The chatty Marilyn Harvey, who is Dr. Saperstein’s receptionist, happens to mention that the good doctor, “… has the same smell once in a while, whatever it is, and when he does, oh boy."
Jumping way ahead, in 1939 several intact royal tombs of the 21st and 22nd dynasties were excavated in the main temple enclosure in Tanis, but it wasn;t by Germans but by the French. No, not Dr. René Emile Belloq, but Prof. Pierre Montet. They found lots of wonderful artifacts, silver coffins, gold masks, and jewelry in gold, which recall the burial of Tutankhamen, though the Tanis finds are not quite as rich or as well known. Moreover, the Tanis tombs were secondhand and even the sarcophagi were reused material from earlier periods. In 2009 a sacred lake measuring 50 by 40 feet (15 by 12 meters) and dedicated to the goddess Mut was found at Tanis and work in the area continues.
I’m not a biblical scholar by any means and frankly a lot has been debated by theologians and scholars for centuries, so I expect that some of the dates and explanations here might fall short in somebody’s eyes (be it scholar, theologian, or just plain crank) at some time or another. I’m not really interested in stirring soul-searching debate, just making discussion about the use of the historical Tanis in fictional works. I also attempted to keep it under my 3,000 word cap by using lots of links. If you enjoyed this Egyptian article, you might also check out my other post about The First Female Pharaoh Nitocris and her association with the Weird Tales crowd. Again, I am no historian and not an author, so any errors I made, were made … uh, erroneously.
Fifty years later, the Crusaders came back (5th Crusade) and invaded Egypt again. While besieging the delta city of Diametta they decided to go over to Tanis for another swipe in November 1219. They found the town evacuated and the Crusaders looted to their heart's content. They eventually also took Diametta, but didn't hold it for long and the whole bunch got ejected. Source, P162, Vol III op. cit.
 Rosemary’s Baby was the best selling horror novel of the 1960s and is well worth a read as a highly influential suspense/horror work that taps into some of the most primal of fears: What if our baby is “not normal” and “what if my spouse is working against me.” These fears are right up there with fear of the dead/returning dead on the Fear Index. The film and book are underrated these days, but really needs to be included in any list of classic horror works.
 BTW, Lovecraft associations run deep in Levins’ Rosemary’s Baby: Hutch the landlord knows the apartment’s dark reputation. He tells them of terrible things that took place in the building around the turn of the century: about two sisters, who cooked and ate several children including a niece of theirs in the Victorian era. Adrian Marcato, lived there in the 1890s and practiced witchcraft, claiming to have conjured up the living devil. Some residents and neighbors must have believed him because he was attacked and nearly killed in the lobby.
According to the story line, after that, the building was known as The Black Bramford. But things didn’t end there, because in 1959, a dead infant was found in the basement wrapped in newspaper. Despite all that, our couple decides to live there anyway (classic). After they move in, their neighbor leaps to his death, wearing a Tannis Root talisman. But this doesn’t deter the couple and they conceive a child who looks like its daddy. Doesn’t this sound a bit like The Dunwich Horror, Pickman’s Model, or Dreams in the Witch House? See this synopsis of Rosemary’s Baby if you are interested: http://www.terrortrap.com/topten/rosemarysbaby/
The building exterior used in the film version was an actual NYC structure, the Dakota, (1 West 72nd Street) started in Oct 1880 and finished in Oct 1884 and is a historic building on Central Park West. Coincidently it was at the Dakota, that John Lennon lived and was killed outside the entrance 8 Dec 1980 by Mark Chapman, nearly 100 years after construction started on the Dakota. Note that the fictional Black Bramford of Rosemary’s Baby fame is located by Levin at 55th St and 7th Ave in the book. Since only the exterior was used, interiors were filmed on sets in Hollywood.
 Egypt was considered so contaminating by the Roman government, that travel to Egypt by Romans was highly restricted for many years after the conquest, especially for high-level functionaries of the Empire. http://history.stackexchange.com/questions/5884/could-senators-visit-roman-egypt
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You and I are very much alike. Archeology is our religion, yet we have both fallen from the pure faith. Our methods have not differed as much as you pretend. I am but a shadowy reflection of you. It would take only a nudge to make you like me. To push you out of the light.