Egypt and Richard Pocock

The first major work devoted to Egyptian antiquities, became published in 1755 in London the book "Travel to Egypt". Its author was Richard Pocock (1704-1765). In 1737, Richard Pocock went to Egypt - the land of the Pharaohs has long attracted him for its monuments and riddles. Horse riding on a donkey, with a gun over his shoulder, he began to explore Egypt and got to Thebes - the legendary capital city, sung by Homer. By the time Thebes had in ruins. Richard Pocock examined the remains of the famous temples of Luxor and Karnak, and then moved to the west bank of the Nile - the Valley of the Kings, where, according to reports of the Roman geographer Strabo, was situated secret underground cemetery of the pharaohs.

In 1737, Richard Pocock went to Egypt - the land of the Pharaohs has long attracted him for its monuments and riddles

In the 18th century it was one of the most neglected parts of Egypt, inhabited by only a few gang of robbers. Egypt in the wilderness looked like extinct - there was nothing but sand and rocks. However, making his way between the almost vertical stone walls, Richard Pocock noticed on the left and right of the road some structures, some of which are supported by columns. Finally, after a long journey on horseback, Richard Pocock and his companions reached the open circular area, resembling an amphitheater. Here they began to climb down the narrow aisle stepped once carved into the rock. Climbing upstairs, Richard Pocock saw the mountains. In their surroundings lay mysterious and gloomy valley of the kings, in which seemed to live the spirits of the past...

In this way was discovered in Egypt the famous Theban necropolis that housed hundreds of tombs of the pharaohs. Here Richard Pocock studied only 14 royal tombs, making plans for the five of them, and sketched sketches outdoor galleries and chambers of four crypts. It was a sensation! So far in Europe archeologists thought that all the pyramids of Egypt like one another, and suddenly it turned out that there are at least three types of pyramids!

Book by Richard Pocock, which he written about Egypt living language and provided with beautiful illustrations, enjoyed great popularity among his contemporaries and still retains the value of historical document.