The Complete Temples of Ancient Egypt
- ISBN 9780500283967
- 25.40 x 19.10 cm
- 535 Illustrations, 173 in colour
- First published 2017
A fully illustrated survey of all Egypt’s temples, covering the secret rites and architectural wonders of these powerful and mysterious monuments from early pharaonic times to the Roman period
Now in paperback
The temples of ancient Egypt include the largest and some of the most impressive religious monuments the world has ever known. Mansions of the gods, models of Egypt and of the universe, focal points for worship, great treasure houses and islands of order in a cosmic ocean of chaos – the temples were all these things and more.
Richard Wilkinson traces their development from the earliest times, looking at every aspect of their construction, decoration, symbolism and function. From the Delta to Nubia, all of Egypt’s surviving temples – ranging from the gargantuan temple of Amun at Karnak, to minuscule shrines such as the oasis Oracle of Siwa, where Alexander went to hear himself proclaimed god – are discussed and illustrated here.
Richard H. Wilkinson is Regents Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona and founding director of the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition.