The Mummy [2017] (feat Dominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast) : Episode 111

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The Mummy [2017]

What: Tom Cruise and an unusually-attractive dead lady run around the desert. Curses!
Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russel Crowe, Jake Johnson

Featuring guest co-host
Dominic Perry headshotDominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast

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The story we talked about with the self-mummification. SELF-MUMMIFICATION.
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Show Notes

Geographical Context

Traveling from ancient Egypt to Mespopotamia. Hiding evil things as far away as possible.

Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia c 1450BC

Deciphering the Mummy’s historical period

Context clues pointing to Egypt’s “New Kingdom,” circa 1500BC-1200BC. Some touches that hinted: Ahmanet’s Nefertiti-inspired crown, her blue finger-paint as direct reference to King Tutankhamun‘s golden finger- and toe-jewelry.

Nefertiti bust

Speaking of King Tut…

His (lack of) actual historical importance. Public knowledge due to the simple coincidence of which things are best preserved and then discovered.

Tutankhamun's golden fingertips

Egyptomania

From ancient Rome to Victorian England to King Tut in the mid-20th. It keeps coming back! The combination of modernity and exoticism of Ancient Egypt.

The Rosetta Stone

Napoleon’s groundbreaking work in enabling the study of science and history while conquering things. The birth of Egyptology.

Egyptian book of the dead

Hollywood’s chronic misunderstanding of the nature of The Book of the Dead. It’s not evil! Egyptian beliefs re death and the afterlife.

Beetlejuice book of the dead

Misunderstanding the ancient Egyptian gods

Chaotic neutral Seth and how he is totally not the god of death. Preservation of order against chaos in Egyptian mythology. Enumerating the actual gods of death and how they’re not necessarily bad guys. The problem with mummies.

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