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Why has ancient Egypt become the setting for a near-Nilotic inundation of fiction The peculiarities of the country have fascinated observers ever since Herodotus noted that its inhabitants worshiped cats and Egyptian women urinated standing up but our millennial age of psychobabble seems to have found a natural spiritual home in the Nile valley Perhaps its partly because much of what we know from ancient Egypt derives from tombs so it comes across as a society obsessed with the afterlife and the supernatural Mummification dovetails with cryogenics in a mad Californian optimism In any event the culture of the pharaohs perennially attractive for its brilliant and exotic artistic qualities yet alien and inexplicable in many ways has become the locus for one of Roland Barthes celebrated mythologies This is the belief that there is the key to some ancient secret wisdom which is yet to be discovered - the universe is a safe of which humanity seeks the combination as Barthes identified the concept in The Brain of Einstein The idea that this secret key lies somewhere in the mystic desert sands in squiggly scripts and funny geometry is one of the preoccupations of our insecure times For novelists the whole apparatus of ancient Egypt - mummies pyramids the monotheistic cult of the Aten - is irresistible culminating as it does in the most famous archeological discovery in the world Howard Carters glimpse of the wonderful through a crack in the long-sealed doorway of Tuts tomb The oldest of our versions of Egypt is that in which the Nile valley is seen primarily as an arena for Judaeo-Christian tradition The ExodusHollywood account establishes Moses as a leading character in Egyptian history and slavery as a dominant theme The Moses-Exodus story is known only from the Biblical record Moses is an Egyptian name Egyptologists are agreed that there is no evidence for the Exodus story in the Egyptian records and the identity of
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