Monday, March 20, 2017

It's a curious reflection that ancient Egypt is the gift of climate change

Temple of Philae reflected in the waters of Africa

'Egypt,' the Greek historian Herodotus famously wrote, 'is the gift of the Nile.'

And yet it can also be said that Egypt is the gift of early desertification that first caused humankind to settle on the banks of the River Nile and gave rise to the oasis civilisation of ancient Egypt.
And it was of course the dry custodianship of this new climate that preserved the relics of ancient Egypt so wonderfully for us today.