Wednesday, July 18, 2007

King Tut and His Home

If you're in the Philadelphia area, there are two exhibits of interest now going on related to Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Treasures from the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun are currently holding court at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute Science Museum.

That blockbuster exhibition brings to life an intriguing story from the golden age of ancient Egypt.Tutankhamen's mask, 110-16tb

Meanwhile, another part of the story — equally compelling — unfolds at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, also in Philadelphia. "Amarna: Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun," a low-key companion exhibit, illuminates the story of Tut's boyhood home and ancestors.

Amarna is the modern name for a lost city originally known as Akhetaten. It's where Tut was born and grew up some 3,300 years ago during the New Kingdom.

The city rose and fell like a meteor in the desert in little more than a generation, circa 1353 to 1336 B.C. This was near the end of the 18th  dynasty of the pharaohs, a pinnacle of power and culture in Egypt.

You can read the full story at APP.com.

4 Comments:

  • Todd, sorry this is off topic, but I wanted to pick your brain on something which I haven't been able to answer via the Internet. I was wondering about the route that Elimelech, Naomi and the boys would have taken when traveling from Bethlehem to Moab. After studying a lot of old maps and judging by the attitude of Edom towards Israel, I would guess that they traveled around the north end of the Dead Sea, down through the territory belonging to Gad and Reuben, and finally across the Arnon into Moab. My question is this, Did the original road go from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, then up to the area of Bethel and Ai before heading east to Jericho? Or was there a road that existed at that time that went from Jerusalem to Jericho? Thanks for your time, and once again, sorry for the off-topic post.

    Derek

    By Blogger Derek Linder, at Thu Jul 19, 10:53:00 AM  

  • Derek - there is a natural and popular route that goes from Jerusalem to Jericho, known as the Ascent of Adumim. It is likely that Naomi's family would have traveled on this one. There would be no reason for them to go as far north as Bethel.

    By Blogger Todd Bolen, at Thu Jul 19, 10:57:00 AM  

  • Our school (Institute of Jewish Studies) went in May - a wonderful collection and display. But they don't have the famous mask!

    There is also a helpful IMAX presentation on Egypt and Tut.

    By Anonymous Bill Krewson, at Thu Jul 19, 01:06:00 PM  

  • if king tuts stuff is in phili' then were is king tut

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Oct 22, 08:29:00 PM  

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