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Egyptomania

Monday, November 25, 2013

Bob Brier, one of the world's foremost Egyptologists, discusses our 3,000-year-old fixation with recovering Egyptian culture and its meaning. His book Egyptomania draws on his personal collection and is an inventive and mesmerizing tour of how an ancient civilization endures in ours today.

Guests:

Bob Brier

Comments [10]

Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

@ Amy from Manhattan: Notwithstanding, I'd think I'd want to keep as much of the body intact as possible, just in case. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. :-)

Nov. 25 2013 01:06 PM
Amy from Manhattan

T&B, I don't think the ancient Egyptians (or any ancient peoples) knew what the brain actually did. I've read that the Greeks thought consciousness resided in the belly.

Nov. 25 2013 12:57 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Are the menhirs found in parts of Europe at all related to Egyptian obelisks? (OK, yes, I am thinking of Obelix in "Asterix the Gaul"!)

Nov. 25 2013 12:53 PM
Miscellaneous from NYC

@ Ed from Larchmont:

You need to get your nose out of your bible and deal with real world subjects. We are talking history here, and not every issue in history was covered in the bible.

Nov. 25 2013 12:51 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Sorry, I meant cuneiform and not sanskrit. My mistake.

Nov. 25 2013 12:49 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I would think that if one were to come back in life after death, one would want one's brain, no? So wouldn't it be easier just to dehydrate it, but leave it in place?

Nov. 25 2013 12:47 PM
genejoke from Brooklyn

"We had Egyptian Isis, and now we have Italian ices." (rimshot)
Thank you! I'll be here all week.

Nov. 25 2013 12:45 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The alphabet that all western alphabets rest on was created in Canaan/Phoenicia. The Canaanite alphabet starts with the letters "aleph" and "bet" the first two letters of the Canaanite/Hebrew alphabet which spread to the West, to the Greeks, Romans, etc.

Now the older Egyptian and other writing systems were pictographs, i.e., the hieroglyphics and sanskrit, etc. They were very hard for the masses to learn and only used by the priests. The invention of the alphabet with its 26-28 letters by the Canaanites/Pheonicians made learning to read and write much easier for the masses to learn. So even any child can learn to read and write at a very early age.

Nov. 25 2013 12:45 PM
Ed from Larchmont

I had thought that Egypt played a role only at the time of the Exodus, but they played a continuing role even at the time of the Captivity, etc. The Israelites were tempted to turn to Egypt for protection, and not to God, and did, with bad results.

Nov. 25 2013 09:36 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Could the speaker please comment on the place Egypt in the Bible and salvation history, the land of Ham.

Nov. 25 2013 09:33 AM

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