Unusual Egyptian mummy named Hermione needs visits

Hermione is the mummy discovered in Egypt, who lived in the first century after Christ. In the United Kingdom, there is the University of Cambridge which has this historical treasure of more than 2000 years old. Exactly, it is the mummy named Hermione Grammatike, a teacher who lived in the first century after Christ.

This curious mummy is in the Lawrence room at Girton College and has more than a century on display, despite being more than 100 years exposed very few people visit the Egyptian teacher. Hermione was discovered in Egypt in 1911 by the Egyptologist William Matthew Flinders Petrie, who found it and extracted it in a well in Hawara, about 140 kilometers south of Cairo. Hermione’s remains are wrapped in linen and considered «a wonderful treasure» according to historian Dorothy Thompson. The unusual thing about this mummy is that her name and professions are painted next to her portrait.

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Hermione Grammatike, an ‘unusual’ mummy

Hermione Grammatike, is identified as a teacher according to the writings found in her grave, she is also considered the first known classics teacher. According to his remains, Hermione died between the ages of 18 and 22 and according to the remains found in his teeth he had a diet based on wheat flour bread. The fact that she has been mummified indicates that the professional belonged to a high economic class in order to become mummified.

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Her few visitors

In 1911 when Hermione was first exhibited, Gwendolen Crewdson suggested that it should be kept in a women’s school with which she worked. Crewdson acknowledged having said this without intending to be greedy but because of the fact that his alma mater regarded her as a superior place and this was considered a very important argument. This idea was taken as such, but at present, it is not easy for students to go to see the mummy that resides within the university.

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