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Wonderful ThingsA History of Egyptology: 1: From Antiquity to 1881$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165993

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165993.001.0001

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Lifting the Veil

Lifting the Veil

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Wonderful Things

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

Following the failed Napoleonic Expedition and a period of turmoil in Egypt, Muhammad Ali Pasha established an unprecedented level of order in Egypt that facilitated travel to Egypt and study of the land to an unprecedented degree. Several scholars took advantage of the opportunity. The consuls-general Henry Salt and Bernardino Drovetti exploited their positions for commercial collecting of antiquities on a vast scale that enriched the collections of European museums. Individual travellers like William John Bankes and Johann Ludwig Burckhardt were able to survey Egyptian antiquities and make new discoveries. The former circus strongman Giovanni Battista Belzoni performed prodigious feats of exploration and collection. The way was opened for yet more scholarly investigation of Egypt.

Keywords:   William Richard Hamilton, Muhammad Ali, Henry Salt, Bernardino Drovetti, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, William John Bankes, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, Giovanni Battista Caviglia

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