For most Egyptians the country’s independence came with the revolution of July 1952, not with the end of the British protectorate in February 1922. Yet, as the experiences of three patriotic writers show, independence did not mean freedom.
Recently discovered papyri give unprecedented insight into the lives of the workers building the Great Pyramid of Giza.
What can rock art of the desert tell us about life and death 10,000 years ago?
The influence of the Nile on the lives of those living adjacent to it.
Ungainly but fleet of foot, the flightless bird offers insights into the life of a legendary pharaoh.
Despite a total lack of evidence, the belief that grains of wheat found in Ancient Egyptian tombs could produce bountiful crops was surprisingly hardy.
The story of the transportation of three obelisks to London, Paris and New York captures the 19th-century mania for all things Egyptian.
The ideas of a French philosopher provided the great Egyptian novelist with a way of assessing the good and the bad in his nation’s past.
Maurice Shock explains how Gladstone, a deeply moralistic and liberal statesman, came to embark along the path of intervention, conquest and occupation.
On the eve of the Treaty of Amiens, writes D.G. Chandler, the French Army was eliminated from Egypt, and news of the victory heartened the British public.