Mountains of the pharaohs : the untold story of the pyramid builders

by Hawass, Zahi A.

Format: Print Book 2006
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 932.01 HA
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The great pyramids of Giza have intrigued humanity for thousands of years. Questions about the construction and the purpose of these majestic monuments have existed since the middle period of ancient Egyptian civilization, but recent cutting-edge research has uncovered information about how and why they were built. In Mountains of the Pharaohs , Zahi Hawass, a world-renowned archaeologist and the official guardian of Egypt's timeless treasures, weaves the latest archaeological data and an enthralling family history into spellbinding narrative.

Nearly five thousand years ago, the 4th Dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom reigned over a highly advanced civilization. Believed to be gods, the royal family lived amid colossal palaces and temples built to honor them and their deified ancestors. Hawass brings these extraordinary historical figures to life, spinning a soap opera--like saga complete with murder, incest, and the triumphant ascension to the throne of one of only four queens ever to rule Egypt.

The magnificent pyramids attest not only to the dynasty's supreme power, but also to the engineering expertise and architectural sophistication that flourished under their rule. Hawass argues that the pyramids--including the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing--were built by skilled craftsmen who took great pride in their work.

Mountains of the Pharaohs is an unprecedented account of one of civilization's greatest achievements.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hawass, an Egyptologist, divides this lucid and exhaustively documented book into five parts: The Dawn of 4th Dynasty, The Reign of the Sun God, The Heirs of Khufu, The Pyramid Builders at Giza, and The End of an Era. This final segment deals with such material as the reign of Khentkawes, the dawn of the Fifth Dynasty, and the abandonment of Giza. Hawass points out that the Great Pyramid of Khufu is the most famous monument in the world, and it has been visited, measured, photographed, and studied by scholars for centuries. There are countless theories as to its construction and function. He notes that Giza was the heart of Egypt for three generations, and it was here that the royal government sat and where the court of the king spent much of its time. With 24 black-and-white illustrations, this account is not only a history of the pyramids but also a compelling account of the powerful kings of ancient Egypt. --George Cohen Copyright 2006 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Some 4,000 years ago, the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom began to build gigantic monuments to themselves in Giza, along the Nile River. Hawass-secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people-has painstakingly put together the story of these immense structures and the people who built them. Using the latest archeological insight and stitching the tale together with his brief fictionalized forays into the past, Hawass explores the interwoven family, clan and societal organizations that made up ancient Egyptian culture. He writes that the pharaohs, initially worshippers of the sun and eventually made sun gods themselves, began constructing these giant tombs as soon as they ascended to the throne. Hawass imagines Khufu, the builder of the Great Pyramid, finding comfort in thinking that "[h]is pyramid was rising rapidly, reaching to the sky and ensuring his eternal life as a god...." Throughout, Hawass weaves accounts of the ancient Egyptians with current excavations of the ruins. For general readers with no abiding interest in ancient Egypt, this is tough sledding at times. Without much narrative punch, Hawass writes seemingly endless strings of information in lackluster prose. But for Egyptophiles, this will be must reading. 8 pages of color photos. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)
Pyramids -- Egypt -- Design and construction.
Egypt -- History -- Old Kingdom, ca. 2686-ca. 2181 B.C.
Egypt -- Antiquities.
Publisher New York :Doubleday,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 213 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [199]-205) and index.
ISBN 9780385503051
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