This section contains translations of key texts from Egypt and from Classical writers on Egypt.
The more you contemplate the antiquities of Egypt, the more your wonder increases, and the more closely you examine them, the more delight you experience. No sooner do you think that you have discerned their meaning than a wilder idea springs into your mind, and just when you think you have learned something from them, you perceive a greater secret beyond it
— ‘Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi, The Eastern Key 136 (34r), trans. Mark Fraser Pettigrew