Category: Society Articles

Zahi Hawass in Cape Town & Johannesburg »

As the guest of The Egyptian Society of South Africa marking the society’s 10th anniversary The Society hosted Dr. Zahi Hawass,  Secretary General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities in South Africa on a short lecture tour – visiting Johannesburg where he gave a lecture on Monday 14th August 2006 at the Great Hall of [...]

Alexandria in Cape Town »

MARKING THE REVIVAL OF THE BIBLIOTHECA ALEXANDRINA A review by Eucalyptus In the words of H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, wife of the President of Egypt and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Bibliotheca Alexandrina: “The goal of this enormous project is to honour the past, to celebrate the present and to invent the Future [...]

Kent Weeks – In South Africa »

MAKING HISTORY WHILE INVESTIGATING IT A report by Keith Grenville On September 5th 2000, Dr. Kent Weeks and his wife Susan arrived at Cape Town International Airport  for their first visit to South Africa and a 10-day National Lecture Tour arranged by the Executive Committee of The Egyptian Society of SA with the assistance of [...]

Names to Conjure With »

by Angus McBride One aspect of Egyptology that has always caused me slight irritation – and probably many others too, is the continuing confusion over royal names, with one (mainly American) school of thought preferring to call the builder of the Great Pyramid “Khufu”, whilst the other (mainly British) preferring “Cheops”, and so on throughout [...]

Bibliotheca Alexandrina »

by Keith Grenville The fate of the original Great Library of Alexandria is shrouded in mystery. It was built during the reign of Ptolemy Soter, one of the Greek Ptolemies who ruled Egypt for the last 300 years of the first millennium BC. The library is said to have contained more than 500,000 texts from [...]