Lives of the Pharaohs Pierre Montet

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Published: 1968

Hardcover

288 pages


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Lives of the Pharaohs  by  Pierre Montet

Lives of the Pharaohs by Pierre Montet
1968 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: | 7.61 Mb

Pierre Montets last completed book provides a brilliant and illuminating account of the most famous pharaohs from the Archaic period to the time of Alexander the Greats conquest of Egypt. Obsessed alternately with defensive warfare and with theMorePierre Montets last completed book provides a brilliant and illuminating account of the most famous pharaohs from the Archaic period to the time of Alexander the Greats conquest of Egypt.

Obsessed alternately with defensive warfare and with the setting up of their grandiose and often beautiful monuments, the great kings of Egypt emerge here as strong, accomplished rulers of great individuality.Snofru the beneficent, the great builder of ships and pyramids- the ambitious and luxury-loving Queen Makare Hatshepsut, who built the temple of Der el-Bahri- the short-lived Tutankhamen- Ramses the Great, egoistic, courageous, and conscientious- Merenptah, the king of the Exodus- Ramses III, the last of the great pharaohs--all are over-life-size rulers, by no means dwarfed by their vast memorial buildings.The late Pierre Montet, a distinguished Egyptologist who carried out extensive excavations at Tanis and other sites, recounts his interpretations of existing evidence, backing up his account with references to Herodotus and other sources.

He not only highlights the main events of Egyptian history--the dynastic changes- the invasions of Hyksos, Syrians, Libyans, and Ethiopians- the overthrow and reinstatement of gods--but also paints in the background of Egyptian civilization from the evidence that remains to us on tablets and effigies or in the few existing texts, some of which are quoted in full.Just as the portrayal of rulers is rich with detail and insight into character, so too the discussion of the monuments the pharaohs constructed reflects the authors discrimination and artistic insight.

He distinguishes between the masterpieces of Egyptian art and the pretentious architecture and sculpture of less gifted kings. To enter with him one of the ruined cities or tombs is to appreciate fully the complex and unique spirit of ancient Egypt.The magnificent color and black-and-white photographs--160 in all--cover the whole range of monuments: funerary temples, the great pyramids of Giza, Dashur, Meidum, and Sakkara, and the famous obelisks, outstandingly beautiful bas-reliefs, furniture, jewelery, statues, and thrones from Tutankhamens tomb and those of other great rulers.

Particular care has been taken to show new aspects of the best-known material- some of the material presented here has never before been seen in any country.



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