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…

New Books in Egyptology (January-February 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 nine books scheduled for release to start 2019 (January to February).

Meet University of Toronto’s Katherine Blouin

About Meet an Egyptologist This Nile Scribes series enables our readers to learn more about Egyptologists from around the world. From questions about their life and their career, we also explore their research interests and perspectives on the field of Egyptology. We want to use this series to help strengthen the public’s awareness of the Egyptological community,…

Hiddenness and Darkness in Ancient Egyptian Love Songs

This week, many parts of the world celebrated Valentine’s Day on February 14. In celebration, this week’s topic revolves around ancient Egyptian Love Songs. The Nile Scribes welcome back our guest blogger Carla Mesa Guzzo to shed some light on aspects of hiddenness and darkness and their meanings within these love songs. Guest Scribe: Carla Mesa Guzzo…

Egyptian Mummies and Their Stories in Museums

Many museums around the world that house a collection of Egyptian antiquities may also be home to Egyptian mummies. Inspired by Dr. Angela Stienne’s work, the Nile Scribes are interested in the importance of mummies in museum collections and the attitudes that modern audiences have towards them. We are grateful to have spoken with Dr. Stienne,…

Visiting the Glyptoteket in Copenhagen

This week, our guest blogger Katherine Piper is back from Copenhagen to share her thoughts on the Egyptian galleries at the Glyptoteket. The Glyptoteket boasts a stunning collection of Egyptian and Nubian objects, many of which were acquired through the sponsorship of such notable archaeologists as W.M. Flinders Petrie, John Garstang, and Francis Llewellyn Griffith.

5 Must-See Graeco-Roman Temples in Egypt

Many visitors to Egypt make their way down to Luxor to take a look at the largest temple in Egypt: Karnak. In this travel blog, the Nile Scribes travel up the Nile to visit five temples in Upper Egypt built during Ptolemaic and Roman times that should not be missed.

‘Mummy-Speak’ in Nineteenth Century Fiction

For Halloween last year, the Nile Scribes attended a talk given in Toronto on the mummy in nineteenth century fiction. We are pleased to have the presenter, Dr. Steven Shubert, share his expertise on the subject in a guest blog that takes a closer look at the history and enduring popularity of the mummy genre.

Top 10 Discoveries of 2018

With 2018 come and gone, the Nile Scribes review the best archaeological discoveries of 2018 made in Egypt. Last year presented a wide variety of unusual finds, from tattoos to scarabs, which you will see in our post today. Out of dozens of new artefacts and methods, we picked our own Top Ten Discoveries to…