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January 7 to 22, 2020

Journey with Stanford classics professor Grant Parker to ancient Nubia, set on the Nile. Meet present-day Nubians—descended from the founders of this once-great empire.

Converging waters. Explore Sudan’s capital city, Khartoum, located at the confluence of the White and Blue Niles. Visit the Sudan National Museum  to view a pair of Egyptian temples rescued from  the rising waters of Lake Nasser in the 1960s. The elephant in the room. Visit Musawwarat es-Sufra, whose UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Enclosure—a labyrinth of temples and courtyards—was possibly once an elephant training camp. Dead ringers. Marvel at the royal necropolises of El-Kurru, Nuri and Meroë, startlingly similar to the  funerary edifices of ancient Egypt with their pyra-mids and hieroglyphics, but rarely visited by  westerners—unlike their Egyptian counterparts.




Grant Parker

Dr. Grant Parker, an associate professor of classics at Stanford, has pursued a variety of interests - the Mediterranean Sea and ancient Rome's fascination with Egyptian obelisks and other exotica.

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