Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt : The Cradle of Civilisation

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From the Neolithic cave paintings in Wadi Sura - created long before it was a desert when the region was savannah grassland - to the Valley of the Kings to the rock-cut temples at Abu Simbel, and from the vast temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor to the funerary mask of Tutankhamun and, of course, to the pyramids and the Sphinx, Ancient Egypt is a hugely colourful guide to the surviving wonders of Egyptian antiquity. Today the exceptional beauty and scale of the antiquities is legendary, drawing millions of visitors to Egypt's monuments each year.

Arranged by region, the book takes the reader along the ancient settlements that were established on the banks of the River Nile. Through beautiful photographs and expert captions, the reader gains an understanding of how ancient Egypt developed its trade links and became such a powerful and wealthy force across North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. Alongside the world-famous places, there are also fascinating, lesser-known entries, such as the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the bent pyramid at Dahshur and the Statue of Khaefre.

Featuring monuments and obelisks, hieroglyphics and jewelry, funerary masks, tombs and mausoleums, mummies of cats and statues of falcon-headed gods, Ancient Egypt includes 160 outstanding photographs and captions.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 296 x 219 x 25mm | 1,500g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 180 photos; 180 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1838860932
  • 9781838860936

Table of contents


Old Kingdom
Giza Pyramids
The Great Sphinx
Great Pyramid of Khufu
Queens' Pyramids
Khufu Ship, Giza Pyramid Complex
Sheikh el-Balad, Saqqara Necropolis
Mastaba of Seshemnefer IV, Giza Plateau
Pyramid of Khaefre, Giza Plateau
Menkaure Pyramid, Giza
Triad of Menkaure
Pyramid of Djedefre, Abu Rawash
Pyramid of Neferirkare Kakai, Abusir
Pyramid of Djoser, Saqqara
Mastaba of Rahotep
Tomb of Mereruka, Saqqara
Bent Pyramid, Dahshur
Red Pyramid
Saqqara Necropolis
Pyramid of Unas
Pyramid of Meidum
Cave of the Swimmers, Wadi Sura
Narmer Palette

Middle Kingdom
Mortuary Temple of Mentuhotep II, Deir el- Bahari
Pyramid of Amenemhat III (Black Pyramid), Dahshur
Pectoral of Amenemhat III
Pyramid of Amenemhat I, Lisht
Osiride Pillar of Senusret I
Obelisk of Senusret I, Heliopolis Pyramid of Senusret II
Tomb of Senusret III, Abydos
Pectoral of Princess Mereret, Funerary Complex, Dahshur
Beni Hasan Rock Tombs
Tomb of Khnumhotep II
Egyptian Soldiers, Tomb of Mesehti, Asyut
Stela of Abkau, Abydos
Colossal Statue of Mentuhotep II, Deir el-Bahari
White Chapel of Senusret I, Karnak

New Kingdom
Pharaoh Rameses II, Memphis
Tomb of Horemheb, Saqqara Necropolis
Temple of Seti I, Abydos
Statue of Rameses II, Memphis
Statue of Thutmose III, Karnak
Festival Hall of Thutmose III, Karnak
Temple of Khonsu, Karnak
Chair of Princess Sitamun, Luxor
Colossi of Memnon, Luxor
Red Chapel of Hatshepsut, Karnak
Solar Court, Luxor
Great Hypostyle Hall, Karnak
Luxor Temple
Temple of Merenptah
Victory Stele of Merenptah, Thebes
Tomb of Thutmose III, Theban Necropolis
Hathor Chapel,
Temple of Thutmose III, Deir el-Bahari
Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Deir el-Bahari
Tomb of Ramose, Theban Necropolis
Funerary Mask of Tuya, Theban Necropolis
Tomb of Tutankhamun, Valley of the Kings
Ramesseum, Theban Necropolis
Osirian Statues, Temple of Hatshepsut, Deirel-Bahari
Tomb of Nefertari, Valley of the Queens Medinet Habu
Tomb of Seti I, East Valley of the Kings
Side Chamber, Tomb of Seti I
Great Temple, Abu Simbel
Temple of Nefertari, Abu Simbel

Late Period
City of Tanis, Nile Delta
Tomb of Psusennes I, Tanis
Stature of Osiris, Tomb of Psamtik, Saqqara
Statue of Isis, Tomb of Psamtik, Saqqara
Funerary Mask of Psusennes I, Tanis
Ushabtis, Al-Ghoreifa, Tuna al-Gabal
Sarcophagus of Wennefer, Memphis
Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor
Gate of Nectanebo I, Temple of Amun,
Medinet Habu
Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor
Tomb of Pabasa, Hatshepsut's Temple, Deir el-Bahari
Tomb of Pabasa, Hatshepsut's Temple, Deir el-Bahari
Head of Shabataka
Temple of Hibis, Kharga Oasis
Tomb of Baenentyu, Bahariya Oasis

Greco-Roman Period
Catacombs, Kom el-Shoqafa, Alexandria
Catacombs, Serapeum, Amoud Al Sawari
Kom el-Dikka, Alexandria
Villa of the Birds, Kom el-Dikka
Fort Babylon, Nile Delta
Temple of Athribis
Pompey's Pillar, Alexandria
Temple of Sobek-Re, Dionysias, Faiyum
Catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa, Alexandria
Roman Temple, Qasr Qarun, Faiyum
Wine Cistern, Roman Farm, El Heiz Oasis
Roman Fort, Daydamus, Eastern Desert
Temple of Hathor, Dendera
Ceiling, Great Hypostyle Hall, Dendera
Dendera Light, Temple of Hathor
Temple of Khnum, Esna
Temple of Edfu
Temple of Kom Ombo, Aswan
Temple of Philae, Aswan
Temple of Mandulis
Temple of Kalabsha
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About Peter Mavrikis

Peter Mavrikis has written and edited books for over 25 years. He enjoys writing about history, science, and nature. He was also the Editorial Director for Barron's Educational Series and Kaplan, where he ran the foreign language and study guide divisions.
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