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The Pyramids

The Archaeology and History of Egypt's Iconic Monuments New and updated edition

Miroslav Verner Zahi Hawass Zahi Hawass



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The American University in Cairo Press
01 January 2021
Nearly two decades have passed since the last edition of Miroslav Verner's seminal The Pyramids. In that time, fresh explorations and new sophisticated technologies have contributed to ever more detailed and compelling discussions around Egypt's enigmatic and most celebrated of ancient monuments.

A pyramid, as the posthumous residence of a king and the place of his eternal cult, was just a single, if dominant, part of a larger complex of structures with specific religious, economic, and administrative functions. The first royal pyramid in Egypt was built at the beginning of the Third Dynasty (ca. 2592-2544 BC) by Horus Netjerykhet, later called Djoser, while the last pyramid was the work of Ahmose I, the first king of the Eighteenth Dynasty (ca. 1539-1292 BC).

This newly revised and updated edition of The Pyramids brings Verner's rich erudition and long years of site experience to bear on all the latest discoveries and archaeological and historical aspects of over 70 of Egypt's and Sudan's pyramids in the broader context of their more than one-thousand-year-long development. Lucidly written, with 300 illustrations, and filled with insights, this comprehensive study illuminates an era that is both millennia away and, thanks to the work of scientists like Verner, relevant today.
By:   Miroslav Verner
Foreword by:   Zahi Hawass, Zahi Hawass
Imprint:   The American University in Cairo Press
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 190mm, 
ISBN:   9789774169885
ISBN 10:   9774169883
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   01 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Miroslav Verner is an Egyptologist, archaeologist, and epigrapher who has been working in archaeological excavation and research in Egypt since 1964, and has published thirteen academic monographs and numerous academic articles. He is the author of Temple of the World: Sanctuaries, Cults, and Mysteries of Ancient Egypt (AUC Press, 2013) and Abusir: The Story of a Royal Necropolis (AUC Press, 2016).

Reviews for The Pyramids: The Archaeology and History of Egypt's Iconic Monuments New and updated edition

In this book, Verner reveals important research on the rediscovery of the pyramids, . . . their meaning, and their construction. He proves to us that each pyramid has its own method of construction. He gives us a detailed account of each site and all the scholars who worked on these sites. He also provides his own interpretation of all the theories presented by the various scholars, beginning with the pyramid of Djoser and continuing to the last pyramid built by Ahmose in Abydos. . . .If you read this book you will live a great adventure, narrated by Verner, around the glorious pyramids of Egypt. This book is not written only for scholars. The public, students, and all aficionados of ancient Egypt will learn from this great body of work and from this great scholar. --from the Foreword by Zahi Hawass This sumptuously illustrated study incorporating the latest archaeological findings is highly recommended for general and informed readers fascinated by the pyramids and ancient Egyptian civilization. --Library Journal The new seminal text --Science News Editor's Choice . . . this comprehensive volume details everything you ever wanted to know about pyramids. --Rosemary Herbert, The Boston Herald Engaging, lucid . . . Richly illustrated . . . displays both a deep respect for the research of Egyptologists and a comprehensive knowledge of it. --Kirkus Reviews Miroslav Verner . . . provides an accessible introduction to the culture of the ancient Egyptians. --Die Welt

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