The Pyramids of Egypt

The Pyramids of Egypt

The Pyramids of Egypt

The Pyramids of Egypt

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The following chapters are, in the first place, an attempt to describe some of the principal features of a number of Pyramids, nearly all of which were built over a period of about a thousand years. Only those Pyramids which illustrate most clearly the evolution and subsequent decline of that class of tomb are discussed in any detail, the remainder being merely mentioned in passing. The last chapter gives some account of the methods employed in construction and of the motives which prompted the Egyptian kings to adopt the Pyramid form.

Although I have visited, either before or during the war, most of the Pyramids described and have made use of notes which I recorded on their sites, a considerable part of the factual matter is, of necessity, taken from the published reports of the various archaeologists who have surveyed or excavated these monuments in the course of the past century. My debt to these archæologists and to the publishers of their reports will be apparent to every reader. Many of the interpretations given are also based on the works of previous writers; in some cases, however, I have ventured to offer explanations of my own.

I must here express my gratitude to the friends who have helped me in different ways when writing the book and, in particular, to John Cruikshank Rose, whose line-drawings are an indispensable adjunct to the text. Some of the drawings have been adapted in points of detail by Mr. Rose, either because direct reproductions from the publications in which they first appeared would have been unsuitable for the purpose of this book or because subsequent archæological discoveries have necessitated small adjustments. The authors of the books . . .

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