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Egyptian Travels: Giant statues at the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III

Posted by Jessica Shaw on

On a recent trip to Luxor, Egypt, I was in the backseat of a van on the way to Medinet Habu. I looked out the window and noticed two giant statues sitting in an open field by the road. Our guide turned the car around so we could get a closer look. This was the Colossi of Memnon and Amenhotep III.   The two 60 foot statues of Amenhotep III stand at the gates of the pharaoh's funerary temple. Behind the large statues, you can see that archeologists are working to excavate and reconstruct the rest of the temple. The...

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Egyptian History: Cats in Ancient Egypt

Posted by Steve Collins on

Ancient Egypt was cat country. The fertile Nile Valley and the arid surrounding desert were home to no less than seven species of cat, ranging from big cats like the great lion to the small desert cat that came to live with humans thousands of years ago. Cats, big and small, became an important part of daily life and religion in ancient Egypt.  Ancient Egyptians loved animals and kept many different species of cats. Lions were the companions of kings; nobles hunted with servals, caracals and cheetahs, while leopard skins clothed lector priests. Families viewed their cats as an essential...

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Egyptian Travel: The Temple of Hatshepsut

Posted by Jessica Shaw on

The Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahri, near Luxor, is one of the most extraordinary temples in all of Egypt. The entire structure was designed to blend in with the surrounding mountainous landscape. Hatshepsut was the female king of Egypt who adopted the full titles and regalia of a pharaoh.   But scenes on the walls of the Deir El-Bahri temple had deep red details. We were surprised to see the tree of life and palm trees because they were not common in the other temples we visited.  Hatshepsut's temple consists of three levels with steep stairs between the levels.  There are many...

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Egyptian Deity: The Scarab Beetle - Sun God Khepri

Posted by Steve Collins on

The scarab beetle is an iconic Egyptian deity with fascinating origins. The scarab was thought to have been born from a pile of dung making it a symbol of self-creation. Egyptians would watch the scarab push the dung and noticed it resembled the sun moving across the sky. Ancient Egyptians believed the scarab beetle was a manifestation of the Sun God Khepri. Because the sun would reappear the following day the scarab was known to symbolize rebirth. Scarabs were worn by the living as a powerful amulet for protection. They were also buried with the dead to help them on their...

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EGYPTIAN EXHIBITIONS: "EGYPT: THE TIME OF PHARAOHS"

Posted by Discoveries Inc. on

Visit the new exhibition, "Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs", at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. This showcase is local to us-- just 40 miles away! The exhibition promises "to transport you to the distant past to explore ancient Egyptian culture and the land of pharaohs".  Visit the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's website for more information and to purchase tickets: https://www.dmns.org/visit/exhibitions/egypt-the-time-of-pharaohs 

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