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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, useful book, 28 Jan 2004
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Enigma "Enigma-85" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Pyramids (Paperback)
Quite a comprehensive book; along with some full-colour image inserts of some of the pyramids, temples, texts and statues, The Pyramids also uses detailed diagrams to provide a comprehensive, traditional reference guide to the pyramids. It offers no controversial theories as to their usage, it is simply an excellent, well-written collection of facts and mainstream theories. Ideal for study on a personal or educational level - I find it indispensable.
It serves it's apparent purpose well - to provide facts - and the colour photographs contained on certain glossy pages are of high quality and demonstrate the true beauty of some of Egypt's ancient monuments. The diagrams dotted around where need be are also very useful, very informative -they allow you to see what certain descriptions contained within the text are referring to.
An all-round excellent book, in terms of usefulness, overall quality, the gorgeous images and informative, well-written narrative.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the pyramids turned inside out, 3 May 2002
This review is from: The Pyramids: Their Archaeology and History (Hardcover)
i bought this book to research the great pyramids of giza ~ i could not put it down. Verner certainly knows his stuff and what he knows as fact he states as fact. where things are conjecture ~ he tells u they are conjecture. A true historian.
his references are true to primary source + so believable and the illustrations are marvellous. i was a bit disappointed in the photographs ~ i felt they could have been better: but, ah well, i cant have everything.
having seen the artifacts of the louvre, the british museum and the great egyptian museum of cairo ~ this book brought it all back to life. from the rocky plateau of giza to the sandy wastes of saqqara.
i will be certainly looking out + buying more of verner's books. im so glad i found this author
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of details, 6 April 2011
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Hansen (Copenhagen, Denmark) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Pyramids (Paperback)
Surprisingly few serious books on the pyramids are available in the market today. Most of what has been written is stuffed with nonsense on aliens in UFO's or strange mathematical theories having the pyramid dimensions yield very precise results based on very unprecise measurements.
Miroslav Verner, together with old I. E. S. Edwards, do not waste the readers' patience with this kind of rubbish, but stick to established historical and achaeological facts. The pyramid is a hugely interesting subject in itself. Egypt was a society which over hundreds of years spent large fractions of the national income just on building tombs for the rulers and on running and maintaining the accompanying temples and other edifices of worship. No doubt a civilisation with a frame of mind so utterly different from what we are used to in the world of today.
Verner's book consists of short chapters with a summary of each pyramid-building dynasty, and thereafter the longer descriptions of each and every tomb complex found and excavated. A lot of the information is of course deeply fascinating, but somehow the listing of all the known details on each and every funerary temple: "red granite niches, white limestone tiles, etc. etc" becomes a bit tedious to read. One would have preferred a little more information on the pyramids themselves, especially on the methods of construction, which are alluded to verbally, but the descriptions lack the support of some illustrative sketches. During the history of the pyramids, there was a steady development in the way they were built, culminating with the great Khufu pyramid, and later on turning into cheaper and less durable designs. This in itself is a very interesting story, but not much in focus in Verner's book.
Apart from this minor complaint, it must be said that Verner's book is very nice, with well-written text, beautiful colour photos and lots and lots of small black & white illustrations & sketches intermingled with the text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply unavoidable for true aspiring Egyptologists, 20 July 2009
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Luc Pierson (Flanders (Belgium)) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Pyramids: Their Archaeology and History (Hardcover)
This is a deeply serious scientific work on the pyramids of Egypt (no pseudo-science like things on pyramidology !).
Because the book has little of visual spectacular things to show, it is not designed for only general (tourist) interest on Egyptian pyramids.
Frankly I don't know how someone can remain only superficially interested in Egypt, once you tip your tow in the old Nile civilisation...
So if the virus for Egypt (amateur or professional Egyptology) has caught on to some degree, you just need to possess, to use and to have read this scientific book.
The man is Czech and is a MONUMENT of MODERN EGYPTOLOGY (serious writing and research on pyramids). He is equal to Mark Lehner or John Romer (and you have of course older famous names on pyramids as well like I.E.S Edwards). Verner's (team) excavations of recent times esp. in Aboe Sir are of unmatched importance to this science. The book is well written and covers all main pyramid knowledge in detail, but is not as 'visual' as Lehner's book 'The Complete Pyramids'. Most people probably would prefer Mark Lehner's book, but if you open up to the 'eternal call' of this mankind-culture in its strongest and oldest form, you need and want this book badly as well!!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pyramids of the Ancient Egypt, 15 Mar 2002
This review is from: The Pyramids: Their Archaeology and History (Hardcover)
It is the definitive book on the subject.Great text,clear illustrations.
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