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Babylon of EgyptThe Archaeology of Old Cairo and the Origins of the City$
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Peter Sheehan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162992

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162992.001.0001

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The Ancient Landscape of Cairo

The Ancient Landscape of Cairo

(p.23) Chapter 1 The Ancient Landscape of Cairo
Babylon of Egypt

Peter Sheehan

American University in Cairo Press

The medieval landscape of the city of Cairo indicates the elemental forces that shaped the development of the city. The natural movement, formations, and the rhythm of the Nile have dictated the human relationship to the landscape. The scale of these natural and human forces has meant that it is not a static landscape, but a constant subject to subtle changes. Parts of the landscape of Cairo have been totally transformed, and this transformation can sometimes be detected in an archeological record. Over the past twenty years, the growth of planned and informal settlement in Old Cairo has rendered the ancient landscape unrecognizable. Many elements of the ancient landscape have been obscured and sometimes destroyed. Some evidences show how distinct the modern topography of Old Cairo is from the ancient landscapes that lies beneath it.

Keywords:   medieval landscape, landscape, Cairo, Nile, topography, settlement, Old Cairo

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