Upon entering the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) through its Queen’s Park doors, a marvel awaits the visitor in the rotunda above their heads. The ceiling contains thousands of glittering tiles that were installed with a new entrance when the museum was expanded in the early 1930s. When the museum opened the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal entrance in 2007, this ornate, original entrance was closed. Finally, in late 2017, the ROM decided to open its historic doors again. For this year’s World Heritage Day, the Nile Scribes take a closer look at this wondrous mosaic that showcases many world cultures.
We published the first part of a review of Assassin’s Creed: Origins in our last week’s blog, and the Nile Scribes have reinvited Emily Hotton to tell us about one of the more unique elements of the game, the Discovery Tour, which was unveiled by Ubisoft only a few months ago.
When Ubisoft announced that the sequel in their Assassin’s Creed series would be based in ancient Egypt, Egyptophiles around the world heard the news with much delight, including the Nile Scribes. Assassin’s Creed: Origins was released in October 2017, and our colleague, Emily Hotton, has written a review of the game for our blog. In a second installment, she takes a closer look at a new feature only released last month: Discovery Mode, which allows the player to explore the world without any of the dangers you experience in regular gameplay.
In our last blog, we wrote about the fun we had playing Imhotep: Builder of Egypt, an Egypt-themed game where players work together to build miniatures of Egyptian monuments like pyramids, temples, and obelisks. The creator of the game is Phil Walker-Harding, an Australian game designer who designed other popular games such as Sushi Go and Archaeology: The New Expedition. We met up with him by electronic owl mail and asked him about his inspiration for designing Imhotep.
Playing board games is a popular pastime and a great way for Egyptophiles to connect, whether they’re at home or in the field! The Nile Scribes are avid board game players and we want to share some Egypt-themed games that we have played with our readers. Our next game review is for Imhotep: Builder of Egypt, released in 2016, a game that is based around contributing to the construction of pyramids, obelisks, tombs, and temples. This game was designed by Phil Walker-Harding, who also designed Archaeology: The New Expedition, an Egyptology-focussed game we reviewed previously.
Museum Station, located on the eastern part of Toronto’s Bloor Street Cultural Corridor, conceals Egyptianising treasures from the eyes of passers-by on the street above. Its design for most of its life was like any other Toronto subway station – bland colours and a band running along the top with the name of the station. As the name indicates, the station was built to allow transit-takers to visit either the Gardiner Museum of Ceramics or the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Today, visitors using the station can marvel at columns decorated in the traditions of Canada’s First Nations as well as those of Ancient China, Egypt, Greece, and Mexico.
Just across from the Royal Ontario Museum, now on a busy, downtown street corner, sits a Neoclassical building from the early twentieth century. The building, constructed during 1908-1912, was built as an addition to the University of Toronto (UofT) campus. Appropriately, the UofT Department of Classics and Centre for Medieval Studies call this building their home. Yet, inside, visitors can gaze upon a set of beautifully ornate and intricate stained glass windows in Egyptomanian themes.
Playing board games is a popular pastime and a great way for people to reconnect with their friends, whether you’re at home or in the field! The Nile Scribes are avid board game players and we want to share some games relating to ancient Egypt with our readers. Our first game review is for Archaeology: the New Expedition, released in 2016, a game that takes the player back into the early days of Egyptology. This game is an updated version of the original Archaeology: The Card Game from 2007.
On the eastern side of Toronto’s downtown is located the Anglican St. James Cemetery, a historic location in use since 1844. The cemetery, nestled on the side of a tree-protected ravine, is enveloped by a serene and tranquil aura and its residents lie in peace away from the bustling racket of the city. Near its entrance is also located the chapel of St. James-The-Less, which is over 150 years old and was designed by then-notable Toronto resident F.W. Cumberland.