Few cultures have left behind as many immediately recognizable objects and buildings as ancient Egypt. The Great Pyramid and Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, the ‘Colossi of Memnon,’ the plaster bust of Nefertiti, the gold mask of Tutankhamun, the rock-cut temples at Abu Simbel, and the Rosetta Stone are all immediately recognizable. The exceptional beauty of ancient Egypt’s temples, tombs, and objects draw millions of people each year to Egypt and to museums around the world.
Treasures of Ancient Egypt tells the tale of many of these familiar places and riches—alongside many that are less familiar, but just as spectacular—framed by a lively and highly readable account of Egypt’s history from around 3000 BC to the death of Queen Cleopatra in 30 BC. Over 150 color photographs, including never-before-published images, complete this fascinating exploration of ancient Egypt’s unique culture and its contribution to world history and art.