The definitive reference on the diverse monuments built by the ancient Egyptians across three millennia, this generously illustrated volume surveys the ancient world's most remarkable architecture.
Dieter Arnold--a leading expert on Egyptian building and design--includes more than 300 illustrations and 600 alphabetically arranged entries spanning every type of building and every aspect of construction and design. He provides separate entries for each of the major Egyptian sites, from Abu Simbel in the south to Cleopatra's palaces in Alexandria. These document ordinary towns and houses as well as monuments as varied 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-Bahari, and the great temples that line the Upper Nile. Other entries cover materials (from reed and mud-brick to sandstone and granite) and construction techniques (including pyramid building and the erection of obelisks). The accessible text also addresses the symbolic meanings of various types of building, the importance of building orientation, and myriad architectural features, such as columns and false doors.
Destined to be the standard reference for years to come, this comprehensive encyclopedia offers a welcome overview of the magnificent structures that continue to lure pilgrims and tourists, impress architects, and inspire awe. It will be enjoyed by serious devotees of architecture and archaeology as well as by armchair travelers and all who have wondered how the great pyramids were built.
"One of the foremost authorities in the field, Arnold uses a very broad definition of architecture in this critical new source. . . . [T]his work is currently the only English-language encyclopedia of Egyptian architecture. Egyptophiles will keep it handy at their desks."--Library Journal
"An excellent reference source for both individuals and librarians."--Choice
"A most useful volume. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing this work before the English-reading public."--Aidan Dodson, Egyptian Archaeology
"Numerous dictionaries of architecture are available, but there is no question that Dr. Arnold's is the premier in its field. . . . A splendidly produced and illustrated edition in English . . . [Arnold] distills that practical knowledge of a lifetime into an easily accessible and immensely well illustrated book."--Peter A. Clayton, Minerva
"An extremely valuable resource for anyone interested in Egyptology or the study of ancient architecture."--Susan Tower Hollis, American Reference Books Annual
"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
Table of Contents:
Editor's Note vii
Entries, A-Z 1
Chronological Table 265
Select Bibliography 271
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