Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Akhenaten and Nefertiti

(d. c. 1362 b. c. e. and fl. 14th century b. c. e.) 

City of Amarna
Royal Palace

Egyptian rulers Akhenaten, the pharaoh of the eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, was the second son of Amenhotep III (r. 1391–54 b. c. e.) and Tiy (fl. 1385 b. c. e.). His reign ushered a revolutionary period in ancient Egyptian history. Nefertiti was his beautiful and powerful queen. He was not the favored child of family and was excluded from public events at the time of his father Amenhotep III.

Akhenaten ruled with his father in coregency for a brief period. He was crowned at the temple of the god Amun, in Karnak, as Amenhotep IV. From his fifth regnal year, he changed his name to Akhenaten (Servant of the Aten). His queen was renamed as Nefer-Nefru-Aten (Beautiful Is the Beauty of Aten).

The pharaoh initiated far-reaching changes in the field of religion. He did away with 2,000 years of religious history of Egypt. In his monotheism, only Aten, the god of the solar disk, was to be worshipped. The meaning of the changed names for himself and his queen was in relation to Aten.

Even the new capital that he constructed was given the name Akhetaton (Horizon of Aten). Making Aten the “sole god” curbed the increasing power of the priesthood. Earlier Egyptians worshipped a number of gods represented in animal or human form. Particular towns had their own gods. The sun god received the new name Aten, the ancient name of the physical Sun.

The king was the link between god and the common people. Akhenaten was the leader taking his fol- lowers to a new place, where royal tombs, temples, palaces, statutes of the pharaoh, and buildings were built. In the center of the capital city, a sprawling road was built. Designed for chariot processions, it was one of the widest roads in ancient times. The capital city Akhetaton on the desert was surrounded by cliffs on three sides and to west by the river Nile. The tombs of the royal family were constructed on the valley leading toward the desert. Near the Nile, a gigantic temple for Aten was built. The wealthy lived in spacious houses enclosed by high walls. Others resided in houses built between the walled structures of the rich. About 10,000 people lived in the capital city of Akhetaton during Akhenaten’s reign.

Artwork created during the reign of Akhenaten was different from thousands of years of Egyptian artistic tradition by adopting realism. Akhenaten, possibly suffering from a genetic disorder known as Marfan’s syndrome, had a long head, a potbelly, a short torso, and prominent collarbones. Representations of the pharaoh did not follow the age-old tradition of a handsome man with a good physique. The sculptor portrayed what he saw in reality, presumably at the direction of Akhenaten.

The background of the exquisitely beautiful and powerful queen Nefertiti is unclear. Some believe that Queen Tiy was her mother. According to others, she was the daughter of the vizier Ay, who was a brother of Queen Tiy. Ay occasionally called himself “god’s father” suggesting that he was the father-in-law of Akhenaten. She carried much importance in her husband’s reign and pictures show her in the regalia of a king executing foreign prisoners by smiting them. According to some Egyptologists, she was a coregent with her husband from 1340 b. c. e. and instrumental in religious reforms.

Some Egyptian scholars believe that in the same year she fell from royal favor or might have died. Nefertiti was probably buried in the capital city, but her body has never been found. Some researchers think that she ruled for a brief period after the death of Akhenaten. She had no sons, but future king Tutankhamun was her son-in-law. Known as the “first individual in human history,” the reign of Akhenaten forms an important period in Egyptian history. Despite his revolutionary changes, Egypt reverted to earlier religious discourse after his death.

Further reading: Aldred, Cyril. Akhenaten, King of Egypt. London: Thames and Hudson, 1991; David, A. Rosalie. The Making of the Past: The Egyptian Kingdoms. New York:­ ­ E. P. Dutton, 1975; Freed, Rita, Yvonne Markowitz, and Sue D’Auria, eds. Pharaohs of the Sun: Akhenaten, Nefer- titi, Tutankhamun. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1999; Kemp, B. J. Ancient Egypt: Anatomy of a Civilization. New York: Routledge, 1989; Redford, Donald B. Akhenat- en: The Heretic King. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984; Reeves, Nicholas. Akhenaten: Egypt’s False Prophet. London: Thames and Hudson, 2001; Shaw, I. The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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1920s/30s pyramid exploring?

There's a LOT of Call Of Cthulhu scenarios based in Egypt:
- The Cairo Guidebook: The Lure of the Nile
- 'The Age of Cthulhu' - "Death in Luxor", can't vouch for it as a scenario as haven't played it.
- The Egypt sections of 'Masks of Nyarlathotep' & 'Curse of Cthulhu'
- 'The Day of the Beast' in another COC book I've forgotten.
- 'Five Go Mad in Egypt' PDF/monologue from Chaosium, can't vouch for it as a scenario as haven't played it.

Desert of Desolation AD&D


Empire of the Black Pharaoh Savage Worlds 2


Curse of the Chthonians 


Pulp Egypt: Adventures Along the Nile, 1933-1939

Egypt: land of mystery and adventure. Here diligent archaeologists struggle to unearth Egypt’s great secrets without accidentally unleashing some of its deadliest curses. Tomb robbers plunder ancient treasures for their own profit. Spies work covertly to thwart enemy operations as the world plunges steadily toward war. Secret cults pursue their own agendas to preserve their country’s past and resurrect its former glory. The land once ruled by powerful pharaohs now languishes under the rule of dominant British administrators, merciless crime syndicates, devious spies, and darker forces manipulating the course of history.
This is the time for gritty adventure in a land where ancient ruins overlook squalid cities, peasant farmers mingle with wealthy Westerners, and global politics brush against religious nationalism. Everyone has their own selfish agenda. Everyone has their price.
This 176-page sourcebook contains material gamemasters can use to create pulp adventures in Egypt: general travel information, campaign themes, locations, gamemaster characters, and scenario ideas. Inside you’ll find: 
  • A “Visitors Guide to Egypt” suitable for orienting gamemasters and familiarizing players with common knowledge of the setting.
  • A chapter filled with Egyptian exotica, all the mysterious places, supernatural occurrences, magical artifacts, and mythical beasts abounding with adventure ideas.
  • A chapter for running each of three kinds of themed campaigns in Egypt – archaeology, espionage, and criminal – including a full campaign outline for each.
  • Appendices detailing suitable character archetypes for pulp Egyptian campaigns, a random artifact generator system, and a list of book, film, and music resources to enhance your game.

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Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples in Nubia, southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser about 230 km southwest of Aswan and the Nubian Monuments which run from Abu Simbel down river to Philae (near Aswan). The temple was originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself , to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbors. The complex was relocated in its entirety in the 1960s, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

This model is a 3d representation for one of the twin temples of Abu Simbel, which is "The Big Temple". You will find nearly all the exteriors of big/small statues , some ruined rocks , and engraves/inscriptions on temple's outer walls. This item is full with atmosphere and ground terrain with the 3d models of the temple as shown in images. It was created nearly like the real place in current time even with its ruined statues and rocks.

Notes: This item works for Vue 8.1 and above. It contains more than 8 cameras to choose different views for the place. Just activate the camera for the view angle you want. This scene is in real size in meters. A hidden from render "Alpha plane" with tourist shape is available inside the scene to help you decide the real size of human figure related to the temple, if you want to add 3d characters or add persons billboards.

The developer owns the copyright and/or has the rights to distribute all of the content contained within this ZIP file.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Akhenaten: The Last Alien Pharaoh Of Ancient Egypt

Akhenaten: The Last Alien Pharaoh Of Ancient Egypt

Ancient texts describe a time in the history of ancient Egypt known as the Predynastic era, where 'Gods' ruled for hundreds of years over Ancient Egypt, Akhenaten could easily have been an ancient Egyptian Pharaoh that belonged to that period, only out of place and time.

Mysterious Alien being discovered in a Secret Chamber inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt

Mysterious Alien being discovered in a Secret Chamber inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt

We have heard dozens if not hundreds of theories about the Great Pyramid of Giza, its origin, its purpose and who it was built by. While some of the proposed theories are incredibly bizarre, they cannot be completely overruled since there is a lack of scientific evidence which can definitely put an end to all debate.

The Great Pyramid of Giza... A Tesla-like powerplant created thousands of years ago

The Great Pyramid of Giza... A Tesla-like powerplant created thousands of years ago

The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the best examples of ancient energy machines. It was a Tesla-like power plant created thousands of years ago. It was a huge ancient structure that was capable of using the Earth's natural properties in order to create or produce a great amount of energy.