Author(s): Dieter Arnold
The ancient Egyptians' greatest monuments, ranging from Abu Simbel in the south to Cleopatra's palaces in Alexandria, were built over a period of three millennia, and yet a common architectural tradition links them all. Dieter Arnold here provides a single volume guide to one of the most remarkable architectures of the ancient world. Entries are presented for each of the most important ancient sites, covering monuments as diverse as the Step Pyramid of Djoser (the world's first significant stone building); the tombs of the Valley of the Kings; Hatshepsut's mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri; and the great Ptolemaic temples that line the Upper Nile. Key aspects of building design and construction are also considered in separate entries, covering aspects such as building and construction techniques (including pyramid building and the erection of obelisks). With more than 600 entries and 350 plans, diagrams and photographs and maps, this guide - previously available only as a hardback edition published as "The Encyclopaedia of Ancient Egyptian Architecture" - provides a comprehensive introduction to ancient Egyptian monuments that is an essential companion for every visitor to the ancient sites along the Nile.
'There is no question that Dr. Arnold's [book] is the premier in its field. [He] distills that practical knowledge of a lifetime into an easily accessible and immensely well ilustrated book... that will be a necessity for the library of anyone even remotely interested in, or connected with, ancient Egyptian architecture.' - Peter Clayton, Minerva Magazine; 'This edition is very much to be welcomed. [It] is written by a single specialist, well-acquainted with the monuments, experienced in field-work, and a very good Communicator.' - T.G.H. James, formerly Keeper of Egyptian Antiquities, the British Museum; 'An accessible, up-to-date, and comprehensive reference work on ancient Egyptian architecture, this book is unquestionably a significant addition to the fields of Egyptology and ancient architecture. Dieter Arnold's judgment, vast experience, and sensitivity to the data and the relevant Egyptian cultural context are at work throughout the book. With no significant competitor in English, this book stands alone.' - David O'Connor, professor in Ancient Egyptian Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; 'It seems possible that the Egyptologist Dieter Arnold knows more about ancient Egyptian architecture than the Egyptians did themselves, and [this book] adopts an encyclopaedic format to present his knowledge of building techniques, architectural styles, and individual sites and monuments... [It] is clearly and engagingly written, and supported by 350 well-chosen plans, drawings, and photographs.' - Christina Riggs, Times Higher Education
Dieter Arnold is Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and has for some years been leading the Metropolitan's excavations at Dahshur, investigating a number of significant Middle Kingdom private and royal monuments.