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  • Hardcover: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815708
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 9.1 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An exhaustive study. . . . demonstrating the powerful spiritual and philosophical heritage of ancient Egyptian civilization. -- Publishers Weekly, Nov30/1998

In The Temple of Man, renowned Egyptologist R.A. Schwaller De Lubicz offers an exhaustive study of the temple of Amun-Mut-Khonsu at Luxor. In over 1000 pages of text, illustrations and photographs, De Lubicz demonstrates the powerful spiritual and philosophical heritage of ancient Egyptian civilization. -- Publishers Weekly

In the first Renaissance, the Florentines went back to the knowledge of the ancient Greeks. In this, our planetary Renaissance, we return to the esoteric knowledge of the Egyptians. The research and intuitions of Schwaller de Lubicz should be placed alongside Evans-Wentz's recovery of the esoteric knowledge of Tibet. -- William Irwin Thompson, author of At the Edge of History

Le Temple de l'homme by Schwaller de Lubicz is an absolute must for all who are interested in the search for the truth about Ancient Egypt and its pivotal place in the unfolding of the cosmic drama and the human quest for immortality and spiritual perfection. For years we have all waited for an English translation. Here it is at last! -- Robert G. Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids and Message of the Sphinx

Schwaller de Lubicz is one of the major thinkers of the twentieth century--his greatness, alas, still not fully recognized, although readers who know Sacred Science and Symbol and the Symbolic treasure them as masterpieces. But his greatest and most massive achievement is The Temple of Man, surely one of the seminal works of the last half century. The news that it is to be finally published in English will delight all admirers of this highly original philosopher. -- Colin Wilson, author of The Outsider and The Philosopher's Stone

Schwaller de Lubicz's great work, grounded in a remarkable insight into the science and philosophy of the ancient world, opens the way to a complete reappraisal of Egyptian civilization, revolutionizing our view of history. -- John Michell, author of The New View Over Atlantis

Schwaller's grand synthesis reveals, once and for all, the full extent and significance of the knowledge of Ancient Egypt. -- Parabola

Schwaller's text demands that it not be just read, but that it be "thought along with." His scientific writings contain poetic and spiritual insights that touch the soul . . . because true science, as he conceives it, is capable of generating those insights--indeed, it demands that they be generated. -- Gnosis Magazine

This astonishing and monumental book helps us understand not only the greatness of Egypt, but the depths of the human soul as well. The work of Schwaller de Lubicz stands in our time as an unsurpassed blending of objective scholarship and profound spiritual and philosophical vision. -- Jacob Needleman, author of Time and the Soul

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R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887--1961) was one of the most important philosophers, mathematicians, and Egyptologists of this century. His elucidation of the temple at Luxor and his presentation of the Egyptian understanding of a special quality of innate consciousness form a bridge that links the sacred science of the Ancients to its rediscovery in our own time.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Brightman on 15 Feb 2000
Format: Hardcover
Written by a man with a brain as big as a planet, this must be one of the most important esoteric works of the 20th century. It's a difficult read but then we're dealing with a highly abstruse subject - the unified philosophy upon which the whole of Egyptian civilisation, religion, art and architecture was based.
This beautifully-produced two-volume set explains in over 1,000 pages just why ancient Egypt was so much greater than we realise, and how the Egyptians used advanced mathematical and geometrical concepts long before the Greeks.
Makes most of today's New Age offerings look like Noddy and Big Ears Go to Toytown!
Essential reading for any serious student of the Egyptian Mysteries. I recommend reading it in tandem with John Anthony West's Serpent in the Sky, which explains Schwaller's concepts in plain English.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Lane on 9 Nov 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have to admit, I'm still in the process of studying this book, and it's taken me a good long while to get to where I'm at - about a third of the way through volume one! Nevertheless, the joy I have felt at understanding what is written and the subsequent expansion of my imagination caused by this man's train of thought is a compelling reason to share a few words.
It's strength I believe lies in the immense interest it generates from just a few paragraphs in. I am not an intellectual, and I don't believe (in fact i'm sure it would be a hinderance) that you need to have an exhaustive understanding of everything to get this book, it would very much help to have just a staunch curiosity. Having said that, a little understanding of science- especially physical science- will be a benefit to you.
Furthermore, you can say that ignorance is the lack of consideration (whether voluntary or not) of details in situations, and so this being an attempt to unveil the truths of the Egyptian thinking - we have a lot of details!
Perhaps uniquely for this level of detail is the consideration of the psychology of our deductive scientific processing of phenomena. It effectively remodels our sense of correct thinking with regard to our comprehension of mathematics, truth, and nature, in essence everything. This 'everything' sounds daunting, but if you consider that you carry 'yourself' to every situation whether you consider truth, mathematics, or phenomena in nature, then the emphasis is pretty singular. Being able to receive this instruction to reconstruct a better learning base from these pages, is THE biggest of problems to surmount.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Mitchell on 29 May 2009
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In every respect this is not an ordinary book. As an oversized two volume work in a massive slipcase it announces itself as extraordinary. As an attempt to delve deeply and truthfully into the depths of ancient Kamitic thought it is indespensible. This is the kind of work that excites. Not some dreary arrid exploratory of this remarkable ancient culture as so many books written on the subject are, it challenges orthodoxy by demonstrating at once the high science, philosophy and culture which was a massive contribution to the development of later civilisations. It opens the door on the unicity of so many different academic disciplines expressed with great skill as simultaneous in its application and it glides to the heart of the matter in terms of the development of human achievement. very much this book is about 'Man know thyself'. This to me is the answer to the riddle of god, the universe and our relationship to all those elements.The god that is within us all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vanya on 2 May 2014
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This is an impesssive looking book, and the content is as impressive as the physical two volume book. Normally I sit on the other side of the table from some of what Schwaller De Lubicz writes, but it is very clear that he is no lightweight poser or even outright charlatan that these days infests the study and interpretation of Ancient Egypt. The author is highly intelligent and has put much thought into this book, and he has made a genuine attempt to get inside the minds of Ancient Egyptians and make sense of them. Whether or not anybody agrees or disagrees with his findings, in whole or in part, and I agree in part, his honesty, his obvious belief in what he writes has to be admired. I gave five stars not because I agree with him, for in many areas I do not, but because this really is a fantastic book, and he does raise some questions that are not addressed by conventional Egyptology. There is, as is human nature, a certain pompous stuffyness with some conventional Egyptologists and, it is sad to say, true that some have closed minds or an inability to see beyond dry facts. Now, facts are important, otherwise we become overwhelmed by nonsense about "ancient aliens", "banned history" and any number of bizarre theories about pyramids. However, what is sometimes lacking is a rational attempt to get inside the minds of people long dead. This book provides that. Now, some honesty from me, I have a double meaning in the title of my review. I certainly do think that skeptics etc should be prepared to "think outside the box", but this book, magnificent as it is, is, rather unfortunately, a template for the miriad fringe books about Ancient Egypt that have appeared in the decades since Schwaller De Lubicz's days.Read more ›
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