The Egyptian Pyramids

A Comprehensive, Illustrated Reference

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About the Book

This generously illustrated work is the most complete reference book ever published on these fascinating and compelling structures of the ancient world.
Facts on each of the 42 pharaohs and the monuments they constructed (and commentary from the author who has extensively explored them) include all elements of each pyramid complex that have been discovered, and whether a sarcophagus and mummy have been located. Cross-sectional diagrams and floor plans are provided for all pyramids so far uncovered, as well as photographs where available. Longer essays discuss in painstaking detail the unusual features of such as the Bent Pyramid of Pharaoh Sneferu and the Great Pyramid of Pharaoh Khufu. Eight appendices include a comparison of Egyptian to Aztec and Mayan pyramids; and notable pyramid authors and explorers. The resulting book offers solutions to many of the intriguing mysteries long associated with the pyramids in addition to tantalizing suggestions of discoveries yet to be made.

About the Author(s)

The late J.P. Lepre lived in Providence, Rhode Island.

Bibliographic Details

J.P. Lepre
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 359
Bibliographic Info: 300 photos & diagrams, tables, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006 [1990]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2955-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2156-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     xiii
Chronology: Dynasties of Ancient Egypt     xvii

I. The First Kings of Egypt     1
II. The Mastaba: Precursor to the Pyramid     5
III. The Pyramid Complex     13
IV. The 42 Pyramid Pharaohs     23
V. Dynasties III-IV (Heyday of Pyramid Building)     27
Dynasty III     27
Dynasty IV     59

VI. Dynasties V–XI (The Decline)     153
Dynasty V     153
Dynasty VI     176
Dynasty VIII     191
Dynasty IX     191
Dynasty X     192
Dynasty XI     193

VII. Dynasties XII–XIII (The Revival)     195
Dynasty XII     195
Dynasty XIII     223

VIII. Other Pyramids     231
IX. Methods of Pyramid Construction     235
X. Secret Chambers     265

Appendices     291

Bibliography     319
List of Illustrations     325
Sources of Illustrations     329
Index     331

Book Reviews & Awards

“brilliant…highly recommend[ed]”—Ancient Egypt and World History; “an essential reference work…comprehensive”—Choice; “brings together much of the known archaeological and architectural information”—College & Research Library News.