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The great pyramids at Giza are among the largest stone structures in the world, unsurpassed in size and scope since the days of antiquity. The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is the only one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World still standing. And yet, despite over four thousand years of study, some debate still surrounds these structures at the most basic levels. Who built the pyramids? How were such feats accomplished years before the advent of modern engineering? Why were the pyramids built in the first place? This volume explores the circumstances surrounding these mighty structures, including pyramid design, construction and architecture, foundations in Egyptian cosmology, symbolism, and political implications.
Narrative chapters, primary documents, and detailed histories of individual pyramids bring the reader to a deeper understanding of the Old Kingdom, a unique integration of church and state that allowed its rulers to ascend to the position of god after death. These conditions laid the groundwork for the creation of such massive tomb markers, powerful monuments designed to equip pharaohs for the afterlife and immortalize them for all eternity.
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About the Author
Jennifer Hellum is a Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has taught at universities in North America, and has excavated in Egypt on the Red Sea coast, the Delta, the Giza plateau, and in Middle Egypt.
Table of Contents
Series Foreword Bella Vivante vii
Timeline of Early Egyptian Dynasties and Kings xv
Historical Overview 1
Egyptian Religion 17
Symbolism of the Pyramids 35
The Where and How of Pyramid Building 45
The Pyramid Builders 55
The Architecture and Art of the Pyramid Complex 67
Interpretation and Legacy 81
Pyramid Profiles 89
Primary Documents 109
Annotated Bibliography 135