The Egyptian Cat-goddess Temple

19 Jan

Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000-year-old temple that may have been dedicated to the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said Tuesday. The ruins of the Ptolemaic-era temple were discovered by Egyptian archaeologists in the heart of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C.

Alexandria’s a beautiful city. Far nicer than Cairo and a thousand times cleaner. This is a neat discovery and offers evidence as to why the Ptolemaic empire was defeated: any culture that worships cats is doomed from the outset.   😉

Anyway, my anti-kitty-ness notwithstanding, the article is interesting and worth your time to read.  They even have photos of some of the artifacts.

And – speaking of Alexandria, here are some photos from there I took in 2009.

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