, is a shōjo manga
by Hosokawa Chieko
. It has run in the monthly magazine Princess
since 1976. In 1991, it received the 36th Shogakukan Manga Award
. As of 2006, the collected volumes had sold 36 million copies in Japan
, making it the third best-selling shōjo manga ever.
The main character is Carol, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed American teenager from a wealthy family with an interest in Egyptology
studying in Cairo
. When her mentor discovers the tomb of a young pharaoh, a curse
is put on the excavation team and Carol. The curse sends her back in time to ancient Egypt
, where she becomes embroiled in the affairs of Egypt and other ancient countries such as Assyria
. Carol meets Memphis, a handsome young pharaoh
whose tomb she excavated in modern times. Despite his headstrong, at first violent nature, they fall deeply in love. This angers Memphis's half-sister, the Priestess Isis, who has longed to marry him. Carol, due to her exotic looks and curious ability to tell the future, becomes a major player in ancient history
- : the sixteen-year-old (but later turns seventeen in the manga) heroine of the story, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed American teenager who studies archaeology in Cairo. When she got cursed, she was sent back 3000 years ago and meets the cruel but handsome Pharaoh, Memphis. Due of her vast knowledge of ancient Egyptian history,......