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September 12, 2017

Everybody loves a good mummy! As early as the the Victorian Era, mummies have captivated people's imaginations, frequently leading to bouts of "Egyptomania" and periods of increased interest in ancient Egyptian history and material culture (such as the so-called "Egypt...

September 5, 2017

After a brief hiatus, Thutmose Tuesday is back! This week, I figured we'd discuss one of the most iconic and recognizable ancient Egyptian symbols, the scarab. Associated with the beetle-headed god Khepri (the embodiment of Ra as the rising sun), beginning in the Middl...

August 22, 2017

When I was visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art this week, one particular exhibition caught my eye. Nestled into the museum’s Egyptian collection was a room covered in framed paintings from the walls of New Kingdom tombs. They were all facsimiles – that is, they wer...

August 21, 2017

Today, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over much of the United States. The last visible solar eclipse in the U.S. occurred in 1979, preceded by another eclipse in 1918. This celestial event has (obviously) been a popular topic of conversation lately, s...

August 16, 2017

For this week's Thutmose Tuesday, we're taking a look at Central Park's oldest attraction: Cleopatra's Needle. It probably won't surprise you to learn that this 70-foot-tall ancient obelisk has nothing to do with Cleopatra VII. It was built for another Egyptian ruler m...

August 8, 2017

Fashion fit for a pharaoh! Today, we'll be looking at a simple yet intriguing facet of 18th Dynasty life: clothing. For an ancient Egyptian king,   clothing, crowns, and other accessories were symbols of power and status, which usually also had specific symbolic meanin...

August 1, 2017

What's a king without his queen(s)? For this week's Thutmose Tuesday, we'll be taking a look at the royal harem, a facet of ancient Egyptian court life that took on a particular significance during the New Kingdom. Every 18th Dynasty king (save Hatshepsut) had a harem,...

August 1, 2017

For our first official foray into Egyptian mythology, I thought I'd share one of the most popular stories from the ancient Egyptian religious tradition: the Osiris Myth. It's got it all, from murder,  to betrayal, to incest, to dismembered bodies....

July 25, 2017

Mummies sure do turn up in the oddest of places! Today, we're going to be talking about "mummy caches," hidden tombs and caves used for the express purpose of concealing and protecting the remains of Egyptian pharaohs. Because this is Thutmose Tuesday, we'll be talking...

July 23, 2017

One of the most controversial rulers in ancient Egyptian history, Akhenaten (formerly Amenhotep IV) was never meant to be king. The second son of pharaoh Amenhotep III (and grandson of Thutmose IV), he was preceded in the line of succession by his elder brother Prince...

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