If you could witness one moment in history what would it be? There are many things I’d like to see but if I had to choose just oneit would be something to do with Ancient Egypt. I think.
As a young girl I was fascinated by Tutankhamen, or King Tut as he’s fondly known. I spent many an hour wondering what it would have been like to have lived in the time of the Pharaohs.
I was first drawn to it through the accounts of Howard Carter, the famous archaeologist and Egyptologist, whose interest began very early on, as a teenager. He supervised the excavations of tombs in the Valley of the Kings (doesn’t that conjour up all sorts of stories?) and namely the tomb of King Tut. His work was not without troubles, not least the talk of a curse that allegedly caused the deaths of many involved in the excavation.
Carter himself died of Hodgkin’s disease and his epitapreflects his passion about Egypt and is taken from the Wishing Cup of Tutankhamun:
“May your spirit live, may you spend millions of years, you who love Thebes, sitting with your face to the north wind, your eyes beholding happiness”
So, if it had to be one day, it would be perhaps on the day that King Tut was sealed in his death chamber, as one of the priestesses who helped him pass from one world to the next. I just know that one day I’m going to write something about this time, it just paints such a time of magic and power and a life that was dictated by other beings. One day I may go and see the Pyramids, but as I’m not so keen on flying, perhaps a little unlikely.
So watch this space 😉