Lately I’ve been taking an interest in the monuments of Mithras in Egypt. Apparently some are in the museum in Alexandria, while others come from Memphis and are in the Graeco-Roman room in the Cairo museum. I haven’t been very fortunate in finding images from either online. Is it possible that one or both of these museums discourages tourist photographs?
I’m quite tempted to fly out there and take some photos myself. It’s telling that a monument of the lion-headed god appears in various publications in the very same, low-grade, monochrome image! Clearly nobody has access to anything better. On the other hand all the flights that I could see, with British Airways and Egyptair, all fly out at the end of the day, to arrive near midnight. What’s that about, I wonder?
The hour changed last weekend, so everybody is jet-lagged (which is why I am writing this at 7:45 am; no sleep). But I intend to go over to Cambridge University Library late this afternoon, and photocopy an article in Mithras in Egypt, as well as a page from the CIMRM that was accidentally omitted from the PDF that I have.
Last night I managed to do a fix to the code behind the Mithras website, which should make image handling rather easier. Always so much to do!
A note arrived from the typesetter on the Origen volume. He’s working away on fixes to the footnoting, which went awry a revision or two back. Being a publisher is very hard work, let me tell you!