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The Great Pyramid
Why Was It Built? And Who Built It?


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Egyptology

  • Date Published: August 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108075787

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  • The publisher and author John Taylor (1781–1864), who took an interest in various antiquarian matters, published this work in 1859. Using the measurements taken by the seventeenth-century archaeologist John Greaves and by the French savants who had examined the Great Pyramid at Giza during Napoleon's Egyptian expedition, he deduced the existence of a 'pyramid inch' (fractionally longer than the British inch), which was one twenty-fifth of the so-called 'sacred cubit' and was derived from ancient astronomical and time-measurement observations; and as a convinced Christian, he concluded that the British inch was therefore divinely inspired. His work was very influential and had a considerable following (the astronomer Charles Piazzi Smyth's 1864 book on Our Inheritance in the Great Pyramid is also reissued in this series), but was later debunked by the more accurate surveys and measurements of Flinders Petrie, whose interest in Egypt was partly aroused by reading this book.

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    • Date Published: August 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108075787
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Exterior of the Great Pyramid:
    1. The pyramids of Gizeh
    2. Earliest measures of the base of the pyramid
    3. Various heights ascribed to the great pyramid
    4. Various estimates of the Greek foot
    5. The measure of the great pyramid according to Herodotus
    6. The cubit of Karnak
    7. The royal or Philetaerian foot
    8. The sacred cubit of the Jews
    9. Degrees, minutes, and seconds in the table of constants
    10. Diameter of the earth
    Part II. Interior of the Great Pyramid:
    11. General description of the interior of the great pyramid
    12. The king's chamber
    13. The pyramid coffer the standard of all measures
    14. The pyramid coffer the measure of the laver
    15. The pyramid coffer the standard of Grecian measures
    16. The pyramid coffer the standard of English measures
    17. English weights derived from English measures of capacity
    18. Grecian weights derived from Grecian measures of capacity
    19. English and French systems of metrology compared
    20. Etymological illustrations
    Part III. The Founders of the Great Pyramid:
    21. Introductory remarks
    22. The founders not the race of Ham
    23. These shepherds were an abomination to the Egyptians
    24. The founders of the great pyramid were the race of Shem
    25. Noah the probable originator of the work
    26. The earth divided in the days of Peleg
    27. The canal of Joseph
    28. The builders of the tower of Babel were of the race of Ham
    29. The great pyramid alluded to in the Book of Job
    30. The great pyramid alluded to in the Book of Psalms
    31. Origin of the Arabian language
    32. Arabian numerals preceded alphabetic writing

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    John Taylor

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