangled intrigue of Egyptian royalty is not easily sorted out in so brief a work. Throughout, though, there are spectacular photographs of ancient Egyptian artifacts, monuments, tomb paintings, jewels, and death masks that will appeal to young viewers. The photographs of the exposed mummies of Ramses II, King Tut, and Seti I are compelling. More useful for the hauntingly beautiful photos than the text. (brief bibliography, index) "(Nonfiction. 10-12)". (Kirkus Reviews)
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TO SPEAK THE NAMES OF THE DEAD IS TO MAKE THEM LIVE AGAIN.Ancient Egyptian Belief
IN THE MIDDLE OF EGYPT, near the ancient city of Thebes, is a mysterious valley. The sun beats down on it, a pyramid-shaped mountain guards it, and ancient kings are buried in it. It is the Valley of the Kings, the sacred burial ground of Egypt's New Kingdom pharaohs, who ruled during Egypt's last great period of power and glory 3,000 years ago.UNCOVER TUTANKHAMUN, who died under mysterious circumstances when he was only 18 and whose treasure-filled tomb lay hidden for over 3,000 years.MEET HATSHEPSUT, the only woman pharaoh in Egypt's history. Her stepson was so angry with her for ruling Egypt when he should have been pharaoh that he moved his grandfather's mummy to a new tomb just to get it away from hers.ENCOUNTER RAMSES II, who was known for conquests in battle, his amazing building projects, his great age -- and his 52 sons and uncounted daughters.JOIN EGYPTOLOGISTS, tomb builders, and the ancient kings themselves in a journey to the barren, rocky valley known as the Valley of the Kings for a fascinating investigation of the Mummies of the Pharaohs.