Finding Ancient Egyptian Curiosities in Niagara Falls

Located on the US-Canada border about a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls has become a well-visited tourist destination for anyone coming to Canada`s largest city. Last week, Hannah and I decided on a whim to spend a night in the city with its majestic falls. For Egyptologists, of course, Niagara holds special significance as the mummy of Ramesses I used to call the city home for over 100 years (1). He ‘lived’ in the Niagara Falls Museum until late 1999, when the Egyptian collection of the museum was purchased to become part of the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The mummy would eventually be returned to Egypt to great pomp and circumstance. Niagara lost perhaps its most famous resident…

Looking at the Interior at the museum from the late 19th century (Niagara Falls Museum)
Looking at the Interior at the museum from the late 19th century (Niagara Falls Museum)

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Celebrating Syria’s Rich History in Toronto

2017 is already in full swing. Down south a new President has been sworn in and here in Toronto we are still waiting for the deep freeze. The semester has also resumed and this time around I am TAing for a new course on Egyptian myth and mythology, which will be enlightening. I had previously TAed a course on Egyptian religion, so this course’s focus will take me deeper into the realm between science and faith – at least from an Egyptian perspective.

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Lost in Translation: Exploring Gender in the Ancient World

In mid May, the Royal Ontario Museum organized an event titled Lost in Translation? Gender and Sexuality across Time and Cultures. It took place in Toronto, Canada during Pride Month, a time in our city where we take a closer look at our society, celebrate our diversity, and bring marginalized groups to the forefront. The key event, of course, was to be the Pride parade, which took place on July 3. Hence, it was only appropriate that the museum decided to partake in this very important conversation

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Copts in Toronto: A Visit to the local Coptic Museum

Just over two weeks ago, my friend, Carla, and I partook in a tour of the collection of the Coptic Museum associated with St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church in the northeastern part of Toronto. If you take Highway 404 north and take the Steele exit, then go east, you will quickly come across a massive building on the north side of the road, which is the newly built cathedral of the church. It is impressive and the building was aligned with the east-to-west axis, as if it was to be an ancient Egyptian temple. Nevertheless, the collection is housed in the older building of the church, which is located only a few blocks to the south.

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The Art of Tattoing: the ROM’s Latest Exhibit

** This blog post contains images with nudity.**

On Victoria Day, Hannah and I made use of our memberships and paid a brief visit to the ROM to visit their new exhibit: Tattoos. Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. The last exhibit we checked out was the Pompeii blockbuster in summer 2015, so we were quite intrigued by the alluring subject matter.

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