Saturday, February 24, 2007

Saturday Trivia

Stone in Paper: Ancient Egypt
Thanks to the weekly EEF newsletter for this lovely piece (submitted by David Lorton):
"Stone in Paper: Ancient Egypt was an exhibit at the Origami USA 2002 convention in New York City. On display Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, this exhibit comprised more than 80 original origami models in a triptych background. The left third held the tomb and the wild animal section; the middle third portrayed the Giza Plateau with pyramids and sphinxes; the right third contained the palace and the farm scene. Between plateau and palace was the Nile River, with a funerary barque, hippos and crocodiles. Four large hanging cartouches held hieroglyphs rendered in origami; on the wall of the tomb were four small cartouches with mini versions of the glyphs.

Death on the Nile: Agatha Christie
"Born into an aristocratic British family, Agatha Christie was able to pursue her passion for writing freely and grew to be immensely successful at her craft, hailed by the Guinness world records as the best selling writer of books of all time.
Her second marriage to the archeologist, Sir Max Mallowan, brought her to Egypt at the height of British rule, and served as inspiration for multiple mystery stories set in the Middle East. Death on the Nile, takes place on the heavily frequented tourist route from Aswan to Luxor and Cairo.
The intersection of Christie’s background and the sociopolitical climate of 1936 Egypt created an interesting subtext for reading the novel. The fascination surrounding Egypt’s history, its ancient artifacts, its exoticism, and the simultaneous disrespect and intrusion on its autonomy is perceived by examining the context in which Christie wrote and its affect on her storyline.
In “Death on the Nile,” the environment heightens the mystery; the context makes the danger more present and the stakes unknown."

The Bent Pyramid by Hugh McLeave
"Having opened its virtual doors just over a year ago, the DPPstore features eBooks by new authors and the best eBooks from self and independent publishers. One of the latest additions to DPP's online shelves is The Bent Pyramid by Hugh McLeave (ISBN: 1-932482-48-2, published by Boson Books, 2007).Ewan Chisholm, despised drunk albeit gifted Egyptologist, is ordered by his curator at the Aspenwall Museum to fetch Sir William Garfield Tate's papers from his widow.Chisholm stumbles on an envelope containing snapshots of a horde of pharaonic jewelry never seen before. When the Aspenwall governors learn about the jewel hoard they decide to send Chisholm to Egypt to find it for their museum.In Cairo, he soon discovers Garfield Tate and his Nubian mistress were probably murdered and Lady Garfield Tate might have been involved. Chisholm's sleuthing leads him to suspect the secret of the jewels lies in the famous Bent Pyramid of the Pharaoh Sneferu. The search for the jewels leads through secret passages and burial chambers in satellite pyramids and results in an unexpected conclusion to this exciting adventure."
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The Great Pyramids of Arizona
"In a recent issue of Archaeology magazine Farouk El-Baz of Boston University suggests that the three major pyramids of the Giza Plateau may have been modeled after the naturally occurring, conical hills found near the Kharga Oasis almost 150 miles west of Luxor. He also notes that the hieroglyph meaning “desert hills” has a pointed shape. 1. On the other side of the globe on the high desert of American Southwest three great mountains rising out of the San Francisco Peaks eerily echo the Egyptian triad. The basaltic cinder cone of Humphreys Peak (12,633 feet in elevation, the highest point in the Arizona) dominates this arid landscape. The slightly lower Agassiz Peak (12,356 feet) is about a mile and a half due south, while Fremont Peak (11,969 feet) rests a mile further southeast."
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