Saturday, March 31, 2007

Saturday Trivia

Hollywood perceptions of Ancient Egypt
Associate provost and director of core curriculum in the American University in Cairo (AUC) John Swanson, mocked the Hollywood portrayal of Ancient Egypt, during a talk he gave Wednesday night at AUC. . . . He explained that Hollywood movies during the 50s and 70s only showed interest in Ancient Egypt, or the Egypt of the Pharaohs. Directors became fixated with only one period of time that existed 2,000 years ago. The movies show that Egypt ceases to exist beyond that period, and also show stereotypical plots that are 'divorced of anything that has to do with Modern Egypt,' said Swanson."

Horrible Histories
Terry Deary, the world's best-selling non-fiction author for children, has delighted readers across the globe with his lively accounts of history.Now two of his books have been adapted for the stage by the Birmingham Stage Company and look set to be a huge success with youngsters and adults alike. . . . In Awful Egyptians, audiences will learn the truth of Tutankhamen and his creepy curse and find out the fearsome facts about 'phabulous' pharaohs, mean mummies and ghastly grave robbers. See how the Egyptians really lived 5000 years ago; how dead bodies were turned into mummies, how the huge pyramids were built and why some Egyptian kings had to wear false beards! Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? Beware the Evil Eye of Horus which has its eye on you."

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