King Tut was only in his late teens when he died. The images in his tomb show a heathy, active ruler, hunting in the marshes and charging into battle on his chariot. How had he died so young? When X-rays taken in 1968 revealed a fracture on Tut’s skull, the answer seemed obvious. King Tut perished from a blow to the back of the head. So who killed him?
In Alexandria, Egypt, on August 12, 30 B.C.E., the woman known as the Last Pharaoh, Cleopatra VII, died. The official story was death by suicide. Her weapon of choice: the Egyptian cobra…
The way these physically challenged individuals were presented by their contemporaries speaks volumes about the ancient societies they lived in.
This spring, the American Society for Oriental Research (ASOR) has taken steps to address the issue of diversity in archaeology.
“If you’ve been to Egypt, you haven’t been to Africa.”
I don’t remember how I replied, though I’m sure I didn’t say what I was thinking: that last time I checked a map Egypt was located in Africa.
One of the positives of 2020 for those of us who are history buffs was many in-person meetings, conventions, and lectures were moved online. As a result, some surprising facts came to light.
Here are a few mysteries of ancient Egypt revealed in 2020…
Last month, while Tutankhamun, Thutmose IV, Ramessess II, and his Great Wife Nefertari shared their thoughts, a fifth akh was inadvertently shut out of the conversation. To rectify the error, the ancient Egyptian Netherworld now presents a message to posterity from Ramesses III, the Should-Have-Been-Greater.
When ancient Egyptians died, they became akhu, powerful spirits. With the proper post mortem care and continual offerings to sustain them, they could enter the Netherworld, join the Sun-God Ra on his nightly cruise of the Twelve Regions, sit on deck, and reminisce about their lives—and afterlives.
Those of us who live here call our country the Two Lands. The fertile area by our river is Kemet, “The Black Land” …. Any Kemetiu will tell you, we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.
On August 19, A.D. 14, the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus died in his family villa at Nola, a town in Southern Italy….The deceased emperor was declared a god, but not all deities readily welcomed him into their ranks…
In 1663 B.C., invaders from the Levant (Southwest Asia) conquered the northern half of the Two Lands (Egypt), claiming it as their own…. The North seemed lost, until a noble family, known as the Taosids came to power with a plan for reunification. This is their story.
Ramesses II (sometimes spelled Ramses), the third pharaoh of Egypt’s 19th dynasty, gets a bad rap. His monuments have irritated poets and historians alike. But there’s more to Ramesses than a pretty ugly face.
The ancient world had its share of pandemics, and Tut’s Egypt was not immune.
Here, I will continue to trace the lives of Augustus’s female descendants, with the tale of his great-granddaughter, a woman who made herself empress.
My previous work explored the life and death of Caesar Augustus’s only daughter, Julia, the princess who might have been a queen. Here, I will trace the lives of Julia’s female descendants, beginning with the daughter who challenged an emperor.
You’ve written the novel and tackled the synopsis. Now, as if wrestling hundreds of pages into a 1-2 page summary wasn’t challenging enough, it’s time to condense your story even further in the query letter.
The coffin’s face has been torn away, and the cartouche—the oval-shaped carving containing the occupant’s name—is hacked out.
And the mummy inside? More skeleton than embalmed flesh.
Who was this individual, and how did he wind up in such a sorry state?
Young Adult Historical Fantasy Kingdom of the Serpent Fifteen-year-old Princess Ankhes longs to emulate her father, the pharaoh, whose powerful prayer-spells command the sun to rise each day. When an ancestor spirit offers to teach her magic, Ankhes seizes the chance—even though she has to keep her lessons a secret from those she loves, including… Continue reading Novels
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