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One of the world's earliest, most stable and durable civilizations. Ancient Egypt was blessed with annual floods of the Nile, which brought fertile silt and water, making the lower Nile valley the... read more

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The author of this 4000-year-old hymn to one God has been portrayed as a mad idealist who turned the civilisation of the pharaohs upside down. John Ray discusses the man and his myth.

The archaeologist Howard Carter died on March 2nd, 1939.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

While Antony and Cleopatra have been immortalised in history and in popular culture, their offspring have been all but forgotten. Yet their daughter, Cleopatra Selene, became an important ruler in her own right. Jane Draycott tells her story.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

The army has been a player in the affairs of Egypt for at least 5,000 years, says Tom Holland.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

On the Mediterranean at the western edge of the Nile delta stands the most important and enduring of all the many cities founded by Alexander. Though much of its material past has been destroyed or lies underwater, Alexandria’s reputation as the intellectual powerhouse of the Classical world, fusing Greek, Egyptian and Roman culture, lives on, writes Paul Cartledge.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

The young Pharaoh has gripped peoples’ imagination and changed lives. Desmond Zwar looks at the career of the man who claimed to have spent seven years living in the tomb, guarding it while Howard Carter examined its contents.

Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007

Cultural historian Lucy Hughes-Hallett considers how perceptions of Cleopatra have moved in the last decade and a half.

Volume: 56 Issue: 8 2006

Helen Strudwick, Curator of the Egyptian galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, explains the new refurbishment at the museum and the opportunities it has afforded.

Volume: 56 Issue: 6 2006

Discovered during the French occupation but seized by the victorious British after six months of desert battle, the Rosetta Stone symbolized the struggle for cultural supremacy between two great rivals, both on a quest for knowledge and archaeological riches. Jonathan Downs tells how exactly the Rosetta Stone found its way to Britain.

Volume: 56 Issue: 5 2006

Russell Chamberlin describes the revelations of a recent conference on the archaeology of Cleopatra’s Alexandria.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

Susan Walker looks at our image of the great queen, as a major exhibition on her life opens at the British Museum.

Volume: 51 Issue: 4 2001

The ancient library of Alexandria, destroyed by fire in AD270 is to be replaced by a new great library in the city to open this year, which will also serve as a local city museum.

Volume: 50 Issue: 3 2000

John Ray on a ruler who mixed laddishness with mysticism in the last days of independent Egypt.

Volume: 46 Issue: 3 1996

We may all know about Nefertiti, but what was life like for the less-famous women of ancient Egypt? Joyce Tyldesley describes the restraints and freedoms operating on daughters of Isis.

Volume: 44 Issue: 4 1994

The author of this 4000-year-old hymn to one God has been portrayed as a mad idealist who turned the civilisation of the pharaohs upside down. John Ray discusses the man and his myth.

Volume: 40 Issue: 1 1990

Michael Grant describes how, in the year 30 B.C. one of the most remarkable women who have ever lived, Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt, perished by her own hand.

Volume: 21 Issue: 8 1971

John Cohen traces the ancestry of modern automation back through the curious mechanical inventions of past centuries to the twilight figures of remote mythology.

Volume: 13 Issue: 5 1963

Founded by the Macedonian conqueror from whom it took its name, Alexandria became a stronghold of literature and learning, the splendid focus of the Hellenistic world. By E. Badian.

Volume: 10 Issue: 11 1960

For nearly three hundred years, a Macedonian-Greek dynasty, who proved themselves to be able and adaptable rulers, held sway over the ancient Egyptian kingdom. By E. Badian

Volume: 10 Issue: 7 1960

S.G.F. Brandon explains how, early in the history of Egyptian religion, Osiris, the slain king, emerged as the classic prototype of the saviour-god, whose death and resurrection assures his worshippers a new life.

Volume: 10 Issue: 9 1960

Charles Seltman shows how Egyptian memories of Crete and its inhabitants may have given rise to the Platonic legend of the lost island of Atlantis.

Volume: 2 Issue: 5 1952

Nearly 35 centuries ago the first Empress in the history of the world proclaimed herself Pharaoh; Jon Manchip White records how Queen Hatshepsut then went on to rule for more than 20 years.

Volume: 2 Issue: 12 1952

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