Egyptian Culture Always Has More to Discover

October 21, 2011
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From the pyramids to the Nile, an Egypt tour has an aspect of adventure and discovery unmatched by any other place on earth. But why? As Gina Davidson writes for the Scotsman, Egyptians didn't exactly do that much for modern society. The preoccupation with Romans makes sense, as they left behind legacies such as roads, viaducts and bridges that we still use today. But Egyptians, with their hieroglyphs, mummies and animal-headed gods left us fascinating artifacts for museums.

Whatever the reason, modern day humans keep seeking out more information about this ancient civilization. According to the news source, the roots of all fascination with Egypt began during the Battle of the Nile between Nelson and Napoleon in 1798, when the Rosetta was found. Once hieroglyphs entered the world's consciousness, they became a source of fascination for scientists and history buffs alike.

Since then, researchers, archaeologists and anthropologists from around the world have led missions to find out more about the Egyptian culture. Scholar David Winpenny, author of Up to a Point, discusses in his book why people are so fascinated by immorality and power - two themes that the Egyptians certainly seemed to value.

"The ancient Egyptian empire was so powerful that it even influenced the Greeks and the Romans, and so its ideas moved into Europe that way. People are always interested in great power, and how it is wielded," he wrote, according to the news source.

Modern fascination continued to grow in 1922, when Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, a boy-king who was buried in along with his treasures in the Valley of the Kings.

Even today, scholars are still arguing over who built the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Just last year, archaeologists discovered tombs in Egypt that were nearly 4,000 years old and said they belonged to the people who worked on the Pyramids - restating the belief that the people who built the famous structures were not slaves, but paid laborers, Discovery News reports.

On a Nile cruise, travelers can continue the exploration of ancient Egypt, gazing at monuments such as Luxor, Philae and Jerash's Roman ruins, as well as the temples of ancient kings and queens, some who are famous, others who will remain forever in anonymity. Sailing along the Nile, continue wondering about the civilization that has so consumed our consciousnesses.

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