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Imhotep The African: Architect of the Cosmos

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  32 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In this ground-breaking book, Egyptologist Robert Bauval and astrophysicist Thomas Brophy uncover the mystery of Imhotep, and ancient Egyptian superstar, pharaonic Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, and Newton all rolled into one. Based on their research at the Step Pyramid Complex at Saqqara, Bauval and Brophy delve into observational astronomy to 'decode' the alignments ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Disinformation Company Ltd (first published September 1st 2013)
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L.A. Kelley
Oct 27, 2013 L.A. Kelley rated it it was ok
This book was a Goodreads giveaway. It is not for readers with a casual interest in Egyptology and little understanding of astronomical measurement. The authors rely heavily on computer programs recreating the ancient night sky to support their contention the alignment of the Step Pyramid Complex was due to Imhotep’s abilities as an ancient astronomer and interpreter of the stars. The book challenges many preexisting assumptions about Imhotep, even taking issue with Zahi Hawass, the ex-minister ...more
Andrew
Despite the title of the book there is little specific information about Imhotep. Instead there is much about the science linked to the design of the step Pyramid and complex at Saqqara. There is coverage of the archaeological site at Nabta Playa (in the Egyptian Sahara) with its link to the later dynastic period as well as the origins of the ancient Egyptians.

Overall this is an intriguing insight into the science of the early Egyptians and their origins. Saying that I was a little disappointed
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Michael  Starsheen
Mar 18, 2015 Michael Starsheen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting hypothesis

This book continues the hypothesis that the Predynastic people of ancient Egypt were Nubian cattle herders who moved into the Nile valley from the Sahara as it dried up around 3100BCE. There is not as much on Imhotep as might be expected, but the book is overall quite interesting. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the early days of ancient Egypt.
Taylor Troncin
Dec 27, 2015 Taylor Troncin rated it it was ok
Shelves: pre-2016-read
I won this book through a goodreads giveaway.

Honestly, I don't know what I was expecting.... But most of this seems to go over my head and really did not hit as many interests as what I had hoped. There were interesting aspects and I am glad to have added this book to my collection, but it is not likely that I would pick this book up again in the near future.
Nelli
Jun 26, 2015 Nelli rated it liked it
I won this book in Goodreads giveaway...

I found this book to be really interesting, but also hard to read because of some of the advanced concepts discussed. I put it down for a long time (almost a year) before picking it up again, and I had a hard time getting back into it. It's not an easy read. But quite interesting if you are willing to put in the time and thought.
Shannon
May 11, 2014 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind Blowing

Mind Blowing

A great read with so many facts and data to back all of his analysis'. Makes me proud to be of African decent!
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Robert Bauval was born in Egypt in 1948. A construction engineer, his interest in Egyptology is longstanding, having lived in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East for much of his life. In the 1980s, he developed a line of study linking the pyramids and the so-called Pyramid Texts with astronomy and famously published the best-selling The Orion Mystery. He has also written three books with best-s ...more
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