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Ancient Egypt in the Popular Imagination: Building a Fantasy by David Huckvale

By David Huckvale

old Egypt has lengthy been a resource of fascination in Western pop culture. videos resembling The Mummy (1932, 1959), Biblical epics like The Ten Commandments (1923, 1956), and pharaonic movies like Cleopatra (1934, 1963) and The Egyptian (1954) have all recreated the glamour and attract of Egyptian paintings and civilization for Western audiences. This paintings lines how those and different motion pictures have been encouraged via writers like Bram Stoker and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and by way of the paintings of Victorian painters. equally, it exhibits how the soundtracks to such movies belong to a Romantic musical culture stretching again past Verdi and Mozart. Exploring those artworks addresses the query of even if the myth of historic Egypt represents racist misunderstandings of a much more major fact, or a fashion for Western tradition to appreciate itself.

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