Monday, 9 April 2018

How ancient Greco-Roman temple ruins revisited Egypt as world's capital

Site of the Greco-Roman Temple excarvation
Egypt's iconic spot as the cradle of ancient civilisations - where    emperors and gladiators used to proclaim supremacy - was again highlighted with fresh archaeological discovery of a Greco-Roman temple.
 The unearthed ruins, found in Egypt's Western Desert were announced by Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities. Said to have been found at the
 Al-Salam site, which is about 200 miles south of the Mediterranean Sea, the ruins include such architectural contents as the front section of the temple and parts of its foundation as well as the main entrance.
 Other features of the ruins include a three-feet-textured wall of front courtyard, surrounded on both sides by chambers; fragments of pottery, coins; Greek-inspired sculpture of a human head; and two limestone lion statues (one is headless).
 Interestingly, the location of the Greco-Roman temple, the Western Desert Siwa Oasis, according to historians, was the same famous place where Alexander the Great allegedly consulted an oracle, which revealed to him he was the chosen king of Egypt.
 Alexander, a Greek, conquered Egypt in 332 B.C., after defeating the Persian rulers. Egypt was considered as the world's most important place - for its historical and spiritual spot - as man's first civilisation state. Alexanderer's death did not stop the Greek's hold on Egypt. In fact, Greek monarchs ruled Egypt for the next 275 years before the Romans took over from 30 B.C -395 A.D.
 The head of the Ministry's Ancient Egyptian Antiquities department, Ayman Ashmawi, on Wednesday, said the archaeologists were hoping to find more temple remains before the end of this year.
 And what irony! Today's 21st Century has left Egypt Greece and Rome behind; these key ancient names no longer matter. In fact, Rome is now a unit of another nation state, Italy.
 However, if ancient monuments and sites wer to generate nuclear and political powers, Egypt would still be the capital of the world. Apart from being constantly the spot for archaeologists' activities,  Egypt still has the oldest non-religious heritage in monuments and sites till date.  For example, the  Pyramid at Giza remains the oldest surviving ancient monument in the world.
 Three years ago, Egypt's minister of tourism, Khaled Ramy said the country planned to attract 20 million yearly visitors by 2020, up from 9.8 million in 2014.
 -African Arts with Taj and agency reports.


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