Walk Like An
Egyptian (Photo: CKIRIE)
The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto offers a number of
not-for-credit programs in the after-hours. Anyone can take them;
all you need is a free evening and a fist full of dollars. But
they're Canadian dollars, so that's not so bad. Whatever
Happened In Ancient Egypt was about the Middle Kingdom of
Ancient Egypt, taught by Gayle Gibson, Egyptologist and
storyteller extraordinaire. Every Tuesday night, we would look at
slides, hear tales of antique lands and kings, and take tours
through the ROM's Egypt and Nubia galleries. Fabulous.
One night, we got to touch 3000 year old shwabtis, maces,
mirrors, and a wooden ear. All the real things, all from Egypt.
Seriously neat stuff, considering that it was all so old, and yet
hadn't been dropped or smashed, or just plain lost. How many of
my own personal possessions have had a fate like that, and none
of them are much over 30 years old.
After class I'd drop by my mother's place and regurgitate as
much as I could remember, telling broken stories about royal
intrigue, embalming, and some more recent tales of British
soldiers -- but I said I wouldn't spread those further.
The Royal Ontario
For the Study of Egyptian Antiquity