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The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt (ePub)

Ancient History > Ancient Egypt & Egyptology Military > Pre-WWI P&S History > Royal History

By Aidan Dodson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Archaeology
File Size: 11.9 MB (.epub)
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Over 200 photographs, plus 200 plans and maps
ISBN: 9781473880047
Published: 7th September 2016


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The royal tombs of ancient Egypt include some of the most stupendous monuments of all time, containing some of the greatest treasures to survive from the ancient world. This book is a history of the burial places of the rulers of Egypt from the very dawn of history down to the country’s absorption into the Roman Empire, three millennia later. During this time, the tombs ranged from mudbrick-lined pits in the desert, through pyramid-topped labyrinths to superbly-decorated galleries penetrating deep into the rock of the Valley of the Kings. The first book to embrace in detail the entire range of royal tombs, the present volume covers the full extent of royal funerary monuments, which comprised not only the actual burial place, but also the place where the worlds of the living and the dead came together in the temples built to provide for the dead pharaoh’s soul.

"If not for public consumption then this is an essential book for a Library or for the scholar/academic or budding Egyptologist."

Norfolk Family History Society - 'The Ancestor' magazine

Overall, this book was amazing. I felt as though I was walking through the tombs myself. Having some prior knowledge of the history and lives the ancients went a long way into making this book more understandable. In order to really enjoy this book, you have to have a working knowledge of Egyptian history. This is not for those who are just diving into the work. However, whatever level of history you are at, this book was amazing.

There are more to the tombs than just the enclosures. There are temples, monuments, and so much more! The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt brings this long romanticized world into a more historical focus, giving a lot of insights into the burial practices, the hopes for the afterlife, and even the details that went into the work on the tomb. Grab your virtual archaeological tools, and dig into this amazing book!

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Nile magazine - June/July 2017

While Dodson's examination of Egyptian burial practises is exhaustive and provides an interesting perspective on Egyptian living based on their treatment of death, it certainly is not light reading. A pre-existing knowledge of Egyptian history, and a familiarity with ancient texts, are fundamental to enjoying this work. For those already heavily invested in archaeology, this will be a valued addition to your bookshelf.

History of Royals, February 2017

This absorbing work, supported by notes and a substantial bibliography, will no doubt become a set text for anyone exploring Egypt's royal funerary architecture.

Ancient Egypt magazine, December 2016/January 2017 - reviewed by Sarah Griffiths

With ITV's excellent new series Tutankhaun in full swing right now, this terrific book about the Valley of the Kings in Egypt could not have appeared at a better time. Superbly detailed account of real-life Indiana Jones-type adventures involving the amazing dynasties of Ancient Egypt.

Books Monthly, November 2016 – reviewed by Paul Norman
 Aidan Dodson

About Aidan Dodson

Aidan Dodson is Hon Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at the University of Bristol, where he has taught since 1996. He has also maintained parallel research interests in naval history, and worked as a civil servant in defence procurement for 25 years, including  project leader for the offshore patrol vessel HMS Clyde. He is the author of more than 300 articles and reviews, plus some twenty books, including The Kaiser’s Battlefleet: German capital ships 1871–1918 ,Before the Battlecruiser: the big cruiser in the world’s navies 1865–1910 and Spoils of War: the fates of the ex-enemy fleets after the two World Wars, with Serena Cant, all published by Seaforth.

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