Sunday, February 22, 2009
I often wish I could put all of ancient Egypt back
I often wish I could put all of ancient Egypt back, restore every flake of missing pigment in every painted Egyptian face in every fresco in every tomb and every temple relief, to bring back to the touch and the eye all the seductive allure of this civilization. I couldn’t imagine living in a world without Egypt. In fact, there are times when I can hardly live in today’s world, knowing what little of Egypt remains. It seems as vital to me as rainforests to the earth and the prospect of its vanishing forever is more frightening than the destruction of trees. Something great and deeply thrilling happened here once.