Ancient Egypt Alive at Thornhill Community Centre Library
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Thornhill Community Centre Library
7755 Bayview Ave.
Mention the words ‘Ancient Egypt’ and people’s
eyes open wide in awe. The pyramids have, of course,
bedazzled visitors for more than four millenniums.
Ancient Greek historian Herodotus gazed upon them back
in the 5th Century BC. And, in more recent centuries,
visitors from all around the world have traveled up and
down the Nile, visiting the grand remains at Giza,
exploring the rock cut tombs on Luxor’s West Bank, and
gazed in awe at Tutankhamun’s famous golden mask in the
Egyptian Museum. In this lecture, we will explore the
Giza plateau and its pyramids, sail upstream to Luxor
and the Valley of the Kings and the workers to learn how
craftspeople and commoners once lived. We will even take
a sacred pilgrimage to Abydos to visit the great Temple
of Seti I and finish with a visit to Denderah, one of
Egypt’s best preserved temples. You will marvel at what
these monuments look like millenniums after their
construction, and also consider the current challenges
and opportunities faced these ancient wonders. Hop
aboard our felucca, friends, as we sail the Nile, which
Herodotus claimed was Egypt’s great gift.
Organizer: Markham Public Library
905-513-7977 extension 5553