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Sara Ahmed just became the first Egyptian woman to stand on an Olympic podium.

Sara Ahmed, an 18-year-old Egyptian weightlifter, won bronze in her 69-kilogram division, to become the first Arab woman to be presented with an Olympic medal in weightlifting. She’s also the first Egyptian woman to win a medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to the Khaleej Times.

Ahmed hopes her achievement will inspire Egyptian girls and women to take up weightlifting. "I hope it will encourage other girls to take up the sport,“ Ahmed said to the Khaleej Times. "A new weightlifting generation can be born, a new beginning.”

Interestingly, she’s the first Egyptian woman to stand on the podium but not the first to win a weightlifting medal. 

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ANUBIS (/əˈnuːbᵻs/ or /əˈnjuːbᵻs/ )  ;  is the Egyptian God associated with mummification.  Though once the foremost god of the underworld, over time he became specifically tasked with the process of embalming and funeral rites.  Being the adoptive son of Osiris, it is he who preforms the act of the weighing of the heart upon one’s entrance into the land of the dead, and thus determining the fate of the deceased.  One of Anubis’s most notable tasks was the guiding of souls into the afterlife, and in this the abandoning of those deemed guilty to Ammit.  His name is derived from the same root as the word for “royal child”, though it can also be determined to be closely related to the term for  “ to  d e c a y .” 

Ancient Egyptian works to be published together in English for first time

Ancient Egyptian texts written on rock faces and papyri are being brought together for the general reader for the first time after a Cambridge academic translated the hieroglyphic writings into modern English.

Until now few people beyond specialists have been able to read the texts, many of them inaccessible within tombs. While ancient Greek and Roman texts are widely accessible in modern editions, those from ancient Egypt have been largely overlooked, and the civilisation is most famous for its monuments.

The Great Pyramid and sphinx at Giza, the tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel have shaped our image of the monumental pharaonic culture and its mysterious god-kings.

Toby Wilkinson said he had decided to begin work on the anthology because there was a missing dimension in how ancient Egypt was viewed: “The life of the mind, as expressed in the written word.” Read more.