The Great Pyramid: Ancient Egypt Revisited

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Beautifully illustrated and lavishly produced this book represents a major new study of the great pyramid. Scholarly, yet in a style accessible to the layman, Romer offers new insights into the design and construction of the pyramid, arguing that contrary to received wisdom, the monument was built to one central plan. He also places the design and construction process firmly in its time, throwing light on Egyptian society in the age of King Khufu. "Perhaps the greatest praise is that I would have been extremely pleased to have written it myself!" - Ian Shaw.

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The Great Pyramid's eerily precise architecture has long puzzled mystics and archaeologists and given rise to numerous modern fantasies concerning the so-called 'Mystery of the Pyramids'. Sweeping away centuries of myth and confusion, John Romer describes for the first time exactly how this awesome monument was designed and built.

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John Romer has worked as an archaeologist in Egypt over four decades.

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Book Description Book Condition: New. The Great Pyramid's eerily precise architecture has for centuries both astounded and puzzled archaeologists and has given rise to numerous modern fantasies concerning the so-called 'Mystery of the Pyramids'. Sweeping away centuries of myth and confusion, Romer describes for the first time exactly how the Great Pyramid was designed and built. He argues that the pyramid makers worked from a single plan whose existence has long been doubted and even denied by scholars. Moreover, the Great Pyramid's unique architecture is integral to the way it was built, and for its builders the tasks of construction and design were not separate as they are now. By placing this awesome monument in its genuine contemporary context, this book underlines the extraordinary talents and originality of the ancient Egyptians at the time of King Khufu.A vast amount has been published on the pyramids, but this book offers a refreshing and distinctive approach based on sound scholarship and written in a style that often strikes a spark in the reader?s imagination. One comes away reminded what an astonishing building the Great Pyramid is . . . BARRY KEMP, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE. Bookseller Inventory # 2304

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Book Description Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition.. 564 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. EGYPTOLOGY. The Great Pyramid's eerily precise architecture has for centuries both astounded and puzzled archaeologists and has given rise to numerous modern fantasies concerning the so-called 'Mystery of the Pyramids'. Sweeping away centuries of myth and confusion, John Romer describes for the first time exactly how the Great Pyramid was designed and built. He argues that the pyramid makers worked from a single plan whose existence has long been doubted and even denied by scholars. Moreover, the Great Pyramid's unique architecture is integral to the way it was built, and for its builders the tasks of construction and design were not separate as they are now. By placing this awesome monument in its genuine contemporary context, this book underlines the extraordinary talents and the originality of the ancient Egyptians at the time of King Khufu. The contents of the book is as follows: Part I. Visions of the Pyramid: 1. Introduction; 2. Making the mystery; 3. Surveying Giza; 4. Excavating Giza; 5. The pyramid's plan; 6. The pyramid's timetable; Part II. The Pyramid-Makers: The Ghosts in the Cemetery: 7. At the court of the King; 8. The adventures of the Vizier; 9. The new Egyptians; 10. The social contract; Part III. The People on the Plateau: 11. Working the stone; 12. The Giza quarry; 13. Fire and the pyramid; 14. Entrep™t and accommodation; 15. The living city; 16. Coda: thinking with stone; Part IV. The Land and the Pyramid: 17. Prospecting Egypt; 18. Desert copper; 19. Aswan granite; 20. Tura limestone; 21. The river; 22. The Giza ramps; 23. Coda: the commanding landscape; Part V. The Great Inheritance: The First Pyramid: 24. The spirit and the tomb; 25. Mud to stone; 26. To make a pyramid; 27. Accommodating Djoser; Part VI. The Pyramids of Sneferu: 28. The Meidum pyramid; 29. The failed pyramid; 30. The jubilee pyramid; 31. The long journey of the spirit; 32. The dark interior; 33. Two last works; 34. Coda: the legacy; Part VII. Planning the Pyramid: 35. Choosing Giza; 36. Levelling the site; 37. The plan inside the pyramid; 38. The plan beside the pyramid; 39. Numbers; 40. Stars; 41. Coda: considering the architecture; Part VIII. Building the Pyramid: 42. In the beginning; 43. Setting the lines; 44. The miniature shafts; 45. The grand gallery; 46. The burial chamber; 47. To the top; 48. After the pyramid; 49. The rites of death; 50. Coda: after Khufu; 51. Stone; 52. Spirit. "A vast amount has been published on the pyramids, but this book offers a refreshing and distinctive approach based on sound scholarship and written in a style that often strikes a spark in the reader's imagination. One comes away reminded what an astonishing building the Great Pyramid is, out on its own in the realm of ancient Egyptian architecture, and therefore something that does not fit into the generalizations that we tend to seek." - Barry Kemp, Professor of Egyptology, University of Cambridge and author of Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization (Key Words: Egypt, Egyptology, Pyramids, John Romer, Aswan, Tombs). book. Bookseller Inventory # 41517X2

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