Thursday, October 04, 2007

This ain't no Discovery Channel
When he was 14, Miroslav Bárta received a punishment that was to change his life.
Bárta, now a 40-year-old Egyptologist, remembers he was an unruly pupil at school. He was punished frequently by his teachers, who often made him memorize paragraphs of information.
One day, a history teacher made Bárta commit to memory something about the “bloody pyramid of Khufu,” as he calls it now, one of the three pyramids of Giza outside of Cairo, the last standing monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
He hasn’t looked back.