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Party Like an Egyptian
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"We here at All Puns Intended are throwing a party to celebrate the anniversary of the Arab Spring! We've bent the laws of time and space to invite ten accomplished Egyptians, from the ancient past to modern times. Come and make merry with us!"
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Our celebration became a truly royal affair once our first guest accepted the invite. Which Egyptian ruler, active around 51 BC, who thought of herself as a reincarnation of the goddess Isis, gained sole rulership but committed suicide after her lover Mark Antony took his own life?
Boutros Boutros-Ghali is trying to choose between the cup of coffee in one hand and the slice of apple cake in the other, all while explaining the nuances of the demonstrations in Tahrir Square. This lawyer and statesman should know what he's talking about! From 1992 to 1996, he held what prestigious international posting?
President of the World Bank
Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ambassador to the European Union
President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Which famous Egyptian, who may have inspired the Bangles party hit "Walk Like an Egyptian", was a counselor to Pharaoh Djoser in the 27th Century BC? He also lends his name to the main antagonist in the 1932 movie "The Mummy" and the 1999 remake, as well as its sequel "The Mummy Returns".
This Cairo-born partygoer advocated democracy his whole career, and his excitement is palpable. He tells you this is the best reason he's ever seen to celebrate, which means a lot - he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1988! Name the man whose 1950s "Cairo Trilogy" traced three generations of Egyptian politics and society, and whose "Children of Gebelawi" was banned until the year he died.
Our next invited guest, Euclid, is really adding a lot to our party. Whilst not a lot is known about the mysterious Euclid, much of his work was conducted in Alexandria around 300BC, including the work "Elements", which shaped much future research in his field. In which field is Euclid best known?
Which Egyptian was Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1997-2009, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, and played a major role in the Arab Spring Uprisings in 2011?
Our next celebrant was one of the earliest Christian theologians. Always a scholar, he's quick with a pun, and tells you that his name makes it only natural for him to celebrate the beginning of something new. His ideas about early Christian writings shaped the New Testament of the Bible, but he fell into disfavor because of his ideas about the Holy Trinity. Who is he?
In a corner, munching on some sweet kahk, you spot a famous twentieth-century statesman. Which Egyptian president was once a staunch adversary of Israel but then became a peace partner with the Jewish state, and finally paid for this move with his life?
Gamal Abdel Nasser
It takes serious charisma to dominate the dance floor at such a star-studded party, but one guest clearly loves to perform. Which Egyptian actor, born as Michel Dimitri Shalhoub in Alexandria and well known for his role in "Lawrence of Arabia" in 1962, have we invited to our oasis party?
"Fancy dress is fine but if someone shows up in a Batman costume, I'm out of there" was the curt RSVP from which ancient Egyptian leader whose rest was disturbed by Howard Carter in 1922?
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Compiled Jan 21 15