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The Egyptian Pyramids


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The late J.P. Lepre lived in Providence, Rhode Island.


Lepre, who has spent 15 years studying the pyramids through written sources and on-site investigation, is not an Egyptologist. His renditions of Egyptian chronology, kings, hieroglyphics, and other staples of the study of ancient Egypt are pieced together from numerous sources at his own discretion. For example, following Greek historian Herodotus rather than modern scholarship, he names Beby (not Djoser) as first king of Dynasty III and goes on to assign him ten pyramids with the caveat, `` . . . although it is unlikely that Beby built all ten of these pyramids, we include them in his portfolio for lack of a better arrangement.'' The subject would be better served had he written his observations of the structures as journal articles, rather than this version of what began as personal reference material. Laypersons should be directed to such standard references as I.E.S. Edwards's The Pyramids of Egypt (Penguin, 1987. reprint). Skip this one.--Joan W. Gart land, Detroit P.L.

"brilliant...highly recommend[ed]"--Ancient Egypt and World History; "an essential reference work...comprehensive"--Choice; "brings together much of the known archaeological and architectural information"--College & Research Library News.

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