1155 East 58th St
FILM: Nubia ’64: Saving the Temples of Ancient Egypt
Join us on Sunday afternoon to enjoy the best in documentary films on the ancient Near East at the Oriental Institute. Films running times range from 30 to 50 minutes. Docents will be available in the galleries following each film.
The ancient Egyptians built colossal temples and shrines along the banks of the River Nile, because they knew that from its yearly flooding came the whole prosperity of their land. But when the modern rulers of Egypt decided to dam the Nile in Nubia to ensure regular irrigation along 600 miles of its course, they knew that the river’s level was bound to rise and rise until some of the monuments on the former banks were completely submerged. Only a huge exercise in conservation, in which the experts of many nations cooperated, could save these priceless treasures. What took hundreds of years and thousands of people to build had to be moved and reassembled in months on the higher banks of the Nile.
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Oriental Institute, Breasted Hall
1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL
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