Papyri in the Victoria University Collection: Hibeh I 54

In the mid twentieth century, the University of Toronto built a new library to house its vast research collections. Today, Robarts Library is not only known as one of the largest university libraries in North America, but also impresses with its brutalist architecture. The Nile Scribes recently visited a collection of Egyptian papyri in possession of…

5 Places Not to Miss in the Egyptian Delta

As it makes its way north toward the Mediterranean Sea, the Nile, which the Egyptians called simply “The River,” opens into a papyrus-shaped fan branching out northward from the base at Egypt’s capital. Today, we call this landscape the Egyptian Delta because its shape resembles the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet: delta (Δ). Archaeological…

The Latest Discoveries in Egyptology (March-April 2019)

Every two months, the Nile Scribes bring you summaries of the latest news and discoveries in Egyptology, both from the field and the library. We introduce you to the newest archaeological finds or rediscovered artefacts from museum collections, plus other new theories stirring in the Egyptological Zeitgeist. This spring, we have been particularly captivated by…

New Books in Egyptology (March-April 2019)

Every two months the Nile Scribes update our readers on the most recent Egyptological publications. From popular reads to peer-reviewed scholarship, we hope to illustrate the wide variety of topics discussed in Egyptology, and perhaps introduce you to your next read! Below are eight books scheduled for release in early 2019 (March to April).

Common Misconceptions about Ancient Egypt

Among the myriad ways that Egypt has touched our imaginations, many misconceptions have spawned from how Egypt is creatively represented in films, books, and other media. From booby trapped tombs to hieroglyphs as the ancient precursor of emojis, misconceptions of Egyptian ideas and concepts continue to thrive in popular culture. This week, the Nile Scribes address…

An Egyptological Review of ‘Tut’ the Miniseries

Tutankhamun’s reign is the perfect setting for an action-packed drama: the return to religious tradition, a brother and sister ruling as king and queen, and issues of succession in the palace. The life and times of Tutankhamun’s royal court made their way into a three-part series created for Spike TV in 2015, but not always…

Charles Woodward and his Egyptianised Mausoleum

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 sparked a frenzied interest in all things Egyptian. This excitement would reach Canadian businessperson Charles Woodward in Vancouver and lead him to build a mausoleum for himself and his family in Egyptianising fashion in 1924. Today it marks a commanding spot in the Masonic Cemetery in Burnaby, British-Columbia….

Game Review: Egypt and Nubia in Civilization VI

Egypt is a popular choice as a location for gaming franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Tomb Raider, and Sid Meier’s Civilization. Players could choose to play as the ancient Egyptians since the first Civilization game was released in 1991. Now, the latest addition to the Civilization series includes ancient Nubia as a playable culture for the…

A Reader’s Guide to Roman Egypt

March 15th, known as the Ides of March on the Roman calendar, marks the notorious day when Julius Caesar was stabbed to death in Rome in 44 BC. This week, the Nile Scribes highlight Egypt under Roman rule, a period often glossed over in surveys of ancient Egypt, which began when Marc Antony and Cleopatra were defeated…

The Latest Discoveries in Egyptology (January-February 2019)

Every few months, the Nile Scribes bring you summaries of the latest news and discoveries in Egyptology, both from the field and the lab. We’ll introduce you to the newest archaeological finds or recently undusted manuscripts being rediscovered in museum collections, plus other new theories stirring in the Egyptological Zeitgeist. The start of 2019 has seen the discovery…