Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs

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This book is the official companion to the National Geographic Exhibition of the same name. Featuring hundreds of full colour photographs, the volume delves into the rich treasure trove of objects from the reigns and tombs of fabled Egyptian kings and queens. Statues, furniture, urns and other funerary implements to ease the passage to the afterlife, jewellery and bas-relief panels are all included, and each photograph is accompanied by a precise description of materials, subject and significance. Zahi Hawass' text chronicles pharaonic history, and presents fascinating chapters on everything from everyday life, to elaborate ceremonies and an account of Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb in 1922.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780792238737
Call Number: 932.014 HAWASS
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Tutankhamen, King of Egypt -- Exhibitions.
Egypt -- Antiquities -- Exhibitions.
Egypt -- History -- Eighteenth dynasty, ca. 1570-1320 B.C. -- Exhibitions.
Additional Contributors: Garrett, Kenneth


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Sep 24, 2012

This book is written with utmost affection, as well as national pride and a solemnized sense of history. No, it does not sound preachy, as this author time and again successfully entices his audience into the world he loves with a never-failing trail of inspirational sparks. It is a meaty subject nevertheless, as it is the longest-lasting empire in history that we are dealing with here, with all the specialized jargons that one must negotiate with. Zahi Hawass (now disgraced, as he was one of the preferred pets of the Mubarak regime, in addition to his self-aggrandizing way of dealing with other archaeologists working in Egypt - note: Mubarak's wife prefaced the book) contextualized Tutankhamun in the wider context of the entire ancient Egyptian history, with a special focus on the 18th Dynasty, to which Tutankhamun belonged. Indeed, many objects from other tombs and sites are also featured to provide needed supplements. Main chapters alternate with detailed pictorial essays (i.e. annotated illustrations). The bibliography at the end is an exciting point of departure for those who are particularly keen (listed items are not limited to publications in English).

May 24, 2012

This book is amazing!! Full of beautiful pictures and the tale of the golden age of the pharaohs. This is the kind of book to just relax and read and to read again and again!! The favourite and best feature of this book is the spendid pictures of Tut's tomb and the pharaohs before him and after him. I highly recommend this book!!


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