Item description for The Mysteries of Abu Simbel: Ramesses II and the Temples of the Rising Sun by Zahi Hawass & Farouk Hosni...
The temples of Abu Simbel have fascinated travelers since they became known to the Western world in the nineteenth century. And since the 1960s when the rising waters created by the Aswan High Dam threatened to engulf the site, visitors' imaginations have been captivated by the elaborate international rescue operation, described by the author as ''a great moment that no one will ever forget: the most advanced technology of the twentieth century was used to save one of the most amazing achievements of a civilization that preceeded it by 3,300 years.'' Prepared by one of the world's best-known Egyptologists, Dr. Zahi Hawass, this lavishly illustrated book is the ideal companion on a visit to the unique monuments of Abu Simbel.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2001
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774246233 ISBN13 9789774246234
Availability 0 units.
More About Zahi Hawass & Farouk Hosni
Zahi Hawass has an academic affiliation as follows - Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt Ministry of State for Antiquitie.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Mysteries of Abu Simbel: Ramesses II and the Temples of the Rising Sun?
A Must-Have book for amateur Egyptologists ! Aug 4, 2006
..... The world's top Egyptologist takes you to the most exciting temple in Egypt !! ..... Ever since my first trip to Egypt in 1985, Abu Simbal has been my favorite place. The huge temples carved out of the mountainside, (which were moved when the Aswan High Dam was built), are incredable works of art and architecture. ..... This book aptly illustrates the beauty of the 60 - foot states of Rameses the Great, and his beloved wife, Nefertari...and Dr. Zahi Hawass brings to life the stories depicted in the carvings inside the temples. ..... There are also the photos of the 4 statues in the sanctuary of the larger temple, which are illuminated by the rising sun twice a year....... Dr. Hawass, the Director of the Egyptian Antiquities Department, brilliantly captures the wonder of this event in this book. ..... If you can't get to Egypt, and Abu Simbal, in person, this book is the next best thing.
Mysteries of Abu Simbel Feb 20, 2006
The book by Zahi Hawass has a lot of information packed into it which I was surprised for such a small (88 pgs) book. It covers the history of Seti I- Rameses II dynasty, the UNESCO project to protect the Nubian monuments in the 1960s. The Aswan High Dam, the temples given away and where they are today. What was moved - to where. Even the Nubian Museum which opened about 10 years ago. Many books were written on this topic before the work was done, it is good to find one that elaborates exactly what WAS done as opposed to advancing theories. Excellent book.
useful guide May 8, 2002
This book is an introduction about Nubia, the region where Abu Simbel is located. The author describes and discusses the High Dam and the Unesco campaign to save the temples; he provides details concerning the Sound And Light project. He then provides a brief summary of Ramses II's life and family. Various sections of Nubian temples are briefly described. Hawass also discusses the architecture of two beautiful rock-cut temples, and examines scenes covering walls. Maps, plans, illustrations and color photographs complete this useful and enjoyable guide, recommended for everyone.