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The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography$
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Anna Botsford Comstock and Karen Penders St. Clair

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501716270

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501716270.001.0001

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A Sabbatical Year Abroad—Egypt and Greece

A Sabbatical Year Abroad—Egypt and Greece

(p.275) Chapter XII A Sabbatical Year Abroad—Egypt and Greece
The Comstocks of Cornell-The Definitive Autobiography

Anna Botsford Comstock

, Karen Penders St. Clair
Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Anna Botsford and John Henry Comstock's sabbatical year abroad in Egypt and Greece. On January 1, 1908, the Comstocks boarded the Italian steamer “Perseo,” bounded for Alexandria. Arriving early on January 5 in the city of Euclid and Cleopatra, the Comstocks then visited the Egyptian Quarter—a narrow, crooked street through houses that date back to Cleopatra's time. From Alexandria, they traveled to Cairo, where they wandered through the Ezbekieh Gardens and admired the palm trees and studied the hooded crows. They also took a train to Old Cairo and visited the pyramids. However, one of their most interesting experiences in Cairo was a visit to the University which is held in the Mosque of Gamai el-Azhar. Later, it was on the S.S. Osmaniah that the Comstocks took passage from Alexandria to Greece. They then went to the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Athens.

Keywords:   Anna Botsford Comstock, John Henry Comstock, Egypt, Greece, Alexandria, Cairo, Old Cairo, Gamai el-Azhar University, Gamai el-Azhar Mosque, Athens

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