Category Archives: Egyptology

A Ptolemaic Tale of Lust and Abandonment

A take by Reeder = .. it is not coincidental that the Egyptian word muu, for the so-called muu dancers, … who were responsible for bringing the souls of the dead to the afterworld, referred to jesters, buffoons, and dwarfs (Budge, 1978; Faulkner, 1986), for these … Continue reading

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Grain Taxes and The Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS)

The manuscripts and archaeological remains from the Fayum have provided us with an important view of administration and life in Ptolemaic and Roman times in Egypt.  As the plan and photo of a granary in Karanis above shows, this was a region … Continue reading

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Crocodile Cartonnage and Classical Manuscripts – Tebtunis, Fayum-Egypt

At the end of the 19th century the classicists Bernard P. Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt  were comissioned by the Egyptologist George Reisner to conduct excavations for the University of California, Berkeley, in the Fayum, a semi-oasis that is located about 100 … Continue reading

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A Pickled Goose and Two Pillows – Cuisine and Comfort in Ptolemaic Egypt, 9 May 137 B.C.

Geese were very popular in ancient Egypt as food and also for the use of their grease and feathers.  As well, the Egyptian god Geb – called also ‘The Great Cackler’ figured centrally in ancient Egyptian religion: Notables and those with … Continue reading

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The Beautiful Coptic Murals in the Monastery of Surian in Egypt Revealed

Originally posted on DIOSCORUS BOLES ON COPTIC CULTURE & POLITICS:
One of the beautiful murals revealed at Deir Al-Surian in Wadi Al-Natrun in Egypt ? I would like to draw your attention to this important project of restoration by the…

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