Sphynx and the Pyramids

Sphynx and the Pyramids

By (author) Corinna Rossi

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Presenting up-to-date research and all-new photographs and plans, this authoritative volume provides a fascinating study of the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza, as well as lesser-known pyramids and tombs from Saqqara to Meidum and Dashur. Superb photography gives students and armchair archaeologists an unprecedented opportunity to see, close-up, the remarkable design of grave goods such as jewelry and furniture, details of painted and carved reliefs, the awe-inspiring architecture of the pyramids, and the always fascinating statuary. A chronology at the beginning of the book outlines the different periods, from the Early Dynastic period (circa 3000-2650 BC) through the Greco-Roman period (332 BC-642 AD). A detailed map notes the significant archaeological sites. Organized chronologically, the book begins with a study of the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, masterpiece of the architect Imhotep who, in a groundbreaking practice, used stone for the construction of an entire tomb, rather than mud brick—a building technique that was to have a major impact on the architecture of ancient Egypt. Throughout the book, photographs and text highlight the artistry and skill that made these pyramids and temples such precious world treasures.

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 246 x 332 x 28mm | 2,118.3g
  • 07 Feb 2006
  • White Star
  • Vercelli
  • English
  • 362 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
  • 8854401013
  • 9788854401013
  • 2,132,986

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Corinna Rossi completed a Ph.D. in Egyptology from Cambridge University and works with the Collegio di Milano. Her articles on ancient architecture have been widely published internationally. She is the author of Flying High Egypt.

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