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City of the Dead is an Egyptian myth technology in Age of Mythology that is available to worshipers of Nephthys and can be researched at the Temple and Town Center. Once researched, it increases the hit points and attack of Pharaohs and also decreases the time it takes for them to resurrect at the Town Center by 50 seconds. City of the Dead also benefits the Son of Osiris.


Egyptians were buried in tombs. People of lesser importance might be buried together in large groups, while aristocrats, priests, and pharaohs had their own private tombs for their families. The most powerful pharaohs were enshrined in pyramids, or in massive caves like those at Karnak. Tombs of the wealthy were carefully hidden and fitted with false chambers and concealed doors to discourage thieves. While few important tombs escaped robbers, that of Tutankhamen was discovered in 1922 virtually intact and yielded a wealth of treasure, over 3500 items in all.

"The Osiris Ani, whose word is truth, saith: I am the serpent Sata whose years are infinite. I lie down dead. I am born daily. I am the serpent Sa-en-ta, the dweller in the uttermost parts of the earth. I lie down in death. I am born, I become new, I renew my youth every day."

-- The Papyrus of Ani'
—In-game help section


  • The technology Necropolis available through Anubis also means City of the Dead; interestingly enough it is an Ancient Greek word.
  • Once City of the Dead is researched, the text that announces the appearance of a Pharaoh at the Town Center changes to "A new Pharaoh has quickly arisen to lead your people!"
Egyptian myth technologies in Age of Mythology
ArchaicAge Archaic Age
RaPortrait RaSkinOfTheRhino Skin of the Rhino
IsisPortrait IsisFloodOfTheNile Flood of the Nile
SetPortrait SetFeral Feral
ClassicalAge Classical Age
BastIcon BastSacredCats Sacred Cats · AdzeOfWepwawet Adze of Wepwawet · Criosphinx Criosphinx · Hieracosphinx Hieracosphinx
AnubisIcon AnubisNecropolis Necropolis · SerpentSpear Serpent Spear · FeetOfTheJackal Feet of the Jackal
PtahIcon PtahScallopedAxe Scalloped Axe · LeatherFrameShield Leather Frame Shield · ElectrumBullets Electrum Bullets · Shaduf Shaduf
HeroicAge Heroic Age
HathorIcon HathorMedjay Medjay · Sun-dried Mud Brick Sundried Mudbrick · Crocodopolis Crocodopolis
SekhmetIcon SekhmetBoneBow Bone Bow · SlingsOfTheSun Slings of the Sun · Stones of Red Linen Stones of Red Linen · RamOfTheWestWind Ram of the West Wind
NephthysIcon NephthysSpiritOfMaat Spirit of Ma'at · FuneralRites Funeral Rites · City of the Dead City of the Dead
MythicAge Mythic Age
OsirisIcon OsirisDesertWind Desert Wind · NewKingdom New Kingdom · FuneralBarge Funeral Barge · AtefCrown Atef Crown
ThothIcon ThothValleyOfTheKings Valley of the Kings · Tusks of Apedemak Tusks of Apedemak · BookOfThoth Book of Thoth
HorusIcon HorusSpearOnTheHorizon Spears on the Horizon · AxeOfVengeance Axe of Vengeance · GreatestOfFifty Greatest of Fifty