Ancient Egypt Quotes

Quotes tagged as "ancient-egypt" (showing 1-30 of 58)
Howard Carter
“...as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold - everywhere the glint of gold. For the moment - an eternity it must have seemed to the others standing by - I was struck dumb with amazement, and when Lord Carnarvon, unable to stand the suspense any longer, inquired anxiously, 'Can you see anything?' it was all I could do to get out the words, 'Yes, wonderful things.”
Howard Carter, The Tomb of Tutankhamen

Stephanie Dray
“Selene’s life is a lesson to us that the trajectory of women’s equality hasn’t always been a forward march. In some ways the ancients were more advanced than we are today; there have been setbacks before and may be more in the future.”
Stephanie Dray, Lily of the Nile

Sharon Desruisseaux
“Conformity is deformity”
Sharon Desruisseaux

Christopher Hitchens
“The fervor and single-mindedness of this deification probably have no precedent in history. It's not like Duvalier or Assad passing the torch to the son and heir. It surpasses anything I have read about the Roman or Babylonian or even Pharaonic excesses. An estimated $2.68 billion was spent on ceremonies and monuments in the aftermath of Kim Il Sung's death. The concept is not that his son is his successor, but that his son is his reincarnation. North Korea has an equivalent of Mount Fuji—a mountain sacred to all Koreans. It's called Mount Paekdu, a beautiful peak with a deep blue lake, on the Chinese border. Here, according to the new mythology, Kim Jong Il was born on February 16, 1942. His birth was attended by a double rainbow and by songs of praise (in human voice) uttered by the local birds. In fact, in February 1942 his father and mother were hiding under Stalin's protection in the dank Russian city of Khabarovsk, but as with all miraculous births it's considered best not to allow the facts to get in the way of a good story.”
Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

Stephanie Dray
“The curves of his smile become the waves in my ocean.”
Stephanie Dray, Daughters of the Nile

Stephanie Dray
“I had come to Rome in chains, but I would leave Rome a queen.”
Stephanie Dray, Lily of the Nile

James Henry Breasted
“[...] the success of Egyptian surgery in setting broken bones is very fully demonstrated in the large number of well-joined fractures found in the ancient skeletons.”
James Henry Breasted, The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus, 2 Vols

S.F. Chandler
“When you fear nothing, you have nothing to fear”
S.F. Chandler, We The Great Are Misthought

Stephen Moles
“Anubis is associated with the mummification and protection of the dead for their journeys through Denver International Airport to the afterlife. He is usually portrayed as being half human and half jackal, and holding a metal detector in his hand ... Anubis is employed by the Department of Homeland Security to examine the hearts of all travellers to make sure they have not exceeded the weight limit for psychological baggage ... He is also shown frisking mummies and confiscating firearms and other contraband. It doesn't take much to tip the scales in favour of a dead body cavity search or an afterlifetime travel ban.”
Stephen Moles, The Most Wretched Thing Imaginable or, Beneath the Burnt Umbrella

James Henry Breasted
“The attention given to the side of the head which has received the injury, in connection with a specific reference to the side of the body nervously affected, is in itself evidence that in this case the ancient surgeon was already beginning observations on the localization of functions in the brain.”
James Henry Breasted, The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus, Vol 1: Hieroglyphic Transliteration, Translation and Commentary

James Henry Breasted
“Speechlessness, however, affirmed in the diagnosis, is carefully based on the facts of the examination, as we see by rendering the statements concerned, just as they stand in examination and diagnosis: "If thou examinest a man having a wound in the temple, ...; if thou ask of him concerning his malady and he speak not to thee; ...; thou shouldst say concerning him, 'One having a wound in his temple, ... (and) he is speechless'.”
James Henry Breasted, The Edwin Smith Surgical Papyrus, Vol 1: Hieroglyphic Transliteration, Translation and Commentary

Stacy Schiff
“The Ptolemies were in fact Macedonian Greek, which makes Cleopatra approximately as Egyptian as Elizabeth Taylor. The word ‘honey skinned’ recurs in descriptions of her relatives and would presumably applied to hers as well, despite the inexactitudes surrounding her mother and paternal grandmother. There was certainly Persian blood in the family, but even an Egyptian mistress is a rarity among the Ptolemies. She was not dark skinned.”
Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life

Margaret George
“I will even not rant about treachery. I was brought up in a sea of treachery and deceit and betrayal. I swam in it like perch in the Nile. I am completely at home in it. I shall not drown.”
Margaret George, The Memoirs of Cleopatra

Mohammed Chafik
“La parenté de l'égyptien ancien et du berbère n'est plus à démontrer. Bien que les affinités lexicales entre ces langues sœurs aient été profondément affectée par le temps, des dizaines de vocables peuvent encore y être mis en parallèle sur le double plan phonétique et sémantique. Citons-en quelques-un : sin et sny (deux) ; ashem et shem (s'en aller) ; awey et iyw (venir, apporter) ; mmis-n et ms-n (fils de) ; ighs et qs (l'os) ; sew et syw (boire); ishirr et shri, ou aherrud et hrd (enfant) ; fud et pd (genou). Mais ce sont les pronoms et les particules - les mots outils en quelque sorte - qui témoignent bien de la communauté de souche entre l'égyptien et le berbère ; nekk et ink (moi, je) ; i et i (moi, à moi) ; k et k (toi, à toi) ; s et s (lui, à lui, elle, à elle) ; n et n (nous); sn et sn (eux, à eux) [...] Des comparatistes ont observé que le dialecte berbère le plus proche de l'égyptien ancien est le touareg. De fait, il est plus conservateur en raison du confinement séculaire des Targuis dans leur isolat montagneux au cœur du Sahara. Curieusement, les Touaregs aussi bien que les oasiens de Siwa se disent originaires du Maghreb. Il s'agit là, à notre sens, des réminiscences d'un passé très lointain dont l'image s'est inversée. (p45)”
Mohammed Chafik, من أجل مغارب مغاربية بالأولوية - Pour un maghreb d'abord maghrébin

“She did not approach Caesar wrapped in a carpet, she was not a seductress, she did not use her charm to persuade the men in her life to lose their judgement, and she did not die by the bite of an asp…Yet other important elements of her career have been bypassed in the post-antique recension: she was a Skilled naval commander, a published medical authority, and an expert royal administrator who was met with adulation throughout the eastern Mediterranean, perhaps seen by some as a messianic figure, the hope for a future Eastern Mediterranean free of Roman domination.”
Duane W. Roller, Cleopatra: A Biography

John Anthony West
“Central to all these interlinked themes was that curious irrational, phi, the Golden Section. Schwaller de Lubicz believed that if ancient Egypt possessed knowledge of ultimate causes, that knowledge would be written into their temples not in explicit texts but in harmony, proportion, myth and symbol.”
John Anthony West, Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt

Christopher Dunn
“We cannot fathom technology that is unknown to us, and we seldom consider things that seem impossible to us.”
Christopher Dunn, The Giza Power Plant: Technologies of Ancient Egypt

Toby Wilkinson
“Despite all their hopes for the afterlife, the ancient Egyptians could not escape the natural human fear of death and its many unknowns.”
Toby Wilkinson, Writings from Ancient Egypt

“The Golden Ratio defines the squaring of a circle. Stated in mathematical terms, this says: Given a square of known perimeter, create a circle of equal circumference. According to some, in ancient Egypt, this mathematical mystery was encoded in the measurements of the Great Pyramid of Giza.”
Marja de Vries, The Whole Elephant Revealed: Insights into the existence and operation of Universal Laws and the Golden Ratio

“The golden section was discovered by the Egyptians, and has been used in art and architecture, most commonly, during the classical ages of Egypt and Greece.”
Steven L. Griffing, The Golden Section:An Ancient Egyptian and Grecian Proportion

SL Hulen
“When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right ones a fighting chance- Victoria Barron- dedicated attorney and protagonist of Misplaced”
S.L. Hulen, Misplaced

“The focus of history and philosophy of science scholar Arthur Miller’s (2010) "137: Jung and Pauli and the Pursuit of Scientific Obsession" is Jung and Pauli’s
mutual effort to discover the cosmic number or fine structure constant, which is a fundamental physical constant dealing with electromagnetism, or, from a different perspective, could be considered the philosopher’s stone of the mathematical universe.
This was indeed one of Pauli and Jung’s collaborative passions, but it was not the only concentration of their relationship. Quantum physics could be seen as the natural progression from ancient alchemy, through chemistry, culminating in the abstract world of subatomic particles, wave functions, and mathematics. [Ancient Egypt and Modern Psychotherapy]”
Todd Hayen

Ramon Ravenswood
“Tutankhamun Speaks:
Inside my mask of gold, lapis,
turquoise and amber,
my naked body breaks its bondage
and soars like an eagle towards
the golden Sun of rejuvenation”
Ramon Ravenswood, Icons Speak

Adrian Goldsworthy
“Greek was her first language, and in Greek literature and architecture she was educated. Although representing on Egyptian temples and some statuary in the traditional headgear and robes of the pharaohs’ wives, it was unlikely she actually dressed this way save perhaps occasionally to perform certain rites. Instead she wore the headband and robes of a Greek monarch. Cleopatra proclaimed herself the ‘New Isis’, and yet her worship of the goddess betrayed a strongly Hellenised version of the cult. She was no more Egyptian culturally or ethnically than most residents of modern day Airzona are Apaches.”
Adrian Goldsworthy, Antony And Cleopatra

Mohamed Adly
“Truly, the components are not only the secret; for example, they managed to identify the components the ancient Egyptians used in mummification , but they still don't know how to do it , do they?”
Mohamed Adly, Coco De Mer - the Forbidden Fruit

Robert Lynn Asprin
“From the next hour he will be reading from ancient text."
"How ancient, I asked, a thousend years or last weeks?"
"Very ancient, the girl said solemmly, but it is a forgivable interuption under those cicumstances, and the texts will just become more ancient in waiting.”
Robert Lynn Asprin

“The story of women in antiquity should be told now, not only because it is a legitimate aspect of social history, but because the past illuminates contemporary problems in relationships between men and women. ... It is most significant to note the consistency with which some attitudes toward women and the roles women play in Western society have endured through the centuries.”
Sarah B. Pomeroy, Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity

Stacy Schiff
“Apollodorus came, Caesar saw, Cleopatra conquered.”
Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life

Thor Hanson
“In the past, people around the world heard the buzzing of bees as voices of the departed, a murmured conveyance from the spirit world. This belief traces back to the cultures of Egypt and Greece, among others, where tradition held that a person's soul appeared in bee form when it left the body, briefly visible (and audible) in its journey to the hereafter...Nobody knows the exact sequence of events that led to the beginning of bees, but everyone can agree on at least one thing: we know what it sounded like.”
Thor Hanson, Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

“I pull on his fingers softly, tired of this talk. “I have something to tell you…”

He tightens his grip on my fingers in excitement as I whisper that I’m carrying his child.

Tutankhamun gives a cry of proud joy. He lifts me in his arms and spins me until I shriek and demand that he stops.

“Think of the baby!” I admonish, laughing. “The baby,” he repeats, trying the words out on his lips. “Our baby.”

“If the gods will it,” I say soberly, resting my face against his.

“They will,” he breathes, “I swear it.”
Stephanie Liaci

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