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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. map

Cost: Free

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.

Event Organizer: Markham Public Library
Telephone: 905-513-7977 extension 5553
Email Contact: bshaw@markham.library.on.ca
Website Address: www.markhampubliclibrary.ca



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