Ancient Egypt

Thoth and Khepri

The ancient Egyptian gods of creation and knowledge vanquish the ‘Lord of Chaos’.

The Myth of Mummy Wheat

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 Afterlife of Ancient Egypt

Egyptian artisans produced work that continues to amaze millennia later, but they were human and fallible, too, and their work was often far from perfect.

Egyptian Harbingers

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

Cleopatra

In the year 30 BC one of the most remarkable women who have ever lived, Cleopatra, the Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt, perished by her own hand.

Osiris: The Royal Mortuary God of Egypt

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.

Ancient Alexandria

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.