Men may come, Men may go but their memories stay forever and remain in our minds. This is exactly what happens with legends like Selim Hassan, the most acclaimed Egyptologist in the Arab world.
Throughout his life, he made a series of significant archaeological excavations and discoveries and wrote 50 books documenting Egyptian history.
Hassan spent his childhood and youth in Mit Nagi village, where his father, a humble countryside man headed the administrative department of Mit Ghamr.
In 1887, Hassan was born to a vice mayor of Mit Ghamr village, who wanted him to study law because it was prestigious and could secure him a government position, but Hassan was actually fascinated by antiquities and ancient Egyptian history.
After graduating from high school in 1909, Hassan began his studies at Masters and Teachers college, but three years later he decided to modify the area of his scientific interests.
In 1913 he joined the Archaeology Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences and History, Cairo University, where he was engaged in the historical excavation of Luxor and upper Egypt’s mounds under the guidance of the famous Austrian archaeologist Yonker.
The most important event in the scientific life of the scientist was the discovery of the Tombs of Khafre and other significant excavations at the Pyramids site.
The study of the found anticipant antiques and treasures writings opened a new page in the history of the study of the Pharaohs’ life and their language, expanded scientists’ ideas about the life of medieval man and the Middle Royal Family.
Moreover, Hassan’s valuable writings significantly changed the traditional beliefs about a degree of literacy in Old Egypt.
For several years Hassan, his colleagues, and students had written several fundamental works on these most important historical sources.