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The Realm of the Pharaohs (Treasures of Ancient Egypt) [Hardcover]

Zahi A. Hawass
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1 Oct 2006
In this superbly illustrated volume, distinguished Egyptologist Zahi Hawass guides readers through the architectural landscape of ancient Egypt, from the houses and palaces of the living to the temples of the gods to the tombs of the dead.

Hundreds of photographs and a compelling text unveil the mysteries of pharaonic Egypt as unearthed through major excavations, revealing fresh insight into how the ancient Egyptians lived, how they prepared for death, and how they perceived their own place within the universe.

The Realm of the Pharaohs takes readers on a tour of the most important sites of ancient Egypt from the Pyramids at Giza to Abu Simbel to the Valley of the Kings. It recounts the history of the most famous kings and queens and shares details of the everyday lives of the people.

Presented in a handsome slipcase, this book is made all the more compelling by the inclusion of the author's personal archaeological adventures. Hawass shares details of his distinguished career and reveals his own sense of awe of the magic and mystery of the pharaohs. Through his narrative, accompanied by a wealth of outstanding photographs, readers will learn little-known facts about the lives of the people and royalty of Ancient Egypt, as well as live vicariously through the anecdotes of one of Egypt's preeminent Egyptologists.


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  • Hardcover: 415 pages
  • Publisher: White Star; Slp edition (1 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8854401617
  • ISBN-13: 978-8854401617
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 26.3 x 36.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book - in every sense of the word 24 April 2010
Format:Hardcover
This beautiful book about ancient Egypt is written by the Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who is the secretary-general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities. The book begins with a short introduction. The main text is divided into four major parts. Here is an overview:

Part I - "A Brief history of Ancient Egypt" - an introduction and seven chapters

Part II - "The Land of the Living" - an introduction and four chapters

Part III - "The Domain of the Divine" - an introduction and 18 chapters

Part IV - "The Netherworld" - an introduction and 25 chapters

The book concludes with an alphabetical index. The illustrations are colour photos most of which are taken by the professional Italian photographer Araldo De Luca, who works for White Star Books.

This is a great book is every sense of the word. Let me explain:

(1) The format is large (26 x 36 cm), and there are more than 400 pages. This hardcover edition comes in a special cardboard box which will protect the book whether it is placed on a shelf or on a desk.

(2) The text is written by an author who knows his topic extremely well. Since he is the top man of Egyptian archaeology, he has personal knowledge of all the ancient sites in the country. In some cases he has even done excavation work there. To illustrate this point let me quote a passage from page 325:

"One of the most beautiful and best-preserved tombs in the Western Cemetery [of Giza] belongs to a man named Kapunisut Kai, whose titles include priest of the cults of Khufu, Djedefre, and Sneferu... I discovered this tomb during clearance work in the area."

(3) The illustrations are numerous and fabulous. In many cases a picture gets a full page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Gorgeous Photographs, and Thorough History 13 Dec 2008
By gilly8
Format:Hardcover
This is a HUGE coffee table book but has great photographs and also a lot of first rate information.

There are sections of the book showing the interior wall and ceiling paintings of tombs along with statues of various gods and goddesses and the statues of the people who would have inhabited the tombs. Artifacts are shown close-up in the oversized page size photographs, as is fantastic jewelry. (The tombs themselves were mostly cleared out by tomb robbers as most of them were, fortunately they couldn't take the paint off the walls.) It is so beautiful and gives such a sense of the beliefs of the people; of the peace and serenity they expected to find in the afterlife, that, for me, I could truly understand the emphasis they put on their tombs,which would be their home for all eternity.

The author is Zahi Hawass--- you see his name on a lot of current Egyptian books because he is the head of Egyptian antiquities, all tomb openings, all artifacts, all exhibits that leave Egypt go through him.

If you can find this book used, priced reasonably, it is REALLY worth having.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Dec 2013
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A great book at a great price. More than just a series of amazing photos (which are some of the best ever of the objects).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Damaged in transit? 30 April 2013
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Book is beautiful and the price is right but the box for the book is damaged but did not look like transit damage. This happens with out 10% of non-Amazon purchases in my experience of 200+ purchases. But will not return it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Supersized Egypt 13 Jun 2007
By David A. Eitel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The physical size of this work is impressive, and the photographs spectacular. Some of the special affects on the photos will delight the most seasoned enthusiast. Commentary not too technical, for broader audience. Espcially like the slip-cover box, looks great on display. Definitely recommend for lovers of Egyptian antiquities.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Photographs, and good information 24 Mar 2007
By gilly8 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a HUGE coffee table book but has great photographs and also a lot of first rate information. The author is Zahi Hawass, you see his name on a lot of current Egyptian books because he is the head of Egyptian antiquities, all tomb openings, all artifacts, all exhibits that leave Egypt, go through him. If you can find this book used, reasonably, it is worth having.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very large and heavy book - but beautiful. 17 July 2007
By Ronald E. Fellows - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read a review of this new book in Ancient Egypt magazine, a British publication, and although the price was listed as 70 British Pounds, I decided to add it to my collection of 194 books on Ancient Egypt. Seventy pounds equals about $[...], but I quickly found it on Amazon.com for about $[...].

It is a big and beautiful book (and heavy), with stunning photographs. Well, mostly, - a couple are not so stunning (the photos of Luxor and Karnak Temples). Interesting that the photo of King Hor's Ka statue in the Cairo museum has had the Ka arms removed - photoshop? Why?

Comparing it to my other books on Egypt, it is a repeat of many of the photos, but most are in close-up or at least are larger. Yes, it is magnificent if difficult to handle. A few pages are four page fold-outs.

The text is also largely a repeat although it does put the others in context.

Anyway, buy it - it's a great price for a beautiful book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome addition to college library Egyptology shelves 12 Dec 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Realm of the Pharaohs: Essays in Honor of Tohfa Handoussa, Volume 1 is an anthology of scholarly essays selected and compiled by Zahi A. Hawass, Khaled A. Daoud, and Sawsan Abd El-Fattah about Egypt's archaeological history and unearthed artifacts, written in honor of award-winning Egyptologist Tohfa Handoussa. Black-and-white photography and diagrams illustrate this in-depth dissection of archaeological finds, and what the latest discoveries have to contribute to modern theories about ancient Egyptian society. The result is an excellent, extraordinary resource and a welcome addition to college library Egyptology shelves, and a superb compendium of source material for anyone with a serious interest in Egypt's ancient history.
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendor of Egypt 6 Dec 2012
By Stephen E. Burklund - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received this book and reviewers who commented on the physical heft of this book were right. I was startled by the actual size. The images are large and splendid. I have not read the text and cannot judge the writing but the large photos filling the pages are wonderful. I've been sitting here holding the book with a massive grin and unable to contain my delight I had to write this review.
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