The Pyramids

The Pyramids

by Jennifer Hellum


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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313325809
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/30/2007
Series: Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Ancient World
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

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
Preface     xiii
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
Glossary     129
Annotated Bibliography     135
Index     143

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