Beautifully illustrated and lavishly produced this book represents a major new study of the great pyramid. Scholarly، yet in a style accessible to the layman، Romer offers new insights into the design and construction of the pyramid، arguing that contrary to received wisdom، the monument was built to one central plan. He also places the design and construction process firmly in its time، throwing light on Egyptian society in the age of King Khufu. "Perhaps the greatest praise is that I would have been extremely pleased to have written it myself!" - Ian Shaw.
Editorial Reviews From Publishers Weekly The largest and most precise stone building in the world and a feat of Bronze Age technology، the Great Pyramid of Giza was built around 2478 B.C. in the reign of King Khufu. But how did the Great Pyramid's makers go about their daily work? what were their timetables، their ambitions? Transposing to Giza some known facts about the building rates of the Red Pyramid during the reign of Khufu's father، Sneferu، archeologist Romer (Great Excavations) concludes that it would have taken 14 years to build the Great Pyramid and that a nationwide workforce of around 21،000 was employed during the first year of construction and almost half that number as it approached completion. Taking traditional Egyptologists to task، Romer warns readers against swallowing the "myth" that the Great Pyramid was built by a mindless rural labor force kidnapped from distant villages and enslaved by a bureaucracy governed by talented noblemen. Instead، he posits that the workers were intelligent and inventive. Moreover، the author believes that the builders worked from a single construction plan، a "hidden logic" denied by many scholars but that he claims he alone has recovered. Romer is a bracing writer with attitude to spare، yet highly technical data render this volume more suitable to architects than lay readers.
Hardcover: 564 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 30، 2007) Language: English Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.7 inches