Egypt: Gotterdammerung in the Desert


Ever since Heinrich Schliemann un covered the ruins of Agamemnon's court in Greece, Germans have been among the most relentless of antiquarians. It seemed only natural, therefore, for some adventurous German technicians working at Gamal Abdel Nasser's jet airplane factory outside Cairo to decide to drive 300 miles across the Libyan Desert to the remote Siwa Oasis, site of Roman temple ruins and the classical oracle of Jupiter Ammon, consulted by Alexander the Great. It was to be a week-long vacation. The group included Gunther...

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