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The Monuments of Egypt: An A-Z Companion to Ancient Egyptian Architecture

The Monuments of Egypt: An A-Z Companion to Ancient Egyptian Architecture
Dieter Arnold

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The ancient Egyptians' greatest monuments, ranging from Abu Simbel in the south to Cleopatra's palaces in Alexandria, were built over a period of three millennia, and yet a common architectural tradition links them all. Dieter Arnold here provides a single volume guide to one of the most remarkable architectures of the ancient world. Entries are presented for each of the most important ancient sites, covering monuments as diverse as the Step Pyramid of Djoser (the world's first significant stone building); the tombs of the Valley of the Kings; Hatshepsut's mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri; and the great Ptolemaic temples that line the Upper Nile. Key aspects of building design and construction are also considered in separate entries, covering aspects such as building and construction techniques (including pyramid building and the erection of obelisks).

With more than 600 entries and 350 plans, diagrams and photographs and maps, this guide - previously available only as a hardback edition published as "The Encyclopaedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture" - provides a comprehensive introduction to ancient Egyptian monuments that is an essential companion for every visitor to the ancient sites along the Nile.

Author Info

Dieter Arnold is Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and has for some years been leading the Metropolitan's excavations at Dahshur, investigating a number of significant Middle Kingdom private and royal monuments.


"A splendidly produced and illustrated edition in English. It is an invaluable Eygyptological reference book of the highest calibre and production quality, and at a very reasonable price, that will be a necessity for the library of anyone even remotely interested in, or connected with, ancient Egyptian architecture." Peter Clayton Minerva Magazine. 'This first English edition of Dieter Arnold's Encyclopaedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture is very much to be welcomed. One of the greatest advantages of Arnold's work is that it is written by a single specialist, well-acquainted with the monuments, experienced in field-work, and a very good communicator. His virtues as the author of a complex subject are well illustrated by his Building in Egypt'.
T. G. H. James, formerly Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities, The British Museum Dieter Arnold is Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and has for forty years been conducting excavations in Egypt, at Thebes, El-Lisht and Dahshur, among other sites. He is the author of numerous books on Egyptian architecture, including Building in Egypt: Pharaonic Stone Masonry, Temples of the Last Pharaohs and the Pyramid Complex of Senwosret III at Dahshur."

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781848850422
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2009
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 350 b/w illustrations & plans

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