Friday, September 22, 2017

August Reads



The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo

Synopsis: Inspired by the 1917 Russian revolution and the last months of the Romanov sisters, The Five Daughters of the Moon by Leena Likitalo is a beautifully crafted historical fantasy with elements of technology fueled by evil magic.

The Crescent Empire teeters on the edge of a revolution, and the Five Daughters of the Moon are the ones to determine its future.

My take:  I'm a sucker for the Russian Revolution even though I know it always ends badly. Take note: If you're looking for a literal retelling of the tale of the last Romanovs, this book will surely disappoint you. Some reviews crawl through the Romanov minutiae and enumerate the discrepancies, such as Daughters of the Moon makes no mention of the ailing son. There is an ailing youngest daughter. . . . so like I said, it's just not literal. If you want a good fantasy  that uses the Romanov story as a jumping off point, however, this novella will satisfy your longing.

As the description says, it is rather beautifully crafted, and the lore of both the Russian Revolution and the fantasy/magical elements  result in great world-building. Likalto does an excellent job of invoking Rasputin as an antagonist without making him a carbon copy of the mad monk. Each of the sisters have a couple of chapters that tell the story from their point of view, and the author does it nicely. I'm not so sure, however, that all five sisters were needed. The middle three sisters didn't seem unique enough, and I often confused them; that is often true of the historical Romanov sisters as well.

The novella has a rather nice steampunk ambiance with mechanical peacocks, lamps fueled by animal souls, and machines that require human souls to work. There is also magic, although that aspect is not a fleshed out as I might like it to be.

All in all, I liked this novella. It has a realistic ambivalence in which you can root both for those who need the revolution and those who suffer from its consequences. The elegiac tone reminded me of the non-fiction The Romanov Sisters, which I read a few years ago. I will definitely read the sequel.


Synopsis: Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic.

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

Televised since her early childhood, Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Now her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state.

My take: First off, let me say I loved this book. Some compared it to Hunger Games, and it's a fair comparison. Like Katniss, Roselle is a great kick-ass heroine in a genre where kick-ass heroines are becoming a dime a dozen. Like Katniss, we actually see what went into the making of the kick-ass part, whereas in many books we are just supposed to accept it when there is no reason to do so.  Unlike the tributes of the Hunger Games, however, these contestants aren't necessarily from the poor and downtrodden class, but often the ruling class itself, which causes its own set of problems. This book took what is becoming a rather tired trope and breathed some new life into it.

Clearly the book is dystopian, but in the vein of Red Rising instead of a completely shattered world. It certainly takes the whole idea of "the heir and the spare" to  new levels. It might even be an interesting treatise on what it's like psychologically to be the second born.

Above all, the story was engaging, well-paced, and had some good plot twists.

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Synopsis:Raised among New York’s high society, Lily Bart is beautiful, charming, and entirely without means. Determined to maintain the extravagant lifestyle to which she is accustomed, Lily embarks on a mission to marry a wealthy man who can secure her station. However, the businesslike proposals from her many suitors remain fruitless, and her thoughts keep returning to the one man she truly loves. Bedeviled by debt, betrayal, and vicious gossip, she is forced to confront the tragic cruelty just beneath the surface of the Gilded Age.

My take: I sometimes think of Edith Wharton as America's dark Jane Austen. The storys often start at the same place: woman from "good" society doesn't have the means (aka money) to maintain her position in that society.  While neither author spares  society their castigation for creating the problem, Austen heroines usually turn out just fine. Wharton heroines (and heroes for that matter) rarely do. Lily Bart may be one of the saddest and silliest protagonists ever. I read this novel every few years as a cautionary tale.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe Book 1) by Neal Shusterman

Synopsis:Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

My take: So many books to love this month, and this one gets a big dose of love. The idea of this book made me shiver, and the execution (no pun intended) of the idea did as well.

I really admire the way Shusterman takes on social issues that no one wants to touch and makes a compelling story of them. Usually, such stories are fairly heavy-handed, but Shusterman has a light touch that  inspires a great deal of thought. I was a big fan of his Unwind series, and the Arc of a Scythe books promise to deliver as well.

The character development in this book is excellent; the idea is daring and original; and the pacing is right on point.

House of Names: A Novel by Colm Toibin

Synopsis:From the thrilling imagination of bestselling, award-winning Colm Tóibín comes a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra—spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling—and her children.

“I have been acquainted with the smell of death.” So begins Clytemnestra’s tale of her own life in ancient Mycenae, the legendary Greek city from which her husband King Agamemnon left when he set sail with his army for Troy. Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war.

My take: I like novels based on the classics, but told from a different point of view. With a minor in mythology, I read plays and sat through the lectures on the mythos behind this story.

To the Greeks, Clytemnestra was a horror. Women murdering husbands for a wrongdoing was bad for the business of patriarchy--a system to which they were firmly attached. In the Oresteia, Aeschylus's telling of events, Orestes reestablishes order (i.e., male authority) but a resolve to kill one's own mother is hardly endearing. He's a conundrum for the modern reader: Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't, and I'm not sure Toibon changes our mind on that, although he spends a lot of time trying.  I could have done with a whole lot less Orestes and a whole lot more Clytemnestra.

The Last Boleyn: A Novel by Karen Harper

Synopsis: She survived her own innocence, and the treachery of Europe’s royal courts; The Last Boleyn is the story of the rise and fall of the Boleyns, one of England’s most powerful families, through the eyes of the eldest daughter, Mary.

My take: I always tell myself I will not buy another book on the Tudors, and then I remember Wolf Hall and relent. I'm not sure what the decision making process that went into this one was. Probably it went something like this: I'm going to the airport; I need an easy read; this book is on sale. Buy on impulse; regret at leisure.

The writing feels amateurish -- turgid and overblown with inappropriate adjectives, such as 'lumbering castle'. Research is shallow. I noted several inconsistencies from one page to the next in descriptions of the same scene, errors which would have been caught by careful editing. The writing style is  exhausting. Sentences are elongated with too many adverbs and adjectives to keep my attention.

A Rebellion In Heaven: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by John-Philip Penny

Synopsis: Will an immortal god sacrifice eternity to find true love, and the meaning of life?

This lyrical and poetic tale is set in ancient Egypt, when Pharaohs and strange but divine beings ruled over the fates of all.

Enter Anubis -- a young god, powerful, introspective, and heir to the throne of the Afterlife. Within himself he harbours a dark secret, one that throws his immortal soul
into chaos, and drives him to the edge of despair. . .

This poignant new novel from the author of Blood of a Barbarian, and Panzerfaust, is a clever blend of historical fiction, myth, spiritual adventure, and fantasy. It is,
above all, a meditation upon the eternal questions that we all ask ourselves: What is the meaning of life? How can one be happy? And how does one learn to give, and to receive, true love?

My take: Penny gets a few things wrong. For example, you simply cannot see the Pyramids from Thebes (Luxor), and the story of Anubis's birth doesn't jive with the most common myths. However, this book is a nice little read in the vein of American Gods. Anubis, more popular in artwork than in myth, deserves his own quest, and this novel does him proud. If you're an Egyptomaniac, as I clearly am, this is a must read.

His Wicked Wish: A Cinderella Sisterhood Novel (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) by Olivia Drake

Synopsis: MARRIAGE TO A NOBLEMAN? NOT IN HER WILDEST DREAMS. . .

The daughter of a disgraced woman and a common actor, Madelyn Swann has been shunned by the nobility. No proper lady would traipse about on a Covent Garden stage, let alone sell herself at auction to the highest bidder. So why in heaven’s name would Nathan Atwood, Viscount Rowley, make a generous offer for her hand?

Turns out Maddy is exactly the type of woman Nathan wants as his wife. Finally, he can embarrass his snobbish and cruel father, the Earl of Gilmore—and scandalize London society—with his beautiful, unsuitable bride. Then he’ll depart England forever and leave his wife behind. Having secret plans of her own, Maddy is happy to play the role … only to find that enjoying her husband’s seduction requires no acting whatsoever. But as she falls madly in love with Nathan, can she persuade him to stay with her for always?

My take: I received this book directly from the hands of the author at a Romance Writers of America 2017 Conference party. It was fun and predictable. I read it in an evening. Sometimes, that's just what I want to do.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ancient Egypt September 18


Ancient Egypt’s Book of the Dead exhibition at Chicago

he Oriental Institute of University of Chicago will host an exhibition about Ancient Egypt’s Book of the Dead from October 3, 2017 to March 31, 2018.

More than 50 objects define and explore the Book of the Dead will be displayed in the exhibition.

“The show features two spectacular Books of the Dead—one 41 feet long—which are shown in their entirety for the first time in nearly a century,” according to the museum’s official website.

ANCIENT EGYPT: GAMING’S NEGLECTED SETTING

Ancient Egypt is one of the most fascinating times in human culture. It is one of mystery, in which we strive to learn more about. It has given us iconic images in the forms of the pyramids and the sphinx, pharaohs, grand palaces, mummies and more. Things both real and imaginary have captured our fascination and imagination of this world for thousands of years. People can recognise names like Cleopatra, Ramses and Tutankhamun, as well as fictional with the likes of the Egyptian gods Anubis, Osiris, Thoth and Ra. It is a time with a distinct look, with gold, hieroglyphs, boats on the Nile, the sun setting over Giza, ancient burial chambers, treasure and more being what we think of when we think of Ancient Egypt.

Paris hosts Egypt’s celebration of Abu Simbel relocation anniversary

Antiquities Minister Khaked al-Anani expressed his full appreciation for the efforts exerted by the Egyptian government in cooperation with UNESCO in the relocation and rescue of the Abu Simbel temples during the last century, which was part of the international campaign to save the monuments of Nubia in 1962.

In ancient Egypt, scribal school was the path to the priesthood and the good life

At this moment, I am teaching a section on ancient Egyptology and droning on about burial practices, pagan gods, pyramids and the development of hieroglyphic writing. But I also point out to them what it would have been like to be students in the old days. And I can assure you it was a lot harder back then in the good old days on the Nile than it is now.

Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt
Mummified Ibis, 30 B.C.E.–100 C.E. Animal remains, bronze, linen, 29516 x 41316 in. (74.5 × 12.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.655

Soulful Creatures is the first major exhibition to focus on one of the most fascinating aspects of ancient Egyptian culture and religion—the mummification of animals. Drawing on the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned Egyptian collection, this presentation includes 30 mummies on display alongside 69 masterworks of Egyptian art related to the ritual use of animal mummies.

The Met Acquires Ancient Egyptian Gilded Coffin
 Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced Tuesday that it has acquired an ancient Egyptian gilded cartonnage coffin from the first century B.C. The highly ornamented lid of the coffin is displayed prominently in the Museum's Lila Acheson Wallace Galleries for Egyptian Art (gallery 138), where it will be seen and enjoyed by millions of visitors.

Exhibition at l’Hôtel Cabu, Musée d’Histoire et d’Archéologie, Orléans.

From the Petrie Museum Unofficial Page - Facebook: The Egyptian collections of the museums of Orléans which have been in storage for nearly 70 years will now be on display from the 16th of September to 11th of March 2018 in a new exhibition - Du Nil à la Loire. It will count more than 300 objects among which an exceptional collection of funerary cones (121 of them)!

Several conferences and a Colloquium will also be offered. Read more here: OR here.



Ubisoft drops new trailer for Assassins Creed: Origins introducing the Order of the Ancients

The latest installment in the Assassins Creed's series called Assassin's Creed: Origins was first unveiled at the E3 event this year. While the game, set in ancient Egypt and Roman times, has release scheduled for 27 October, the game's developers Ubisoft have released a trailer which reveal more on the primary antagonist group in the game called as the Order of the Ancients.



Peek inside Egypt's latest tomb discovery

CNN looks at the latest discovery of a tomb found in Luxor, EgyptSource: CNN

Monday, September 11, 2017

Ancient Egypt September 11



Newly unearthed ancient tomb with mummies unveiled in Egypt

Egyptian authorities unveiled a previously undiscovered ancient tomb belonging to a goldsmith and his wife near Luxor in southern Egypt on Saturday.

The tomb, at the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis, contains "mummies, sarcophagi, statuettes, pots and other artifacts," according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities.

Article: Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead needs no introduction. It is one of the most iconic objects from the ancient world. Millions of people have seen examples on display in collections all over the globe. Literary plots have been written around it, and movies have climaxed with dramatic readings of its mysterious spells. It continues to have profound influences throughout music, art, mysticism, and the occult. Without question, it deserves a prominent place among the most important religious compositions in human history.


The Most Famous Ancient Egyptian Site You Have Never Heard Of
Double coffin of Khonsumose, Medelhavsmusee, Uppsala (courtesy Aidan Dodson)

As dusk settles over modern Luxor, and from the very top of the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, it is possible — as it was in antiquity — to make out the outline of the great temple of Karnak across the Nile.

Look down from that vantage point, on a line towards the modern visitors’ centre, and you will also see a rather unprepossessing low square of wall—unlabeled and ignored by the passing tourists and local people alike.

The face of a mystery ruler revealed: Smashed head from a 4,300-year-old statue shows unknown Egyptian pharaoh

A smashed-up sculpture unearthed at the site of the ancient city Hazor is, ‘beyond any doubt,’ the representation of an Egyptian pharaoh, experts say.
Just who the 4,300-year-old effigy was modeled after, however, remains a mystery.
Discussing the find in a new book, researchers reveal the sculpture has raised a number of questions since it was first discovered in the 1990s, leaving archaeologists perplexed as to how it ended up in Hazor, in northern Israel.

King Tut exhibit moves to state-of-the-art facility

The treasures of the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun are being moved to a new home, a state-of-the-art facility, and NBC News was given special access to the painstaking process. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports for TODAY.

There's a great video at the link.



Pictures of the Week

Gold bowl of general Djehuty, given by King Thutmose III
New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty. Reign of Thutmose III, ca. 1479-1425 BC.
Now in the Louvre.




Wooden statue of the God Qebehsenuef, one of the four sons of Horus. 400–30 BC.
Metropolitan Museum.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Ancient Egypt September 4


Labor Day in Ancient Egypt

Labor Day is a holiday in the United States, and one most of us look forward to celebrating. (Who doesn't like a day off work?) This link is to a post I did last for Labor Day 2015; to be perfectly honest, not that much changed in ancient Egyptian labor practices since last year.

The Egyptian Museum of Barcelona

The Egyptian Museum Barcelonaopened in 1994 to display the Egyptian collection of Jordi Clos and introduce the public to 1,100 Egyptian artefacts and various temporary exhibitions. It forms part of the Clos Archaeological Foundation, which also funds archaeological expeditions and training.

The museum is served by the efficient Barcelona metro and easily found between Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia masterpiece and the Passeig De Catalunya, where many other modernist buildings are located. The museum is clean, tidy and well lit and the exhibits are displayed across three floors.

Formwerk3D helps 3D scan rare bust of Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten

Up until now, if you wanted to see the rare Ancient Egyptian bust of Akhenaten you would have had to bustle through a crowd at Hannover’s Museum August Kestner and peer past a casing of protective glass. Now, thanks to 3D scanning technologies, you don’t even have to make the trip to Germany to see the stunning artwork.


The Pharaoh’s Magic – Imagery and Diplomacy in the Late Bronze Age

Today we imagine Egyptian magic through the lenses of the Bible and films. But what was the ‘actual’ role of ancient Egyptian magic in the royal palace when the king received foreign delegations?

Imagine you are an upper class Hittite. In your own country you serve your king and live a comfortable life in a spacious estate surrounded by many exotic luxury goods. You have the respect of your peers and command the service of the rest of the population. As a friend of the king of Hatti you are also well-versed in foreign politics, and so you are assigned to visit the king of Egypt and deliver gifts.

A Royal Children’s tomb discovered in the West Bank’s Valley of the Kings in Luxor
By I, Nikater, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2635512

According to Dr. Abdel Hakim Karrar, Archaeologist in Egypt, the excavations carried out by the Swiss archaeological delegation of the University of Basel in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor’s West Bank have uncovered several rooms inside tomb KV.40 that were apparently used by the children of the royal family, specifically sons of the Kings Thutmose IV and Amenhotep III (1400-1350 B.C.)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ancient Egypt August 28



Britain’s best places to see: Ancient Egyptian artefacts

Servant girl carrying a jar, Northumberland Collection, EG4007, Oriental Museum, Durham University. © Durham University

The Ancient Egyptians are well known for their innovative everyday lives and their famously extravagant death rituals. Millions of Ancient Egyptian artefacts have made their way to the UK thanks to the efforts of early archaeologists, travellers and enthusiasts.

Valley of the Gods Slot by Yggdrasil Debuts Today

Ancient Gods remains a popular theme with slots game providers. The latest masterpiece by Yggdrasil is Valley of the Gods. This video slot game is fully compatible with mobile devices – Android and iOS, and has a RTP (return to player) of 96.2%. This Egyptian-themed slot game features multiple enticing elements such as invoking ancient incantations, generous multipliers and free lives. Valley of the Gods slot showcases the ancient Egyptian gods, Horus and Anubis.

Former Masonic lodge built in ancient Egyptian style is a curiosity in leafy eastern suburb Canterbury


A STRANGE building in the leafy eastern suburb of Canterbury has fascinated locals and visitors for decades.

Emulation Hall, a former Masonic centre, was built in 1927 and features ancient Egyptian motifs like a golden-winged dung beetle and astrological symbols.

Temple of Kom Ombo

The Temple of Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple constructed during the Ptolemaic period, which lasted from 108 to 47 BC. The ancient Egyptian place of worship features a unique engraving that is thought to be among the first representations of medical and surgical instruments.

Princess tomb

The recent discovery of the tomb of an ancient Egyptian princess from the Fifth Dynasty has opened a new chapter in the saga of the Abusir necropolis, says Nevine El-Aref.

An archaeological mission from the Czech Institute of Egyptology at the Charles University in Prague, who is carrying out routine excavations on the north side of the Abusir necropolis, 30km south of the Giza Plateau, has been taken by surprise with the discovery of an important rock-hewn tomb.

Egyptian Solar Boat Beam Damaged During Excavation

CAIRO, EGYPT—Archaeologists and restorers traveled to the Giza Plateau to investigate the condition of one of the beams of a solar boat buried along with the pharaoh Khufu, which was damaged during an excavation, according to a report from Ahram Online.

Why these authors forged a friendship is no mystery

This story starts at a kitchen table in Maryland and ends on the book world’s most prestigious bestseller list. In between is a memorable stop in Madison.

Elizabeth Peters was a highly popular writer of historical fiction, especially a series of mysteries featuring the amateur Egyptologist Amelia Peabody. Peters died in 2013.

As the obituaries noted, Elizabeth Peters was a pseudonym for Barbara Mertz, a Maryland author who chose the pen name utilizing the names of her two children: Elizabeth and Peter. Mertz died at 85, having completed about one-third of her 20th and final Amelia Peabody mystery.

Among the mourners at Mertz’s funeral was her close friend and fellow mystery author Joan Hess, who lives in Austin, Texas.

Explore Ancient Egypt with new Assassin’s Creed Origins cinematic trailer

Ancient Egypt, a land of majesty and intrigue, is disappearing in a ruthless fight for power. Unveil dark secrets and forgotten myths as you go back to the one founding moment: The Origins of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.

Start here, at the very beginning, with the never-before-told origin story of Assassin’s Creed. You are Bayek, protector of Egypt, whose personal story will lead to the creation of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.

Uncover lost tombs and explore the pyramids. Discover the secrets of the ancient mummies, Egyptian gods, and the last pharaohs.





Monday, August 21, 2017

Ancient Egypt August 21


Happy Eclipse Day!

From Kara Cooney's Facebook page: Many think this image - from the Egyptian tomb of Sennedjem, Theban Tomb 1 - is a full solar eclipse, with sun darkened and stars visible in the sky simultaneously. There was an eclipse on July 27th 1258 BCE @ Thebes; duration 3 min 12 secs, dated to year 22 of the 66 year reign of Ramses II. See this article.

Egypt loses 33,600 historical artefacts over 50 years
Stolen artifacts retrieved by the police (photo credit: AP/Khalil Hamra)

The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities yesterday announced the loss of around 33,600 archaeological artefacts over more than half a century.

The ministry said in a statement that 32,638 artefacts had been lost over more than 50 years, according to recent inventory works.

Attempt to smuggle 18th century artefacts foiled at Egypt’s Hurghada port
The handle of the cane

Egyptian authorities have foiled an attempt to smuggle six 18th century artefacts at a port in the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada.

Ahmed Al-Rawi, the head of the Central Administration of Seized Antiquities Unit at the antiquities ministry, says that the seized artefacts were in the possession of a Saudi citizen.

Possible ancient monks' complex discovered in Minya excavations
Remains of the residential area

Excavation work in Minya has uncovered an ancient settlement that might be a monks’ complex, the antiquities ministry have said.
Ayman Ashmawi, the head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Department at the ministry, said that the settlement in the area besides the Al-Nassara necropolis in Al-Bahnasa includes a collection of rock-hewn tombs and a residential area, dating from the 5th century AD.

Malawi Museum survives 3 years after Rabaa sit-in dispersal

In August 2013 following the dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins, pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters stormed the Malawi Museum, leaving it almost completely looted. But after three years of renovation Malawi National Museum managed to survive again to become even better than before.

Archaeologists In Egypt Discover Three Millennia-Old Tombs
One of the three tombs discovered in al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area, south of Cairo (AFP)

The tombs excavated in the Al-Kamin al-Sahrawi area in Minya province south of Cairo were in burial grounds constructed some time between the 27th Dynasty and the Greco-Roman period.

The team found "a collection of sarcophagi of different shapes and sizes, as well as clay fragments," the statement quoted Ayman Ashmawy, head of the ministry's Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector, as saying.

Barbie dolls get turned into Egyptian mummies at Bolton Library

FIRST we had disco Barbie, then model Barbie .... now we have mummified Barbie.

The ancient Egyptian practice once used to bury the dead was put into practice using the popular children’s doll.

Barbie dolls were given a unique makeover on Saturday as part of a series of events at Bolton Library and Museum celebrating the forthcoming launch of its Egyptology gallery.

Ancient Egyptian Tomb Warnings Curses and Ghosts

With The Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Burial exhibition currently on display at the National Museum of Scotland, I wanted to take the opportunity to discuss the popular misconception that ancient Egyptian tombs all contain curses. This idea became widespread due to the sensationalist journalism that followed the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. The death of Lord Carnarvon in the months after the opening of the tomb fit well with the idea of a long dead Pharaoh wishing for retribution and of course produced great headlines.

Merneptah Stele changed from Israel Stele to Victory Stele of Merneptah

.The General Manager of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square Sabah Abdel Razik said on Monday that the description of Merneptah Stele was changed from Israel Stele to the Victory Stele of Merneptah. . . The stela represents the earliest textual reference to Israel and the only reference from ancient Egypt.

Mother of Egyptian archaeologists
Obituary: Tohfa Handoussa (1937-2017)

On 16 July this year, Tohfa Handoussa, often called the “mother of Egyptian archaeologists” and a distinguished emeritus professor of Egyptology at the Faculty of Archaeology at Cairo University, passed away after a long illness.

Handoussa was one of the most important pillars of the middle generation of the Egyptian School of Egyptology, which also included important figures such as Abdel-Halim Noureddin, Ali Radwan, Faiza Heikal, Gaballah Ali Gaballah, Sayed Tawfik, Mohamed Ibrahim Moursi and others.On 16 July this year, Tohfa Handoussa, often called the “mother of Egyptian archaeologists” and a distinguished emeritus professor of Egyptology at the Faculty of Archaeology at Cairo University, passed away after a long illness.

Handoussa was one of the most important pillars of the middle generation of the Egyptian School of Egyptology, which also included important figures such as Abdel-Halim Noureddin, Ali Radwan, Faiza Heikal, Gaballah Ali Gaballah, Sayed Tawfik, Mohamed Ibrahim Moursi and others.

Picture of the week

The god Djehuty returning his eye to Horus after the God Set damaged it. Louvre Museum.