Friday, 26 March 2010

Medinet Habu Part 1

Last year's holiday snaps? On FightingFantasist?

Yeah, but we aren't in "here's Muriel and I having a cream tea in a lovely tea-room near Abergavenny" territory here. This is the Theban Necropolis in Luxor, Egypt. Real-life dungeon bashing! Admittedly I kicked in no doors but did have to decide "Fight or Flee?" several times when confronted by random encounters of uncertain belligerence who were after all my gp.

Hopefully lots of stuff useful and inspiration for dungeon/mortuary temple design. And it has the word "Necropolis" in it's title. What could possibly go wrong?

This is Medinet Habu, the mortuary temple of Rameses III. The son of Rameses II, he basically copied his old man's mortuary temple and claimed much of his military successes as his own as well. He sort of got away as his old man's temple was built in poor ground and collapsed (which was the subject of Shelley's poem "Ozymandias" and will be subject of another FightingFantasist post later on).

All pics are clickable to the originals on Picasaweb which then allow for zooming and link embedding and all that Web2.0 crap.

From Medinet Habu, Egypt

The first pylon

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From Medinet Habu, Egypt


The Migdol, the fortified gatehouse. A copy of similar gatehouses found on contemporary Asiatic fortresses.


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From Medinet Habu, Egypt




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(Ceiling shot showing intact paint)


From Medinet Habu, Egypt



From Medinet Habu, Egypt


(While I was looking back at these last two shots I had a flash of inspiration as to why Ancient Egypt has always appealed to me - Star Wars. The colours of the stone, the brilliant blue sky and the strange alien-culture that the hieroglyphics and damaged statues suggest reminds me of the early Tatooine scenes and I suppose that for me Egypt appeals to the same escapist "space opera" streak within me as Star Wars did. North Africa is essentially a Star Wars planet dumped down on Earth just across the Med.

In a similar vein I blame a childhood viewing of Carry On Up The Khyber for causing my lifelong longing to go to India. Strangely enough it didn't fill me with a deep-seated need to go to Snowdonia where it was actually filmed.)

More later...

Other posts on FightingFantasist that might be of interest -
Giovanni Belzoni and real-life Egyptian Dungeon Bashing

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