Ancient Egyptians had a sustenance, linguistic, cultural, and religious relationship with animals. Egyptologist Dr Salima Ikram, American University in Cairo, joins the show to explain.
Some topics explored
- Ancient Egyptians’ relationship with animals
- Popular animals in Egypt
- The types of animal food ancient Egyptians ate
- How changes to the Sahara impacted animals and their patterns of travel and habituating
- Animals illustrated artwork
- Animals represented in Egyptian mythology
- The exclusivity of Egypt’s deities
- What animals were commonly found in tombs
- Animals used in ancient religion and traditions including tradition regarding deities being reincarnated through pre-identified and venerated animals
Listen to the episode
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- Dr Ikram is editor of the book Divine Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt (The American University in Cairo Press, 2015) and co-editor of the book A History of World Egyptology (Cambridge University Press, 2021)
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