Osiris II wrote:
Maatkara, I think that Hawass is certainly exhiibiting an inflated ego. He has been made chief of the SCA, and it seems that his primary objective is to get back all Egyptian artifacts from the various museums--a goal that is unrealitic at best. He has been said that he is one of the out-standing authorities on Egypt, and I'm afraid that the praise has had a very poor effect on him. He seems to think that now his every word is the absolute, ultimate truth and that any further discussion is un-necessary, he has made his "pronouncment".
That said it must be stated that he IS a very dedicted man. His enthusiam for hia country and his work is quite obvious when you see him speak. I know him personally, and I can honestly saw that he is a very honest, extremely funny and personally charming man. His manner at times seems unnecessarily brisk, but that is just the way he is--he means no disrespect of others with his briskness, but hasn't the time or the patience for things that he considers to be obvious.
All in all, the world of Egyptology is fortunate to have him.
I dito this statement!