The discovery of King Tut’s tomb on Nov. 26, 1922 made him far more popular over 3,000 years after he died than he ever was in life.
An undistinguished pharaoh, caught in the tail-end of a strange religious upheaval, erased from history by his successors, he achieved fame in modern times mostly because his tomb was found intact by legendary British archeologist Howard Carter where most pharaohs’ graves had been plundered long centuries earlier.
The contrast between his status in life and long after he died, the pristine condition of his tomb and the utter disappearance of his glory, like the contrast between the imposing monuments of ancient Egypt and its vanished religious ideals and power, reminds us poignantly of the transient nature of Earthly glory.
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