Memory, Medieval Bestiaries, and the Gates

What follows is speculative, but if you’re up for a bit of a ramble, you might find this post quite fun. You will, of course, be familiar with the old trope that in Egyptian art, everyone looks like everybody else, and that the only way of telling one person apart from another is to look … Continue reading “Memory, Medieval Bestiaries, and the Gates”

The Book of Gates as it appears on the Sarcophagus of Seti I

The primary source for my translation of The Book of Gates was the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, which these days lives in Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.  Its carvings were published in full in Bonomi, Joseph and Samuel Sharpe. The Alabaster Sarcophagus of Oimenepthah I., King of Egypt. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1864.  Wonderfully, … Continue reading “The Book of Gates as it appears on the Sarcophagus of Seti I”

Introducing: The Book of Gates

About a month before we were due to finish the massive project that was the Quareia course, Josephine and I started chatting about what we might do after it was all done. She was just starting work on writing the final module, and I was about a module behind that in my copyediting. Now, a … Continue reading “Introducing: The Book of Gates”