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The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture
Dieter Arnold

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"This first English edition of Dieter Arnold's Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture is very much to be welcomed. One of the great 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. The greatest value lies in the extended entries on particular types of building, on specifically Egyptian stylistic characteristics, and on the employment in ancient Egypt of certain materials and technical methods. The Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture will indeed fill a very obvious gap in the range of Egyptological reference works."--T.G.H. James, Formerly Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities, The British Museum

"Unquestionably, Arnold's Encyclopedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture is a most significant addition to the field of Egyptology and to the study of ancient architecture in general, while also serving student and lay needs for a comprehensive reference work. Its significance lies largely in the amount of information provided on an extraordinarily wide range of topics; it moves from temples, tombs, and other monumental structures to the arenas of the living, such as palaces, houses, and towns. This refreshingly catholic interpretation of architecture is especially valuable in a reference work that treats all of its topics with seriousness and care. Arnold's judgement, vast experience, and sensitivity to the data and the relevant Egyptian cultural context are also at work throughout the Encyclopedia. These contribute in an unobtrusive but powerful way to the great value of the book."--David O'Connor, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor in Ancient Egyptian Art, Institute of Fine arts, New York University, and Professor Emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

"Providing students and the larger public with an accessible, up-to-date, and comprehensive reference work on ancient Egyptian architecture, this book is unquestionably a significant addition to the fields of Egyptology and ancient architecture. Dieter Arnold's judgment, vast experience, and sensitivity to the data and the relevant Egyptian cultural context are at work throughout the Encyclopedia. With no significant competitor in English, this book stands alone."--David O'Connor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York

"It seems possible that the Egyptologist Dieter Arnold knows more about ancient Egyptian architecture than the Egyptians did themselves, and Ancient Egyptian Architecture adopts an encyclopedic format to present his knowledge of building techniques, architectural styles, and individual sites and monuments. . . . [It] is clearly and engagingly written, and supported by 350 well-chosen plans, drawings, and photographs."--Christina Riggs, Times Higher Education Supplement

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