By Miroslav Verner
At the heart of the world-famous pyramid box of the Memphite necropolis there lies a gaggle of pyramids, temples, and tombs named after the within reach village of Abusir. lengthy overshadowed by way of the extra normal pyramids at Giza and Saqqara, this quarter has still been the positioning, for the final 40 years, of an in depth operation to find its past.
This intriguing new book—richly endowed with black-and-white historic images, colour plates of latest paintings, and informative illustrations—at final files the uncovering through a devoted staff of Czech archaeologists of a hitherto ignored wealth of old is still relationship from the previous country to the overdue interval. this is often Abusir, realm of Osiris, God of the useless, and its tale is considered one of either smooth archaeology and the long-buried mysteries that it seeks to discover.
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Temple of Hathor; 9. Colossus of Ramesses II; 10. Temple of Ramesses II; 11. Alabaster Sphinx (perhaps of Amenhotep II); 12. Palace of Merenptah. A major contribution to the development of the Temple of Ptah was made by Ramesses II, from whose reign date a number of the parts of the building that have so far been uncovered. These include the hypostyle hall and the South Gate, on which colossal statues of the pharaoh once stood accompanied by other figures. Work on extending the Temple of Ptah proceeded into the Ptolemaic Dynasty.
The Bent Pyramid. Dahshur (photo: Milan Zemina). It seems incredible that Sneferu had yet another pyramid built, although this was much smaller than the preceding ones. It stands in Seila, perhaps ten kilometers west of the Meidum pyramid, on a small hill overlooking the depression of the Fayyum Oasis. This pyramid had no inner or underground chambers and was not planned as a tomb but probably simply as a symbol of royal power. 6 million cubic meters, a building record which none of the Egyptian pharaohs were ever to overtake.
Iv–v Blocks with fine reliefs protruding from the sand. Revealed recently by Zahi Hawass at Sahure’s causeway (photo: Kamil Voděra). p. vi Princess Khekeretnebty looking on as her funerary offerings are brought to her. Mastaba of Khekeretnebty. Wall painting. End of the Fifth Dynasty. Abusir (photo: Kamil Voděra). In Egyptian they called it Per Usir, “the Realm of Osiris”. The Greeks took this into their language as Busiris, which led to the Arabic name of Abusir. Contents Preface CHAPTER I In the Shadow of Memphis CHAPTER II Abusir—the Rise of a Royal Necropolis CHAPTER III Under the Sign of the Sun CHAPTER IV The Royal Mother CHAPTER V The Secret of the Unfinished Pyramid CHAPTER VI The Testimony of the Papyrus Archives CHAPTER VII The Dazzling Career of the Royal Hairdresser CHAPTER VIII The Traitor’s Tomb?
Abusir. Realm of Osiris by Miroslav Verner