Abu Simbel and the Nubian Temples (Book published December 10


Book Details

Author  Nigel Fletcher-Jones
Publisher  The American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date   December 10, 2019
ISBN  977416878X
Pages  190

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The three-thousand-year-old rock-cut temples at Abu Simbel and the story of their rescue from the rising waters of Lake Nasser in the 1960s are almost as familiar worldwide as the tale of the gold funerary mask and brief life of the boy king Tutankhamun. Yet although they remain among the most celebrated, visited, and photographed archaeological sites in the world, the lower Nubian temples―from Philae in the north to Abu Simbel in the south―are some of the least understood by the visitor.

In this lucidly written, beautifully illustrated book, Nigel Fletcher-Jones places the temples in their historical context, telling the story of the discovery of the Abu Simbel temples, and why and how they were moved, explaining what the Nubian temples teach us about ancient Egypt, which gods and goddesses were worshiped there, and the place of Rameses II in the long line of ancient Egyptian kings and queens.

With over 80 new photographs, diagrams, and maps, and packed with fascinating insights, Abu Simbel and the Nubian Temples is an ideal introduction to one of the world’s great regions of archaeological splendor.

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