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The Temples Of Karnak

Author : R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz
ISBN : 0892817127
Genre : Religion
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More than 700 photographs and line illustrations documenting the ancient Egyptian temples of Karnak • A magnificent excursion that explores the monuments, ruins, statues, and bas-reliefs from the ancient and highly developed civilization of Egypt • The only complete photographic record available of this important acheological treasure • Contains 600 photographs by two top French award-winning photographers This book is a magnificent excursion led by R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz to the monuments, ruins, statues, and bas-reliefs of the temples of Karnak. With nearly 600 photographs by Georges and Valentine de Mire, more than 450 of which are full-page plates, this volume is the only complete photographic record of this important historic site. Because of recent vandalism many of the artifacts are no longer intact, and it is no longer possible to see many of the details captured in these images. This promenade through the temples of Karnak reveals the remains of a world devoted to an unimpeachable faith in the afterlife, a faith whose conviction seems to have exalted its builders and artists, as was the case for several brief centuries with those who constructed the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. One did not work at fashioning these stones, nor were these works sculpted under someone's strict authority; here it was necessary to act out of the heart. Every gesture in the depictions, every arrangement in the buildings, is a hieroglyph from the symbolic language of the sages who spoke to spirit and consciousness.
Category: Religion

Temple Of Karnak

Author : Frederick Monderson
ISBN : 1466243198
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Temple of Karnak: The Majestic Architecture of Ancient Kemet, published (2011) by SuMon Publishers is an updated and expanded version of an earlier issue offering readers a comprehensive artistic, historical and esoteric insight into this important religious structure instrumental in the history of imperial Egypt/Kemet. The Temple of Karnak is a full-length English language book on the ancient world's grandest home of a deity, still standing despite its many man-made and natural challenges. Insightfully, it depicts the historical, pictographic, architectural and archaeological adventures of a temple 2000 years in the making; that today, 2000 years later, still exudes and evokes much of the ancient mysticism, spirituality and awe-inspiring esotericism. Together with more than 400 photographs, illustrations and plans highlighting the more salient features of this divinely inspired complex of temples, readers are treated to an extensive bibliography in English to encourage further research on this architectural museum, making it an indispensible read and therefore a welcome addition to any library collection. It supplies readers with both photographic imagery and textual survey of a quintessential Middle and New Kingdom temple, home of the national God Amon-Ra, 'King of the Gods, ' 'Father of the Gods, ' ancient Egyptians considered the 'Throne of the World.' Encompassing two poems to Amon-Ra and the temple itself; a 'Why and Wherefore' of the philosophy of ancient Egyptian religion manifesting at Karnak; a compendium of famous writers' insights; a detailed description of the principal features of the temple in the ascent towards the 'holy of holies' and beyond; including a selection of some of the choicest pieces of 'talatat art' from the Open Air Museum; making it "a book you can take to the temple!" As such, it highlights important features before and beyond the entrance pylon; provides a photographic depiction of the Hypostyle Hall's temple ritual and its architectural columnar majesty; depicts the Wars of Seti I; points to Thutmose III's Festival Temple the Akh Menu's tent pole columns; features Rameses II's "Girdle Wall" illustrations; and includes images highlighting points of principal interest, viz., sphinxes, pylons, colonnades, obelisks, statues, the sacred lake, courts, axes, temples, walls, decorations, etc., and includes names of people associated with the site, all making The Temple of Karnak, a fact-filled and useful work. A "second take" on principal segments of the monuments with separate bibliography that extends the source of reference; contributes to further understanding of this magnificent and complex piece of religious architecture. All in all, it's not simply a historic description of the structure but also an indispensable Travel Guide heightening the adventure and significantly complementing any visit to the temple. Photos enliven the experience and reinforce the rich heritage of the monuments while including items the casual visitor never sees. Finally, the traveler, the specialist, student and lay person, can all benefit from this work that should be in any library collection on Ancient Kemet/Egypt. Frederick Monderson, an African historian and Egyptologist, has written extensively on ancient Egypt. He can be reached at SuMon Publishers PO Box 160347, Brooklyn, New York 11216, or, [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]


Author : Elizabeth Blyth
ISBN : 9781134136674
Genre : History
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The first publication in English, this book fills a gap in the market and presents an in-depth examination of the significant temple site at Karnak. It is visited by thousands of tourists each year and is one of the most famous ancient temples in the world. Up until now there has been no single publication that covers the historical developments from its early shrine of an obscure local deity to the greatest state temple of ancient Egypt’s mighty empire. Karnak includes an array of illustrations, maps, plans and photographs and entails some of the most illustrious names associated with Ancient Egypt:- Hatshepsut Tuthmosis III Amenhotep III Akhenaten Tutankhamun Ramessess II. Karnak delivers an outline of the entire history of Ancient Egypt and will prove to be a crucial guide for those involved in Egyptology, Archaeology and Ancient History.
Category: History

Thebes In Egypt

Author : Nigel Strudwick
ISBN : 0801436931
Genre : History
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After excavating and researching the city of Thebes for many years, Nigel and Helen Strudwick here offer an in-depth introduction to it, one that will be welcomed by both armchair travellers and visitors to that popular tourist destination. After reviewing the topography of the site, the Strudwicks recount the history of Thebes from the city's rise in the late Old Kingdom to the peak of its power in the New Kingdom and to its gradual decline in the Graeco-Roman period. They discuss the central role played by the gods in the community's religious life, and take us on a tour of the great temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank of the Nile and of the temples and tombs of kings, queens, princes, and ordinary individuals on the West Bank.
Category: History

Temples Of Ancient Egypt

Author : Dieter Arnold
ISBN : 1850439451
Genre : Architecture, Ancient
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This book presents an important survey of ancient Egyptian temples and the rituals associated with their use. It covers the entire pharaonic era, from the Old Kingdom to the Roman period, and offers a fresh perspective on ritual and its cultural significance, demonstrating the role of temples as loci for the creative interplay of sacred space and sacred time. Temples of Ancient Egypt challenges the traditional division of temples into the categories of either 'mortuary' or 'divine', showing that their functions and symbolic representations were, at once, too varied and too intertwined.
Category: Architecture, Ancient

Egyptian Temple

Author : Margaret Murray
ISBN : 9781136139147
Genre : History
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First published in 1984. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Category: History

Architecture Astronomy And Sacred Landscape In Ancient Egypt

Author : Giulio Magli
ISBN : 9781107245020
Genre : Social Science
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This book examines the interplay between astronomy and dynastic power in the course of ancient Egyptian history, focusing on the fundamental role of astronomy in the creation of the pyramids and the monumental temple and burial complexes. Bringing to bear the analytical tools of archaeoastronomy, a set of techniques and methods that enable modern scholars to better understand the thought, religion and science of early civilizations, Giulio Magli provides in-depth analyses of the pyramid complexes at Giza, Abusir, Saqqara and Dahshur, as well as of the Early Dynastic necropolis at Abydos and the magnificent new Kingdom Theban temples. Using a variety of data retrieved from study of the sky and measurements of the buildings, he reconstructs the visual, symbolic and spiritual world of the ancient Egyptians and thereby establishes an intimate relationship among celestial cycles, topography and architecture. He also shows how they were deployed in the ideology of the pharaoh's power in the course of Egyptian history.
Category: Social Science

Luxor And Its Temples

Author : A.M. Blackman
ISBN : 9781136206870
Genre : History
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First published in 2005. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Category: History

The Akhenaten Colossi Of Karnak

Author : Lise Manniche
ISBN : 9774163494
Genre : Art
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Some of the most fascinating sculptures to have survived from ancient Egypt are the colossal statues of Akhenaten, erected at the beginning of his reign (1353-1335 BC) in his new temple to the Aten at Karnak. Fragments of more than thirty statues are now known, showing the paradoxical features combining male and female, young and aged, characteristic of representations of this king. Did he look like this in real life? Was his iconography skillfully devised to mirror his concept of his role in the universe? And was more than one individual represented in the colossi? The author presents the history of the discovery of the statue fragments from 1925 to the present day; the profusion of opinions on the appearance of the king and his alleged medical conditions; and the various suggestions for an interpretation of the perplexing evidence. A complete catalog of all major fragments is included, as well as many pictures not previously published.
Category: Art

The Complete Temples Of Ancient Egypt

Author : Richard H. Wilkinson
ISBN : 0500283966
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A fully illustrated survey of Egypt s temples, covering the secret rites and architectural wonders of these powerful and mysterious monuments from early pharaonic times to the Roman period"