Complete Temples stands on its own as a great reference
book to the sun temples and mortuary temples in Egypt,
it is a fitting companion book to Complete Pyramids.
And, indeed, it is co-authored by Wilkerson
Like the previous book, Complete Temples is a complete
history of temple building, the evolution of temple
styles, and a brief look at the excavation of the
major temples in Egypt. It also contains a massive
gazetteer of the temples which can be used as a complete
Once again, it was the diagrams and maps that make
this book a great reference. Many of the temples that
you visit are in ruins, some no more than faint outlines
in the sand. Others have been moved or rebuilt. Some have been destroyed and the carefully reconstructed sites depicted
in the gazetteer give you a sense of what these massive
stone piles really looked like.
Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple, and a few other monumental temples
are covered in detail, but this does not mean that
the smaller, lesser known temples are shorted at all.
Dozens of small mortuary temples and chapels are described
and illustrated; some of the photos here are the first
I've seen of the more remote temples.