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Friday, January 3, 2020
January 3-15, 2020
For all of recorded time, the mighty waters of Egypt's Nile have been the source of life-giving sustenance, cultural riches, international trade, and mythic power. Aboard an eighteen-cabin deluxe yacht, explore these historical threads with seasoned Cornell faculty leader, historian Eric Tagliacozzo. He will illuminate the intercultural connections the river has fostered, the international trade of the Suez Canal, and the country's Islamic history.
Director of Cornell's Comparative Muslim Societies Program, Eric will lead visits to Al-Azhar in Cairo, one of the most important mosques in the world, and to Abu Haggag in Luxor. Built atop the ruin of a millennia-old pharaonic temple, the latter epitomizes—physically and metaphorically— the succession and integration of Egypt's historical, religious, and cultural eras.
With a gifted Egyptologist as the country guide, explore the Egypt of the Pharaohs: the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza, Cairo's new Grand Egyptian Museum, the Ptolemaic Temple at Dendera, the Valley of the Kings and of the Queens, the Philae Temple and the "Unfinished Obelisk" at the granite quarries in Aswan, and, in Edfu, the largest and most completely preserved pharaonic temple of Horus.