The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt

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Baker & Taylor
A lavishly illustrated study of ancient Egyptian temples traces the history of the largest religious monuments ever known, from the earliest times through their period of glory and ultimate decline to their rediscovery and study in modern times.

Norton Pub
The temples of ancient Egypt include the largest and perhaps most splendid religious monuments the world has ever known. This book traces their development from earliest times through their period of glory and ultimate decline to their rediscovery and study in modern times. All of Egypt's surviving temples--from the gargantuan temple of Amun at Karnak to minuscule shrines such as the oasis Oracle of Siwa, where Alexander went to hear himself proclaimed god--are discussed and illustrated with factfiles, photographs, plans, and specially commissioned perspective views. * "Houses of Eternity" considers the historical origin and development of Egyptian temples, describing their role in ancient Egyptian society, their later Christian and Muslim use, and their modern rediscovery. * "Buildings Fit for Gods" looks at how the temples were built, decorated, expanded--and sometimes destroyed. * "Worlds Within Worlds" examines each part of the sacred structures in detail--from the massive pylon towers, colossal statues, and obelisks that fronted many temples to the darkened sanctuaries and mysterious crypts of their inner depths. * "Between Heaven and Earth" discusses the temple's relationship to the pantheon of Egypt's gods, along with the roles and rituals of pharaohs and priests, and the sacred rites and festivals enacted there. * "Temples of Gods and Kings" is the most extensive catalogue of Egyptian temples yet published in one volume and serves as a guide to the ancient sites. The book's format follows the highly successful, visual style of the other volumes in Thames & Hudson's best-selling "Complete" series, creating both an authoritative reference book and an entertaining guide for everyone fascinated by the eternal mysteries of ancient Egypt.

Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2000
ISBN: 9780500051009
Branch Call Number: 299.31 WIL
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 27 cm


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Aug 10, 2014

There are several books on this subject. Miroslav Verner's Temple of the World (not in KCLS) gives an impression of how temples in general worked by studying several of them in depth. Byron Shafer's Temples of Ancient Egypt is organized by subject rather than by temple, and it gives similarly patchy coverage of temples overall. Cultural Atlas of Ancient Egypt, based on what I've heard about it, is a pretty thorough catalogue of all major ancient Egyptian sites, which obviously includes temples. This book is a sort of hybrid of all those approaches, which means it covers all the angles but loses some depth compared with the other books. Out of the four, I consider this one the best all-around overview, despite its flaws.


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