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03 March 2010 @ 12:25 pm
Books and some old, dead dudes  
Over the past couple of months, I've somehow ended up with a number of new books on my hands. This may or may not have something to do with joining Paperbackswap... They've been piling up in a few small stacks around my room, and yesterday I came to the decision that they needed to be shelved. Unfortunately, this meant my bookcases would have to go some rearrangement. It's odd looking at them now... the views in my room aren't the same anymore. It's like someone came along and moved the tree you would always watch from your window to the other side of the yard. The saddest part, I think, is that all of my Alexander books (fiction and non) were relegated to the hallway, along with the other historical fiction things. It makes sense - all of my other history books are on the bookcase out there, and I don't have that many books in said category - but nonetheless it's sad. At least the small bust of him is still there.

Yes, I'm obsessed with Alexander the Great.

I also have quite the fondness for the Armana period in Egypt.

So of course I had to watch the two part Tutankhamun special Discovery aired last week. Even though I don't particularly like him. Tut, that is. My conclusion? Zahi Hawass is a total Tutophile. He's obsessed. He's in love. Whatever you want to call it, it's true.

It was interesting to watch, and also annoying. I don't know if it was simply because of the cameras, or what, but those 'scientists' and 'archaeologists' made some crazy leaps of logic. The mold (ring mold?) found at Armana with Tut's throne name proves he ruled there for a number of years? I don't think so.

Still, with all of the crazy leaps and overthetopness, I learned some things. More importantly, I got to see (what is almost certainly?) Akhenaten's mummy/skeleton. I kept staring, wondering what was off about him. It wasn't until about the third time he was shown that I realized he was missing his ribcage... He's way more interesting that Tut. He ranks a little lower than Alexander for me. I wished they'd talked about him more in the second part. I would have liked to know if he had any fun genetic diseases. Maybe I'll get lucky and they'll give him his own new special. So long as he and Nefertiti are never again referred to as "the Posh and Becks of the ancient world". I still have no idea how that came about.

Ah... I also have to formally renounce my belief that Tut never did anything useful. Because of him staying buried (what I long held to be his biggest achievement) the crazy levels of obsession he inspired in Mr. Hawass resulted in me getting to see Akhenaten. So, thank you Tutankhamun.

I also got The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy with the assurance that Alexander would be in it, and a vague hope that Akhenaten would be as well. He wasn't, but the book is still awesome. It does have Hatchepsut, though, so it's still got 18th Dynasty cred. It's also got this line:

Alexander seldom killed his close friends unless it was drunk, and he always had a good cry afterwards.

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