The Mysteries of Abu Simbel: Ramesses II and the Temples of the Rising Sun

The Mysteries of Abu Simbel: Ramesses II and the Temples of the Rising Sun


By (author) Zahi A. Hawass, Foreword by Farouk Hosni

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  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 224mm x 10mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Cairo
  • ISBN 10: 9774246233
  • ISBN 13: 9789774246234
  • Illustrations note: 78 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 797,308

Product description

The temples of Abu Simbel have fascinated travellers since they became known to the Western world in the 19th century. Since the 1960s when the rising waters created by the Aswan High Dam threatened to engulf the site, visitors' imaginations have been captivated by the elaborate international rescue operation. This text features: a brief, clear history of the ancient kingdom of Nubia and its relationship with Egypt; description and explanation of the High Dam project; extensive details of the salvage operation of the temples at Abu Simbel; a biography of Ramesses II; and descriptions of the artistic highlights in the temples.

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Author information

Zahi Hawass is director-general of the Giza Pyramids and Saqqara. He is the author of The Secrets of the Sphinx (AUC Press, 1998), Silent Images: Women in Pharaonic Egypt (AUC Press, 1999), and Valley of the Golden Mummies (AUC Press, 2000).