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Seshat

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Shhh! Seshat is the world's oldest librarian, and you know she can hear you chewing that gum while you do your homework. She's also the world's oldest accountant and the world's oldest architect. If Thoth can teach it, Seshat, the ancient Egyptian goddess of knowledge, can do it. She's a builder and a thinker, and her specialties are math and science. In her second job as divine reporter and historian, Seshat writes down everything that happens on the leaves of a tree in Ra's courtyard, so he can catch up with the news during his morning walks. Sounds like a pretty important gig.

Basic Information

Name

Seshat ("female scribe") or Sesheta ("secrets")

Nickname

Lady of Builders, Mistress of Libraries, Ms. Know It All, Babe the Builder, The Seven-Horned

Sex

Female

Current city

Khmun (Hermopolis Magna)

Work & Education

Occupation

Chief Knowledge Officer

Education

Personally tutored by Thoth, the god of wisdom. He also happens to be my boyfriend.

Beliefs

Political views

Monarchist

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

One of the only questions I cannot answer. Some say Ra is my father. I'm not so sure. Others say it's Thoth. Ew?

Siblings

None

Children

None

Friends

Nephthys, Neith, Isis, Anubis, Sekhmet, Ptah, Ra, the pharaoh

Enemies

People who write in books

Relationships

Relationship status

In a relationship with Thoth

Interested in

Smart men

Favorites

TV Shows

NOVA scienceNOW 
Neil deGrasse Tyson makes me swoon. (Don't tell Thoth.)
Mythbusters
Science and explosions don't have to be mutually exclusive. Do they?
Good Eats
Science and tasty food? Yes, please!
Anything on the DIY or home improvement networks. I could watch people build all day. Some days, I do!

Quotations

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
– Carl Sagan

"Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future."
– John Ruskin

"Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life."
– Immanuel Kant

"To acquire knowledge, one must study; but to acquire wisdom, one must observe."
– Marilyn vos Savant

"This only is denied to God: the power to undo the past."
– Agathon, from Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics

Books

Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand 
I love guys with big noses!
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 
A book that shows why it's important to remember our history.
A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift 
Swift's writing always makes me chuckle. What a smart aleck!
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 
Some secrets are very painful to keep. Speaking about them helps them heal.
The Aeneid by Virgil 
Epic history at its finest. I'm so glad it didn't get lost!
The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne 
Because nothing is perfect, including me. Wish I was, though.
Astronomy for Amateurs by Camille Flammarion 
I'm not an amateur by any means, but maybe this book will help you catch up?
The History and Power of Writing by Henri-Jean Martin 
Words and letters have all kinds of power. I've been using them since I helped invent them.
The Science Book: Everything You Need to Know About the World and How It Works by National Geographic 
Ha! Do you really think you can get it all into one book? I can't even do that.
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order by Francis D. K. Ching 
Mmm, buildings.

Music

We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel 
Making history catchy, one line at a time.
She Blinded Me With Science by Thomas Dolby 
I've been blinding people with science since I invented it.
Four Women by Nina Simone 
I approve of using music to change history.
We Used to Wait by The Arcade Fire
Why does everybody always sing the blues about the past? Is the present that bad? Silly humans.
It's Time by Imagine Dragons
Never change who you are.
I like early digital music, from bands like Kraftwerk. They were using computers before computers were cool (or small enough to put in your pocket)!
Power metal might be the best thing you mortals ever invented. Blind Guardian is awesome!
Work of Art by Demi Lovato 
Your life and your work of art are always yours. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

Movies

Back to the Future 
Let's face it. The car's still cool.
I like Star Wars AND Star Trek movies and shows. Please don't make me choose between them.
The Princess Bride 
Good stories are worth remembering, even if they have kissing in them.
Hugo 
Secrets and robots. Two of my favorite things at once.
Pi 
Math: a source of inspiration or terror? You decide.
The Da Vinci Code 
Symbols, mysteries, and a good adventure. Fun to watch.
Time Bandits 
A film about all the trouble you'll get into when you steal a map.
The Minute Physics series on YouTube 
They're short but great fun! Science AND writing at the same time. I love this.

Activities & Interests

Likes

Books, books, and… did I say books?
Shiny new buildings and their blueprints
Libraries (that book smell is divine)
Jeopardy!

Interests

Genealogy
History
Physics
Energy drinks
Astronomy
Architecture
Philology

Groups

Ancient Egyptian Gods 
Egyptian Mythology 
Library of Congress 
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