Various writings on historical topics
Ancient manuscripts provide a fascinating link to the past.
This web page has several photos from the E.G.C. (El Nasr Chatby College or E.C.C.) from the 1960s. Can you identify anyone there? The photo below are from the E.G.C. class of 1966! Click on the picture for a larger view. Left to Right. Unknown persons are marked by a - sign. Those that we are not sure of are identified by (?) following their name. Nicknames are enclosed by ()
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (or Gorsky) (1863-1944) was a Russian photographer that offers a vivid visual portrait of the Russian Empire at its height, and more importantly, the architecture, the scenery and the people of the lands that constituted this empire, including the Caucasus region, and Central Asia.
On the Mediterranean coast west of the city of Alexandria, in Egypt, there is a belt of pumice embedded in the sedimentary stone that covers the landscape there. This article describes this belt and its possible origins.
One island in the Eastern Mediterranean is Thera, now known as Santorini, and is part of the Cyclades off the cost of Greece. This island was a Minoan colony in the Bronze age.
Georgius Elmacinus (also Elmakin or Elmacin) المكين, and in Arabic sources Ibn Al 'Amid إبن العميد . Egyptian Coptic Christian historian. (c. 1223-1274 or 1273 CE / 671 AH). Author of a history of Islam, extending from the time of Prophet Muhammad to the year 1118 C.E.
Samuel Huntington is still going strong.In the March/April 2004 of Foreign Policy, he published an article titled "The Hispanic Challenge"Basically, he continues to create enemies for America, whether real or imagined. First it was the "Islamic Civilization", and the "Confucian Civilization". This time it is the enemy within: The Hispanics!What a hot button it is with many American today, and what effect on immigration will it have?
Many hoaxes, absurd claims and pseudoscience have been forumlated around Ancient Egypt. From aliens build the pyramids, to alternative chronologies, to claims that all what we known about Egypt is wrong. One good site that debunks many of these claims is Catchpenny. For example, some have claimed that the inscriptions in the temple of Abydos are actually ancient helicopters. Giving rise to all absurd theories about Egyptians being much more advanced technologically, to the claims that aliens visted them!
Those who watch TV channels that delve into pseudoscience -- such as The Learning Channel (TLC) -- or love to visit fringe theory web sites, must have encountered Erich von Daniken or his web site.Von Daniken's theory is that ancient astronaut aliens visited Earth several times, and interacted with several civilization. The traces of these visits are everywhere, from ancient Peru to ancient Egypt.
Many people have claimed that the current chronology of ancient history is wrong, and that it needs to be revised.
Unfortunately, those who advocate such a Revised Chronology often use unscientific methods and attempts to push things to their own view.
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