"forty centuries looking down from the Pyramids"
The Pyramids of Giza
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Pyramids of Giza - Credit: Ricardo Liberato
 See bookmark to Page 937, "as in Africa he had had to put on a burnous and sit in a Mosque".

When Napoleon addressed his troops before the Battle of the Pyramids in 1798 he said "Think of it, soldiers; from the summit of these pyramids, forty centuries look down upon you."

Read an entertaining account of Napoleon's time in Egypt.