To be honest, I’ve never really thought about just how much fantastical media about ancient Egypt is out there for us to consume. It wasn’t until I read the intro chapter to our class’s book that I realized just how easy it is to take the concept of ancient Egypt and make it into a best seller or a horror movie. Take mummies, for example; they have been portrayed as the monster in many scary stories and movies, some of which don’t even take place anywhere near Egypt. They rise from their coffin, blindly chasing after the heroes with their arms out, sometimes even letting out a ghostly moan. Where does this image come from? From what I know, it is quite an exaggeration from what a real mummy actually is. Is it perhaps even disrespectful that the image of a mummy has been so blown out of proportion from its original fascinating beauty? In addition, as Bard states, “Ancient Egypt at the movies includes several films about Cleopatra VII, usually as an exotic seductress.” I’m no expert on Cleopatra, but I’m sure that those films magnify traits about her that the audience members would enjoy seeing, rather than portray the woman who actually was. I understand this is all for entertainment and for the enjoyment of the masses. I myself have read the first three books in the series Bard talks about; the series written by Elizabeth Peters about the fictional Egyptologist Amelia Peabody. Human beings like their entertainment, and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good book or movie. I just think that Ancient Egypt has so much beauty to it, so much to be learned from and to decipher and understand without having to exaggerate any of its existing features. I just hope that before people turn to media for an idea of how ancient Egypt lived, they would instead look at the real evidence that archaeologists have uncovered.