Miroslav Verner The Pyramids

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Over the past two decades, archaeologists have made huge strides in their understanding of the pyramids. They have uncovered edifices buried for centuriesunder the desert sand and new technology has enabled them to conduct extensive investigations of the pharaohs' tombs. These discoveries have enabled us to answer some of the fundamental questions that have been asked about the pyramids for centuries: how did a people who lived nearly five thousand years ago, who knew neither iron nor bronze and who lacked mastery of elementary rules of calculation, manage to construct enormous stone structures with a precision seldom matched even by modern architecture? What culture, politics, and religion stood behind this extraordinary achievement?In The Pyramids, Miroslav Verner, one of the world's most celebrated pyramidresearchers, presents the most up-to-date account of what we know about the pyramids. He re-creates vividly the history of ancient Egyptian culture before andduring the period of the pyramids, as well as the remarkable story of modernEgyptology, which began when Napoleon's troops conquered Egypt two hundredyears ago.

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Miroslav Verner directed the Czech Institute of Egyptology for seventeen years and is Professor of Egyptology at CharlesUniversity in Prague. He has also been guest professor at the universities of Vienna, Hamburg and the AmericanUniversity of Cairo and, since 1976, has been leading the excavations currently being carried out by Czech archaeologists in Abusir.

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"'A fascinating and comprehensive book... The Pyramids is a portrait, not only of the pyramids themselves, but of an entire civilization, the first in history to build in stone, and thereby aim for eternity... Exceedingly welcome and timely' Literary Review * 'Verner moulds all known science and history on the subject into a fascinating and accessible introduction - essential reading.' Sunday Times 'A detailed, beautifully illustrated and eminently readable introduction to the pyramid-building age which will appeal to both experts and first-time Egyptologists alike. Here the mysteries of the pyramids and their readers are laid bare. It is a fascinating story.' Joyce Tyldesley, author of Nefertitl 'Refreshing and thorough' Scotland on Sunday 'The new seminal text on this subject' Science News"

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