Last night, quite by accident, I found myself watching The man who discovered Egypt, an hour-long documentary on the founder of modern archaeology (and Egyptology), Flinders Petrie. For the first time in a long time I watched a TV programme all the way through. It was excellent! Ancient Egypt was vandalised by tomb raiders and [...]
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I wonder how many of us know the name of Archduke Rainer? Very few, I would imagine. Yet he played an important part in the history of Egyptology. Archduke Rainer (1827-1913) was an Austrian nobleman, some time Prime Minister of Austria. He is notable for his collection of Egyptological items. In particular his collection of [...]
Jason Colavito has done something great, and something sensible. He has translated all the passages in al-Maqrizi’s al-Khitat which relate to the pyramids of Egypt and placed them online: Ancient astronaut proponent Giorgio Tsoukalos claims that the fourteenth century Al-Khitat of Al-Maqrizi (1364-1442 CE) contains evidence that ancient astronauts assisted human beings in the construction [...]
As I understand it, Egyptian president Mubarak — a relatively mild ruler – fell from power because many Egyptians could not afford to buy bread. It was as simple as that. But the unrest has been very bad for the tourism industry, which is a major part of the money flowing into Egypt. That income dropped 30% [...]
Interesting article in al-Ahram on 13/12/2011: Salafist party vows to ban alcohol, beach tourism in Egypt Unlike Muslim Brotherhood, Nour Party promises blanket-ban on alcohol and beach tourism in event it takes power following polls. The Salafist Nour Party would enforce a ban on serving alcohol to foreigner nationals and Egyptian citizens alike if it came [...]
Alin Suciu has collected a bibliography of publications of works connected with the 4th century founder of Egyptian monasticism, St. Pachomius. He’s also linked to downloads. You know, five years ago you just couldn’t have got these books! The first on the list is a publication by Egyptologist E. Amelineau. Amelineau is a name that I came [...]
Dioscorus Boles, who comments regularly on Coptic materials here, has started his own blog here, discussing history and politics from a contemporary Coptic point of view.
I spent part of yesterday evening updating the Wikipedia article on Émile Amélineau. The old version described him as an archaeologist, but was oblivious to his work as a Coptologist. More seriously it was unaware of the very serious criticisms levelled against his excavation work at Abydos by the great Flinders Petrie. Petrie more or [...]
Last night a TV program showed a trip up the Nile as far as Khartoum. They stopped off at the pyramids at Meroe, which looked spectacular as always. Hunting around the web for some images, I stumbled across this page. It’s full of photos from a trip to Sudan, all excellent and evocative, and I really recommend [...]
While I was looking at the medieval Coptic history attributed to Abu Salih and in reality by Abu’l Makarim, I came across the publication of this work, complete, in four volumes by an Egyptian monk, Samuel al-Suryani. I haven’t ever managed to set eyes on a copy. Fr. Samuel went on to become a bishop, [...]