Women on the Nile in the “Golden Age” of Travel

People have been traveling to Egypt for millennia, but the “Golden Age” of tourism for Westerners began in the mid-19th century. Because many of the travelers were men, we focus much more on them than on women who took holidays on the Nile. Their experience was different than that of their male counterparts.

In this talk, Kathleen Sheppard will focus on many of these women and their experiences traveling to Egypt. When should they go? Who should they travel with? What could they do and see? What could they expect to find? And the evergreen question: What should they pack?

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Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire

Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, a French zoologist, was born Apr. 15, 1772.  Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (that is the proper form for his long last name) is best known for a controversy involving Georges Cuvier in 1830, in which Geoffroy argued that species are transient...

Jean Protain

Jean Constantin Protain, a French architect and artist, was born Jan. 6, 1769. Protain was one of the 151 savants—engineers, artists, naturalists—who accompanied Napoleon on his invasion of Egypt in 1798. After Napoleon and his troops had reached Cairo and won the...

François-Charles Cécile

François-Charles Cécile, a French topographic engineer, was born Oct. 19, 1766. In 1798, Cécile was one of 151 engineers, artists, and naturalists, selected to join Napoleon on his invasion of Egypt. These savants gathered in Cairo, organized a society, the Institute...

François-Michel de Rozière

François-Michel de Rozière, a French mining engineer, was born Sep. 29, 1775. Fresh out of the new School of Mines, he was snared by the organizers of Napoleon’s scientific expedition to Egypt in 1798 and sent along as an assistant mineralogist. When his chief,...