Among the first chapters in the history of Western art is the one devoted to Egypt, with much of the subsequent story tracing its origins to the objects and buildings produced in the Nile Valley more than 3,000 years ago. This was long before -- millennia before, as it happens -- the Greeks or Romans. The Egyptians of that time lived in cities, grew crops, had a written language and highly organized political systems, and embraced elaborate spiritual beliefs. But if it weren't for the Egyptians' pursuit of eternal life, which led them to build elaborate tombs filled with artifacts, we surely wouldn't know so... More >>>