This work attempts to recreate the visual experience of an actual journey along the Nile. In nearly 300 large-format pages, printed in full colour throughout, some of the finest photographs ever taken of Egypt's monuments and fabulous treasures have been brought together for the first time. Here are the pyramids of Giza and Saqqara and the temples and tombs of Thebes. Here too are the less well known sites and cities of the Delta, the Faiyum, Sinai and Nubia. The photographs are accompanied by a wide-ranging text, giving an overview of the natural wealth of the Nile and 5,000 years of Egyptian history from the first pharaohs to the modem Arab republic. The reader is taken on a journey up the Nile, from Tanis to Abu Simbel. Each location is illustrated by a site plan and photographs not only of the principal structures but also of objects from the site. Specially commissioned and highly informative cross-sectional diagrams - including reconstructions of the tombs of Tutankhamun, Sethos and Queen Nefertari - a double fold-out map of the course of the Nile and an illustrated glossary complete this panoramic study of Egyptian civilisation.
Alberto Siliotti has studied and researched ancient Egypt for many years, and has written several books on the subject. He is director of the Thebes Project, working to promote the analysis and complete computer cataloguing of the paintings in the Theban tombs.show more