A wealth of art and architectural treasures survive from Ancient Egypt-a civilization that endured from the fourth millennium B.C. to the conquest of Alexander the Great. In this book, Ancient Egyptian monuments, their decorations, and many other works of art are reproduced in more than four hundred beautiful illustrations.
The Ancient Egyptians in their tombs attempted to recreate life for the dead in a naturalistic way, often against the background of the landscape in which they lived. This book shows the tombs at Thebes, including the treasure-filled burial place of Tutankhamen, the temples of Luxor and Karnak, and the palaces of Akhenaten at Tell el Amarna and of Amenhotep III at Thebes. It also presents many revealing portraits depicting a range of subjects from the kings and queens who built the pyramids at Giza and Saqqara to their own civil servants.
The late W. Stevenson Smith was curator of the Egyptian Department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. William Kelly Simpson succeeded W. Stevenson Smith in that position. He is also professor of Egyptology at Yale University and co-director of the Pennsylvania-Yale Expedition to Egypt.