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Sphynx and the Pyramids

Sphynx and the Pyramids

Hardback Egyptian Treasures S.

By (author) Corinna Rossi

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  • Publisher: White Star
  • Format: Hardback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 246mm x 332mm x 28mm | 2,118g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Vercelli
  • ISBN 10: 8854401013
  • ISBN 13: 9788854401013
  • Illustrations note: 362 COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
  • Sales rank: 1,958,372

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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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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.