Today I feel miserable but I’m not going to talk about that. I need to move past it. My Mom has gone on an Egyptian kick and taken me along with. Every few weeks something new shows up with something to do with Egypt and her history. We have both been in to Egyptology since I was in diapers. I can remember the road trip from Detroit to Chicago to go see the King Tut exhibit when they brought him on the world tour. I remember the dazzling artifacts on display as well as the golden sarcophagus.
I just checked my phone. 1977 is when the exhibit was there so I was 4 or 5 when we went. I also remember being very concerned that they had killed the animals for the sole purpose of stuffing and putting them on display. It took my parents a lot of talking to get me to go thru and look at the dioramas. But I will always remember waiting in line and going thru the exhibit. Every time I look at pictures of the items from his tomb I am taken back. They look exactly like they do in the pictures. I remember being surprised at that as well.
Mom had always enjoyed Egypt and it’s history. I was familiar King Tut and Ramses from a young age. As I’ve gotten older I have done exploring on my own with the topic and accumulated my own little library of research books including a beautiful copy of “Egyptian Grammar” by Sir Alan Gardiner. It is a 1969 third edition but I love it just the same. It is a wonderfully big book, very comforting in it’s weight of knowledge.
I have a couple of shelves in my library dedicated to my Egyptology. I am constantly browsing, picking up this or that. I still am trying to learn hieroglyphics. I add to this library as I find books. Or more recently as others find them. One collection of books I want to get are actually fiction. They are the Ramses series by Christian Jacq. I read I believe two of them from the library in Traverse but they never had the whole set (if they weren’t borrowed someone had taken them). They are told from the view point of Ramses II. The series spans five books. If I want my non fiction I lean toward Barbara Mertz. And like Jacq she was an Egyptologist who also wrote fiction. She wrote the Amelia Peabody series under the pen name Elizabeth Peters. Amelia Peabody is an independent woman during the Victorian era. Her escapades lead her in to many mysteries. It is a wonderful series!
I could go on and on but I won’t. I have a love for history and Egypt is probably one of the first loves in a long line. And after that rousing chat I think I am going to raid my bookshelves and take a trip back in time.