The Story of Tutankhamun with Garry Shaw

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Kelly Macquire
published on 20 November 2022

Join World History Encyclopedia as they sit down with author and Egyptologist Garry Shaw to hear all about his new book The Story of Tutankhamun: An Intimate Life of the Boy who Became King

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 sparked imaginations across the globe. While Howard Carter emptied its treasures, Tut-mania gripped the world—and in many ways, never left. But who was the “boy king,” and what was his life really like?

Garry J. Shaw tells the full story of Tutankhamun’s reign and his modern rediscovery. As pharaoh, Tutankhamun had to manage an empire, navigate influential courtiers, and suffer the pain of losing at least two children—all before his nineteenth birthday. Shaw explores the boy king’s treasures and possessions, from a lock of his grandmother’s hair to a reed cut with his own hands. He looks too at Ankhesenamun, Tutankhamun’s wife, and the power queens held. This is a compelling new biography that weaves together intriguing details about ancient Egyptian culture, its beliefs, and its place in the wider world.

Yale University Press



0:00​ Introduction
1:00 What is the book all about?
6:07 His childhood and life as king displayed in his tomb
10:22 Tutankhamun in the mdoern day
13:30 Working with artefacts to construct a whole picture of Tutankhamun
17:20 Do you have a favourite artefact?
19:34 What is one thing to know about the book?
20:49 outro

The Mummy's Curse: Tutankhamun's Tomb and the Modern Day Media–the-modern-day/
The Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb
Wonderful Things: Howard Carter's Discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb

Interview with Garry Shaw - Egyptian Mythology Travel Guide
Tutankhamun and the Tomb that Changed the World with Dr. Bob Brier
Bastet the Ancient Egyptian Goddess of Cats
Introduction to the Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh
An Introduction to the Faiyum Mummy Portraits

The music used in this recording is the intellectual copyright of Michael Levy, a prolific composer for the recreated lyres of antiquity, and used with the creator's permission. Michael Levy's music is available to stream at all the major digital music platforms. Find out more on:

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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