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Valley of the Kings: The Tombs and the Funerary Temples of Thebes West [Hardcover]

Kent R. Weeks , Araldo De Luca
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25 Nov 2011
The Valley of the Kings and the region of Luxor are home to some of the greatest Archaeological treasures not only in Egypt but in the whole world. This book accompanies the reader on a journey of discovery to the magnificently decorated tombs of the Pharaohs and Queens of the new kingdom and their monumental funerary temples. With the aid of superb photographs and drawings, it is possible to reconstruct the events of the New Kingdom that led to the building of the royal tombs and, consequently, to understand the civilisation and culture of ancient Egypt, the sequence of its dynasties, and its famous Pharaohs whose presence influenced the ancient history of the West. This volume is a compendium of the most advanced archaeological research carried out on the west bank of the Nile but also, thanks to the skills of the narrators and the quality of the illustrations, a fascinating journey into the ancient heart of a country that has always been at the centre of human history.

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  • Hardcover: 326 pages
  • Publisher: White Star (25 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8854406295
  • ISBN-13: 978-8854406292
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 21.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kent R.Weeks is Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and Director of the Theban Mapping Project. He is the discoverer of KV5, the tomb of the sons of Rameses II in the Valley of the Kings, and the author of numerous books and articles. Araldo De Luca is currently considered one of the world's finest art photographers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book with fabulous illustrations 22 July 2013
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"Valley of the Kings" is published by the Italian publishing house White Star Books, which specialises in picture books in large format.

It is illustrated by numerous pictures, drawings and maps. All illustrations are in colour - except a few old pictures, which are in black-and-white. Most pictures are taken by the Italian photographer Araldo de Luca, who has worked with White Star for many years.

One drawing is made by the French scholar Emile Prisse d'Avennes (p. 44). For more information about this man and his work see: Atlas of Egyptian Art.

Some drawings are made by the Italian scholar Ippolito Rosellini (pp. 26-27, 42-43). For more information about this man and his work see: The Monuments of Egypt and Nubia.

The quality of the illustrations is high. The details are sharp and the colours bright. Several pictures are taken from the air. You can not do this yourself, unless you can afford to rent a helicopter or a hot air balloon. Many pictures are taken inside the ancient tombs. You cannot do this yourself, because ordinary visitors are not allowed to use a camera inside the ancient tombs. The pictures published in this book are the result of a special permit issued by the Egyptian authorities.

The book is edited by Kent R. Weeks, who is Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and the author of several books, including The Treasures of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings (2005).

The text is written by the editor and seven other scholars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a stunning book, full of fabulous photos of internal views of a lot of the tombs that are normally inaccessable to the public ( unless you can pay a lot of money to see them!) Kent Weeks has been excavating the famous KV5 Tomb since the mid '80s, that was built we now know, for the sons of Rameses the second. It is great to see photos of this project in more detail.

There is a so much well researched information; a must for Egyptophiles! Super book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Account 28 Aug 2013
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My wife and I were sunning ourselves on the Red Sea in Egypt recently and we had the chance of a road trip to the Valley of Kings and Luxor, so we took it - our second visit, but so worthwhile. It's really difficult to tell if what local sellers offer you is any good when you're being hustled and there seems to be an agreement that the sites themselves don't sell guides or books, as far as I could tell, so as soon as we got back I searched for a good book about the whole area.
This was my selection - even with "Look Inside" there's no absolute guarantee of consistent quality but this book is a marvellous pictorial record and also a very readable history.
Oddly, both my wife and I independently placed the same book in our Basket after running the same search at different times!
I was first to submit an order and just happened to mention that I'd ordered this book, much to my wife's surprise, but who would dare doubt the choice of two ancient world junkies like us?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best photo guide 23 April 2013
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I'll state right swat, I love the valley of the kings, in a 3 year period, I visited the valley 15 or 20 uimes. The problem was back then, 1993, there were no proper guides just to the valley. There was a small guide to Luxor which included the west bank, and Baedeker and others included the valley, but not user friendly.
For reading good histories, John rohmers valley of the kings is still the best general historical piece for beginners, with ancient lives telling the stories of the tomb builders. Wilkinsons mthe complete valley of the kings is a good review of thebthen known tombs, but is more on the scholastic. Kent weeks atlas of the valley of the kings is essentially plans of the valley and all the tombs.
This book is, as far as I'm aware, the only guide to the tombs and temples of the west bank. Is is about a4 un size, easy to read texts and magnificent colour photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 18 Aug 2013
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A lovely book to browse through - the pictures are stunning, and fold out imges of the interior of the tombs are great. Love that it does not just focus on the royal men of egypt but their queens as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valley of the Kings 8 Mar 2013
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Beautifully presented book and as would be expected, from Kent Weeks, great details in the writing. A book to suit most 'wana-a-be' Egyptologist.
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