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"Osiris, the sunken mysteries of Egypt"
From 08 September 2015 to 31 January 2016
From September 8, 2015 to January 31, 2016, The Arab World Institute of Paris is hosting a fascinating exhibition, "Osiris, the sunken mysteries of Egypt", an exhibition that sheds light on the underwater discoveries of the French archeologist, Franck Goddio along with his team during the last seven years, in Abu Qir Bay near Alexandria.
Who is Osiris?
According to ancient Egyptian mythology, Osiris was the king of Egypt and the son of the Earth God Geb and the Sky Goddess Nut. He was foully murdered by his brother Seth, who wanted to usurp the throne. Isis, Osiris’ sister and wife, brought her husband back to life with a magical spell in order to conceive Horus the younger, who defeated Seth and got the throne back.
The legend says that after that, Osiris became the God of Death, the Underworld, and Rebirth.
About the Discoveries:
In 1881, the discovery of the Decree of Canopus at Kom el-Hisn, by Gaston Maspero, raised many questions about two “lost” cities: Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. The stele says that the ceremonies of the “Mysteries of Osiris” were held annually in Thonis-Heracleion in the Great Temple of Amun-Gereb during the month of Khoiak, and culminated in a long nautical procession of two miles, carrying the God of Death to his shrine in Canopus.
Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus were mentioned in many works of ancient historians such as works of the Greek historians Diodorus and Strabo. However, there had been no evidence that they really existed, untill the late 20th century.
In 1997, with the collaboration of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Goddio, discovered the city of Thonis-Heracleion, 2.5 km far from the coast, sunken in Abu Qir Bay. He found statutes, monuments, and many ritual instruments. Three years later, he discovered the city of Canopus.
Finding the two lost cities was a turning point in archeology. Indeed, the discoveries confirmed many facts that were mentioned in ancient texts.
About the Exhibition:
“Osiris, the sunken mysteries of Egypt” features more than 250 objects that have never been displayed before. It also holds 40 pieces from the museums of antiquities of Cairo and Alexandria. Most of them have never been exhibited outside Egypt.
Located in the heart of Paris, Hotel Cambon welcomes people from all over the world and gives them the opportunity to discover ancient Egypt while exploring France.
|OSIRIS||Tue Oct 27|
|OSIRIS||Wed Oct 28|
|Visite guidée : Exposition Osiris, mystères engloutis d'Egypte Par Pierre-Yves Jaslet||Thu Oct 29|
|OSIRIS - Visite Guidée||Fri Oct 30|
|VISITE-PARCOURS EN FAMILLE||Sat Oct 31|
|OSIRIS||Sun Nov 01|
|OSIRIS||Tue Nov 03|
|OSIRIS||Wed Nov 04|
|OSIRIS||Thu Nov 05|
|OSIRIS||Fri Nov 06|
|Au « Caire » du flamenco||Sat Nov 07|
|OSIRIS||Sun Nov 08|
|OSIRIS||Tue Nov 10|
|OSIRIS||Wed Nov 11|
|OSIRIS - Visite Guidée||Thu Nov 12|
|OSIRIS||Fri Nov 13|
|Chants et danses soufis de Haute-Égypte||Sat Nov 14|
|OSIRIS||Sun Nov 15|
|OSIRIS||Tue Nov 17|
|OSIRIS||Wed Nov 18|
|OSIRIS||Thu Nov 19|
|OSIRIS||Fri Nov 20|
|Aux frontières de l'oriental-beat||Sat Nov 21|
|OSIRIS||Sun Nov 22|
|Arabic Sound System : Suuns + Jerusalem In My Heart||Mon Nov 23|
|OSIRIS||Tue Nov 24|
|OSIRIS||Wed Nov 25|
|OSIRIS||Thu Nov 26|
|OSIRIS||Fri Nov 27|
|Viajes ou le feu du flamenco||Sat Nov 28|
|OSIRIS||Sun Nov 29|
|OSIRIS||Tue Dec 01|
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