How the Sphinx Lost Its Nose

How the Sphinx Lost Its Nose

Ever wondered how the Great Sphinx of Giza really lost its nose? If you ask the guys at the History Channel, they’ll probably propose a scenario like the one illustrated here.

In all seriousness, it seems likely that the actual culprit was a Sufi Muslim dude in the 14th century, who took off the Sphinx’s nose after seeing Egyptian peasants making offerings to it (since Islam forbids idolatry). Apparently, he got himself executed for vandalism by the local authorities for desecrating such an iconic national monument. It’d be like someone today launching rockets into our Mt. Rushmore.

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The Name is Mine

The Name is Mine

If the Egyptian Queens Nefertiti and Nefertari were ever to meet one another, they might have a little beef with one another over people getting their names confused. They lived at different times and were Great Wives to different Pharaohs (Nefertiti to Akhenaten and Nefertari to Ramses II), but both their names have the prefix nefer-, which means “beautiful” in the Egyptian language. If you need help telling them apart, Nefertiti is the one with the tall blue crown, whereas Nefertari is the one with the gold vulture headdress.

Credit goes to singers Brandy Norwood and Monica Brown for inspiring the dialogue here, of course.

Age of Empires: Conversion Competition

Conversion Competition

Two priests from conflicting cultures, one Greek and the other Egyptian, try to convert the other to their own civilization. Will one of them succeed, or will their efforts cancel each other out?

This is my little celebration of the upcoming remastered edition of the first Age of Empires game which will be coming out shortly. I am disappointed that they’re releasing it only on Windows Store rather than Steam (my preferred platform), but it probably won’t be that big a deal for me. I am still looking forward to playing it, especially since they seem to have updated the gameplay mechanics in addition to the graphics.

In the original Age of Empires (as well as its medieval sequel Age of Empires II: Age of Kings), although the different civilizations had distinctive building styles, their units nonetheless looked all the same regardless of culture (due to time or resource constraints, I presume). I don’t know if the remastered addition is going to inject any cultural or racial diversity into the unit graphics, but I would appreciate it if it does.

Y’all Got No Idea

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“So you tellin’ me I’m a timeless symbol of ancient beauty? Y’all got NO idea…”

I started out simply wanting to draw Nefertiti again, but then decided to throw in a comical caption as a way to take up composition space. Considering how Western audiences have tended to declare Nefertiti an icon of ancient and timeless beauty based on a weathered old bust of her which is missing the pupil of one eye, she might have been a bit amused.

Neighbors at the Museum

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Ever wondered why natural history museums often display ancient Egyptian material (and maybe stuff from other ancient civilizations)? I thought natural history was supposed to cover studies of the natural world (e.g. paleontology, zoology, geology, etc.), not man-made stuff like what the Egyptians produced. But then, I guess it’s more convenient for people like me who like both Egyptian and prehistoric stuff. You get to visit both worlds within a few hallways!