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Newsletter 57 Ancient Lives by John Romer

Newsletter 57 Ancient Lives by John Romer

Part two of my tribute to John Romer – Ancient Lives

Newsletter 57 Ancient Lives by John Romer – In these videos, made in 1984, John Romer explores the ruins of an ancient village near Thebes, where generations of artists and craftsmen built the royal tombs. We see details of how ordinary Egyptians lived in ancient Egypt; their loves, their quarrels and even their dreams.

We go inside the pharaohs’ tombs, meet the scribes, stonemasons, and high priests who presided over this city of the dead. We also find out about the secrets of the tomb raiders and the tricks used to frustrate them.

This four-part documentary series provides fascinating insights into the ancient Egyptian people.

Ancient Lives 1 of 4

Ancient Lives 2 of 4

Ancient Lives 3 of 4

Ancient Lives 4 of 4

John Romer Egyptologist – Wikipedia

John Romer resource page

Newsletter 57 Ancient Lives by John Romer

“John Romer is an archeologist with a genius for raising the busy ghosts of ancient Egypt.”–Sunday Times

Newsletter 56 Romer’s Egypt all three Episodes

Newsletter 56 Romer's Egypt All three EpisodesNewsletter 56 Romer’s Egypt all three Episodes

I’m making the next few newsletters a tribute to John Romer He is one of the best known television presenters of ancient history and, like me, began as an artist then discovered archaeology through his art. His knowledge is expressed with humour, without being overly academic and a poignant respect for ancient peoples.

I first came across his work after my first expedition to Egypt in 1982. After my second day back in the UK I switched on the telly and was mesmerised by the initial episode of Romer’s Egypt. This was his first television series broadcast on BBC2 and spans Egyptian history from 5000BC to 30BC. The series has never been made available for sale on DVD and this You Tube reproduction of the three episodes was salvaged from a VHS recording. So it’s a bit rough in quality but  well worth watching for its rarity and the unique character of John Romer.

Romer’s Egypt Episode One 5000BC – 2215BC

Romer’s Egypt Episode Two 2700BC – 1070BC

Romer’s Egypt Episode Three 1570BC – 30BC

John Romer Egyptologist – Wikipedia

John Romer resource page

Newsletter 56 Romer’s Egypt all three Episodes

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Ancient Letters

The Tebtunis Papyri

Aurelia Tisais, informs the centurion of the disappearance of her father and brother on a hunting expedition. The text is dated to 22 December 216 AD.

To Aurelius Julius Marcellinus, centurion, from Aurelia Tisais, whose mother is Tais, formerly an inhabitant of the village of Tebtunis in the division of Polemon.

My father Kalabalis, who is a hunter, set off with my brother Neilos as long ago as the 3rd of the present month to hunt hares, and up to this time they have not returned.

I therefore suspect that they have met with some accident, and I present this statement, making this matter known to you, in order that if they have met with any accident the persons found guilty may be held accountable to me.

I happen to have also presented a copy of this notice to the strategos Aurelius Idiomachos to be placed on the register.

The 25th year of Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Caesar the lord.

Tebtunis Papyri

‘Egyptworld’, the book I was illustrating last year, has now been published – but most of my professional work this year has been of the none Egyptian type – I’ve just finished illustrating a book on the Vikings and have since made two extra Viking limited edition prints based on the images from this book. I’ve also made two science fiction themed prints.
Viking Long Ship>>
Viking Shield Wall>>
The Old Starship>>
Alien Cemetary>>
I’ve also started my battle of Kadesh picture.

Egypt holds artefacts and monuments that represent 3000 years of our human story. Therefore, the recent news of corruption, destruction and theft coming out of the country only strengthens the arguments against repatriating ancient artefacts from western museums to their country of origin. I once thought the Elgin Marbles should return to Athens but I’m now inclined to the notion that all the world’s historical artefacts should be spread around the glob and or be safely buried back in the ground until, in the future, today’s political fools and religious nutters are only an unfortunate footnote of human history.

Hand-Tinted Photos from the 19th century

In the late nineteenth century, Western archaeologists and tourists were fascinated by the ruins of ancient Egypt. Here are some of the incredible photos they took, which were hand-tinted in the fashion of the day. *Click Here*

Egyptworld  “This lavishly illustrated volume brings you the incredible temples and monuments of ancient Egyptian all their glory. Magnificent colour artworks faithfully recreate them as they were in the time of the Pharaohs. Revel in the details of the Sphinx or experience the awesome scale of the Pyramids of Giza.” *Click Here*


New timeline for origin of ancient Egypt

Archaeological digs in Egypt reveal where the First Dynasty kings of Egypt are buried – but until now a timeline has been difficult to establish. *Click Here*

Egyptian Years and Days
Many Egyptians continue to use several yearly calendars, the heritage of the country’s different religious traditions. *Click Here* 

Is This How Our Ancestors Sounded?
Linguist Recreates Proto-Indo-European Language (AUDIO) *Click Here*

Eat Like an Egyptian

From grains like emmer and kamut to cloudy beer and honey-basted gazelle, Hungry History focuses on the meals of ancient Egypt.*Click Here*

Hieroglyph – New Fox TV Drama

Hieroglyph will focus on “a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharaoh, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and divine sorcerers.” Production will begin in early 2014. *Click Here*


A History of Ancient Egypt,’ by John Romer

As most of you know I’m a fan of John Romer – He’s been a great inspiration to me.

You can get his new book – A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid from:-

Amazon and Waterstones

Hieroglyphic Print Machine write secret ancient Egyptian messages to your friends and have fun creating all sorts Egyptian themed stuff with your printer.
Find out more >>


Egypt revolution brings golden age for tomb raiders

Brooch of Tutankhamun Holds Evidence of Ancient Comet

Egyptian dog mummy infested with bloodsucking parasites

Triad statue of Ramses II might indicate a second temple

Life-size statue of King Ramses II found in Sharqiya

Water war: Ethiopia’s new dam could mean a crisis for Egypt

The Mummies of Barnsley: England’s ancient Egyptians and the mummies buried in Yorkshire

Egyptian Police Stop Modern Burials Near Pyramid

Opet Festival at Karnak limited Edition Fine Art print. The Opet, was one of the most important annual festivals. the people received free bread and beer and the celebrations lasted for 27 days. *Click Here*

Exhibitions and Lectures

Secret Egypt – Unravelling truth from myth
Portsmouth City Museum

5th October 2013 – 23rd February 2014

Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum
Sunday, October 06, 2013–Sunday, January 05, 2014

Egypt exhibits artefacts that survived uprising

The Mystery of the Albany Mummies
SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 – JUNE 8, 2014

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt
Brooklyn Museum

SYMPOSIUM: How the Ancient Middle East Shaped Our World
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Oriental Institute Museum 
1155 East 58th Street,
Chicago, IL

The Seated Scribe
The Louvre Department of Egyptian Antiquities

Hieroglyphic Typewriter – now available free for the iPhone

Free from the Google Chrome Web Store 
Install it on your computer (11,677 users)

Web version

My Other Stuff

Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Writing

The Pyramids & Temples of Egypt

Discovering Ancient Egypt on Facebook

Discovering Ancient Egypt by Mark Millmore

My You Tube *Click Here*

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