♫ ♪ Keep Feeling Fascination ♪♫ (a Human League Reference)

“Our fascination with ancient Egypt is, to a large extent, a product of the vast amount of material information available. We know so much about the daily lives of the ancient Egyptians – we can read their words, meet their families, feel their clothes, taste their food and drink, enter their tombs and even touch their bodies – that it seems that we almost know them. And knowing them, maybe even loving them, we feel that we can understand the very human hopes and fears that dominated their lives.”[1]

I believe the above quote, from Dr Joyce Tyldesley, accurately sums up the prevailing sentiments many people have regarding Ancient Egypt.  We are captivated by their mundane, daily lives because of the significance in which we have given it.  The historical value of Ancient Egypt, being a cornerstone of our modern day civilization, is incalculable.  While the early men and women of the Nile were simply trying to maintain subsistence for themselves and their families, they inadvertently became part of a 5,000 year old history and I am left to wonder if they believed people in the future would be aware of their existence.

Over the course of this quarter, through primary source material, we have been able to insert ourselves into the lives of Ancient Egyptians.  I cannot help being enthralled with the long held secrets that have been and continue to be discovered. ~TB

 


[1] Dr Joyce Tyldesley, BBC History, BBC, 02 17, 2011, http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/egyptians/egypt_importance_01.shtml#two (accessed 06 4, 2013).

 

 

Well the truth may need some
Re-arranging
Stories to be told
And plain to see the facts are changing
No meaning left to hold

Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination Lyrics, written by Jo Callis and Philip Oakey

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