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Ancient Egyptians at home in Turin

By Ariel David

Although the Greeks invented the Olympics, the ancient Egyptians were no couch potatoes in athletic feats. Pharaoh Amenhotep II – an accomplished horse rider, runner and archer – bragged that he was the greatest sportsman of all time and made sure royal sculptors captured his massive biceps and pecs.

The granite colossus of the 15th-century B.C. ruler is just one of the ancient marvels that Turin’s Egyptian Museum offers to visitors looking for something different in this northern city and the surrounding Alpine slopes. The Museo Egizio claims one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities outside Cairo. Just in time for the 2006 Winter Olympics, which began 10 days ago, it opened a new pride-and-joy gallery set up by Dante Ferretti, Oscar-winning art director for “The Aviator.”

Read the original article at: The Post & Courier

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