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Alumni Travel Reading: Egypt & The Nile

Women in Ancient Egypt

Valley of the Kings

Tomb, Valley of the Kings, Egypt.  Image by Shelby Root.  Obtained on flickr with Creative Commons license.

Egyptian Mythology

Temple of Karnak

Karnak Temple Column, photograph by Dennis Jarvis.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.

Hieroglyphics

Egypt & The Nile

City of Aswan and the Nile River, Egypt.  Photograph by Christian Junker.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.

Bibliographer

 
Selected and Annotated By:
 
David Giovacchini
Middle East Studies Librarian
 
Website Edited By:
 
Kelsey LeClair
Specialist in Classical Studies
Administrative Assistant, Penn Libraries

 

Ancient Egyptian Cuisine

Historical Fiction

Children's Fiction

The Nile at Night

Tráfico nocturno en El Cairo, photograph by Guillén Pérez.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.

Egypt Online

 

For those wanting a web experience there is no better site than “Ancient Egypt Online”.  It has concise but fact-filled entries for hieroglyphics, the gods and goddesses of Egypt, society, monuments, chronology and more. There are also many maps. Fun and informative.

 


Pyramid of Khafre, photograph by Dennis Jarvis.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license

Cairo

Aerial View of Cairo, photograph by Andrew A. Shenouda.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.

Cairo Tower across the Nile.  Photograph by Jolianne.  Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.

History of Egypt

Egypt in Film

Film poster for the 1932 film The Mummy.  Employee(s) of Universal Pictures, attributed to Karoly Grosz.  Image is public domain; obtained on Wikimedia Commons.


“The Mummy”, directed by Karl Freund; produced by Carl Laemmele Jr; starring Boris Karloff. (Universal Pictures, 1932).

Call Number: DVD 012 264

This horror classic is also one of the best films made about both ancient and early twentieth century Egypt. The lengthy flashback sequence in which Karloff’s high priest Imhotep narrates his illicit love affair, and subsequent arrest and execution by embalming manages to catch the stifling ceremony and brute savagery of Pharaoh’s court. The scenes of the excavation of Imhotep’s tomb manage to give a realistic depiction of archeological practices of the day and to capture the sinister, brooding, dreamlike quality of the ancient ruins themselves.