The King, Tomb and Treasures
The ‘complete Tutankamum’ by Nicholas Reeves is a revolutionary anecdote giving a detailed description of the King of Tut’s tomb, which has been in existence since the medieval times of the infamous Egyptian traditional lifestyle (Reeves, 1990). Nicholas Reeves provides to the reader a lively description of the visual components of Tutankamun’s tomb. This description enlivens the entire tomb structure by stimulating the production of a mental image to the avid reader. He goes ahead to give a brief connotation of King of Tut’s life and times through emphasis of particular elements in his life albeit through formulation of certain theories of describing contextual elements of his life events when King tut was alive. These theories are aimed at giving the reader an experience of the early modern literary setting.The reader is therefore in a position to encounter some of the portrait images from the King of Tut’s tomb, descriptive elements contained therein, and unknown treasures brought out into the daylite. Progressively the content is enclosed in five distinct chapters each restricts its content to particular aspects of the developing thematic concerns, plot, characterisation, and style.
In writing the five chapters, Nicholas Reeves uses a careful selection of contextual language components, which due consideration of his audience and achieving his highest concerns in developing his plot.The author keenly provides a critical word analysis and description against a background of images from the tomb aimed at capturing and exploiting the reader’s curiosity, awe, and mood all with a timely component. The word analysis used pursues active and passive word forms, which are aimed at putting varying degrees of emphasis on either object or subject of the story. The subject in this case being the King of Tutankanmum while objects could include the tomb it itself, the tomb surrounding, and the hidden treasures found in the tomb. There is also a critical element of imaginative descriptions as Nicholas lets his imagination guide through the analysis steps.Chapter one of the text provides the reader with a historical background of the Egyptology setting and contextual description of the facts surround the King of Tutankhanmum’s tomb. In chapter 2, one finds a chronological description of facts relating to the infamous Carter’s journey aimed at unmasking some of the critical elements found in the Egyptian’s unique geographical surrounding. The Lord of Carnarvon of England was fundamentally funding Carter’s excavation activities, which were extremely expensive (Reeves, 1990).
His success was therefore of historical importance taking into account the manner in which the medieval pharaoh tombs targeted by thieves aiming at stealing the gold treasures. This factual description aims at uncovering to the reader some of the factors surrounding the medieval lifestyle of the Egyptian affluent society. During those times, kings had very significant treasures, which accompanied them all through the distinctive journey of their life (Reeves, 1990). The distinctive model of the human journey elementally consisted of the birth, living, and life after death. The factor of building tombs served to extend their supreme lifestyle by fundamentally protecting them from adversaries found in the typical world setting.The text also gives an account of the king of Tutankhanmun’s reign during this medieval times in the emancipation of the then existing Egyptian empire period. During his life and times, the King of Tut accomplished relatively less mileage in terms of the accomplishments like his counterparts who were know to clinch various war battle victories. His fame is can be traced to the discovery of his tomb by the legendary Howard Carter in 1922 among the Valley of the Kings.
King of Tutakhanmum’s reign was relatively short compared to other long serving pharaohs of his time (Reeves, 1990).The fact that he got onto the reign at relatively young age after enthronement by the Egyptian people during those times serves to show the manner in which progression was not expected accomplish much. His reign came during the 18th Dynasty and his life was terminated at a relatively early time since his rule lasted for a period of nine years. He came to get the throne after the unfortunate death of his father who allegedly changed his previous religious beliefs leading to a harsh public decision to remove him from the throne. Nicholas Reeves names King of Tut’s father as Akhenaten and further suggests the ‘Kiya’ name of the King of Tut’s mother (Reeves, 1990). There are however, other instances in which he gives conflicting arguments regarding King of Tut’s real parentage. These factors serve to cement the fact that there were no written records found in the tomb that could substantial provide a factual approval on his well laid claims concerning the King of Tut.Various aspects can as well be noted from the text going by Reeve’s translations of some of the Egyptian text representations found there in the tomb.
For instance, his postulation of the ‘Horus name’ as the ‘Golden Horus’, going by the earlier Egyptian translations. The inscriptions found on the walls of the tomb depict the progression of the King into the underworld as seen in the translations ‘Amduat’ for first hour, ‘Anubis’, and ‘Isis.’ The significance of Ay to Tutakhanmum’s life can well be seen in the depiction on the east wall of the mummy (Reeves, 1990). Remember that Ay was King of Tut’s advisor when he was enthroned as a ruler of Egypt at such a tender age where he could barely make significant decisions on his own (Reeves, 1990). This serves to signify that this advisory component somehow progresses onto the king’s life after death.Nicholas gives an anecdotal of the treasures found in the tomb of the king of Tut, which significantly portrays the manner in which these things were treasured in the afterlife of the slain king. The wrappings of the King’s mummy further show the manner in which these jewellery items were arranged systematically into the king’s body. Some of them include magnificent jewellery like amulets and phenomenal golden mask, which covered the king’s face.
Nicholas Reeves provides images of the same in a sequential manner with the aim of showing the exploits of this medieval world.The kings of this society were indeed treated to the real definition of opulence in its real sense. The entire collection of king of Tut’s treasures serves to support this fact. The pharaoh dynasty was indeed a sentimental affair that gave the Egyptian society a unique expression among other African countries due to their entrenchment to religion and culture. Nicholas Reeve’s text encloses all these aspects through the king of Tut’s tomb and treasure. The book is hence successful in capturing the Egyptian livelihood model as seen in the manner in which Pharaohs were regarded in this traditional society. The text can therefore be used to give description of the typical ruler’s lifestyle in those ages.
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