Ancient Rome Refocused

A podcast on Ancient Rome and its influence on modern culture.

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Episode 18 (Season 3) Ancient Rome Refocused

Updated 4 months ago.

In the future a launch to the Planet Mars takes place, where a robotic explorer finds a mysterious marking on the wall of a lava tube.

A vast underground city is found. The Earth is swept up in the excitement of Martian-mania.

From there we shift from the Planet Mars to the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamen in the 1920s. What does the popular TV show Downton Abbey have to do with King Tutankhamun? Howard Carter, Lord Carnarvon, and Highclere Castle are discussed. An actual recording of Howard Carter is included in the podcast. From there the podcast explores the strange phenomenon called Egyptomania.

Rob Cain reviews the book The Egyptologist and has on the show the 5-times published novelist Arthur Phillips. Phillips is a graduate of Harvard University and now lives in New York City. Phillips started out as a child actor, and held such jobs as a speech writer, jazz musician, and advertising copywriter. He is also a 5-time champion on the TV game show Jeopardy. Phillips is a TV and movie script writer working for FX, Netflix, HBO, and Sundance.

The Egyptologist is structured as journals, letters, telegrams, and drawings, from several different points of view. The main story is set in 1922 and follows a hopeful explorer who, working near Howard Carter (the man who discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun), risks more and more of his life and savings on an apparently Quixotic effort to find the tomb of an apocryphal Egyptian king.

If you like to go on a dig, the book is for you. If you're a part time detective, this book will fill that need as well. Phillips takes us on an adventure.

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