The ever-increasing number of those who visit theN ile Valley with every recurring winter should alone form, it would seem, a sufficiently numerous public to call for the production of a modern history of Eg3t. Besides these fortunate travellers, however, there is another growing circle of those who are beginning to realize the significance of the early East in the history of man. As theN ile poured its life-giving waters into the broad bosom of theM editerranean, so from the civilization of the wonderful people who so early emerged from barbarism on theN ile shores, there emanated and found their way to southern Europe rich and diversified influences of culture to which we of the western world are still indebted. Had theE uphrates flowed into theM editerranean likewise, our debt to Babylon would have been correspondingly as great as that which we owe theN ile Valley. It is toE gypt that we must look as the dominant power in theM editerranean basin, whether by force of arms or by sheer weight of superior civilization throughout the earliest career of man in southern Europe, and for long after the archaic age had been superseded by higher culture. To us who are in civilization the children of early Europe, it is of vital interest to raise the curtain and peer beyond into the ages which bequeathed our forefathers so precious a legacy.
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