Published: 28/07/2016
ISBN: 9781785891403
Format: Paperback

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Temples Along the Nile
by Sarah Symons

Nowhere on earth has a river like the Nile played such an important role in preserving the life of an entire nation...

Temples Along the Nile transports the reader down the Nile to visit the concentration of the best-preserved temples in the world, with vivid descriptions of the wonderful wall paintings and carvings to be found there – some in near-perfect condition, even after thousands of years.

The Ramesseum was certainly a lasting memorial to the great Ramses II, and although there was very little left of the interior apart from the very decorative columns, the temple still provided the visitor with a wealth of interest, with the spirit of Ramses dominating every single corner…

Perhaps the most interesting sites explored in the book are the iconic rock temples of Ramses II and his queen, Neferatari, at Abu Simbel. The pharaohs were believed to have been chosen by the gods themselves, and as such, the temples serve as fitting tributes to those who were held in such high regard by the Ancient Egyptian population.

Readers will also discover how the temples functioned at the time of the pharaohs, as priests would carry out daily rituals of purification in the presence of the gods and goddesses. Finally, the book concludes with a lesson on how these extraordinary temples were saved from being flooded by the creation of the vast reservoir Lake Nasser.

Temples Along the Nile provides a fascinating glimpse into Ancient Egyptian history. It will appeal to both amateur and professional historians, as well as those with an interest in world travel.

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