ARTE FRANCE, ILIADE PRODUCTIONS
German, English, French
TV, DVD, NON-THEATRICAL, INTERNET, VOD
Saqqara, Egypt, 1850. Auguste Mariette discovered the Serapeum, the burial place of the Apis bull, one of the most sacred sites in ancient Egypt. Today, a mission mandated by the Louvre museum picks up the work where the french Egyptologist had left off.
This tale depicts the strange religious traditions practiced in ancient times under the reigns of the pharaohs: the incarnation of a preeminent divinity of the Egyptian pantheon into a sacred animal; the process required to select the young bull; the worshipping rites performed within the great temple of Ptah; the procession along the avenue bordered with sphinxes when taking the animal's mortal remains to their final resting place within the necropolis; as well as the throngs of pilgrims depositing offerings and inscribed tablets by the animal's sarcophagus.
Through their investigational field work, the scientists will bring life to a lost and unknown chapter of Ancient Egypt, and write the next one of the greatest adventures in the history of archeology.