A Bridge of Curiosity and Conflict: How Egyptology Connected Europe and Egypt


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Department of Art and Archaeology, Department of Global Languages and Cultures


Hood College Departmental Honors

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Attribution 3.0 United States


Egyptology was both a major reason for and a way in which Europeans interacted with Egypt and its people. Egyptology acted as a sort of connective tissue between Egypt and Europe. Changes, both cultural and political, in one country would send ripples through that connection, which would then have an effect on the other. That is not to say that the connection was entirely equal. Europe was very much a colonial power in this relationship, and exerted more influence on Egypt than Egypt was often capable of matching in return. Despite the imbalance, neither side was left unchanged by the connection forged through Egyptology.