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Egypt
Aliases: Arab Republic of Egypt
Ancient Egypt
Continent: Africa
Points of interest: Cairo; Mezzara
Residents: Egyptians
Mummies
1st appearance: Cleopatra's Tomb (1899)

Egypt, officially known as the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a country in Northern Africa. It is a largely Arabic nation with a provisional government. It's capital city is Cairo. A large majority of films dealing with the country focus on Ancient Egypt, which is known for its power-hungry Pharaohs, its wily Queens, it big-ass pyramids, and of course... its mummies. You can't swing a worshiper of Bastet in Ancient Egypt without hitting a friggin' mummy at some point. Then of course there's all those crazy Egyptian Gods, like Ra, Horus, Osiris, Isis, Hathor, Set and many more.

Points of Interest

Cairo
Cairo is the capital of Egypt, the largest city in Africa and the 16th most populated metropolitan area in the world. Cairo is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in its geographical area. Located near the Nile Delta, Cairo was founded in 969 AD by the Fatimid dynasty, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo.
Mezzara
Mezzara is a major city located in the country of Egypt. Its exact location is unknown, but it is some distance away from the Rock of Death mountain region. In 1920, a British industrialist named Stanley Preston hired archaeologist Sir Basil Walden and his team to excavate the Rock of Death area in search of the Tomb of Kah-to-Bey. Preston used Mezzara as the expedition's home base, and hired a personal assistant named Longbarrow to secure lodging at the Mezzara Hotel. Sir Basil maintained a Restoration House in Mezzara, which is where he kept the curios and findings from his various digs, before shipping them off to England. One of these artifacts included the mummy of Prem - a slave who had been discovered bearing the seal of the Pharaoh. [1]
Rock of Death
The Rock of Death was a mountainous region in the country of Egypt, some distance away from the city of Mezzara. Some two-thousand years ago, the Pharaoh Men-Ta entrusted his loyal slave Prem with the safe-keeping of his son and heir, Kah-to-Bey. Prem, and other slave followers took Kah-to-Bey out deep into the desert to keep him safe from Men-Ta's traitorous brother, Almen-Ta. Kah-to-Bey eventually succumbed to starvation and exposure, but before dying, he gave Prem the royal seal of the Pharaoh. Kah-to-Bey was buried somewhere in this region, as was Prem, some time later. The mummy of Prem was disovered around the turn of the century. The mummy of Kah-to-Bey was discovered in 1920 by archeologist Sir Basil Walden. [2]

Characters from Egypt

People who were born in Egypt

People who died in Egypt

Notes & Trivia

  • Before becoming a screenwriter, John L. Balderston was a correspondent for the New York World and covered the opening of the tomb of King Tutankhamen in 1922. Balderston went on to writer the screenplay for the 1932 film The Mummy.
  • In 1999, Egypt was undergoing sociopolitical strife and was therefore unavailable to be used for the filming of Stephen Sommers, The Mummy. Faced with this, the directors shot the scenes of Cairo in Marrakesh, the scenes of Giza in England and the deserts in Erfoud.

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