Memories of ancient Egypt are alive in the new millennium. They are encoded in the physical landscape, cultural practices, and psychic geographies of the West. Americans carry Egypt in their pockets. Consider the dollar bill—the most potent symbol of wealth in the world exudes Egyptian magic through the Masonic eye and pyramid. Watch CNN, a premiere cable news source, where newscaster Wolf Blitzer draws authority from an image of the stark obelisk of the Washington Monument. Stroll through the crowded Egyptian rooms of the British Museum or the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, where a 2007 exhibition of King Tut drew a record-breaking 1.3 million visitors eager to catch a glimpse of the relics of the boy king.
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