City of the Dead
Series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
Season 6
Antagonist Ramses
Setting Year 4
Original Air-Date November 8, 1999
Written By Tom O'Neill
George Strayton
Directed By Chris Long
Episode Chronology
Order in Series 109
Order in Season 6
Previous Episode "Hercules, Tramps and Thieves"
Next Episode "A Wicked Good Time"
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Hercules and Iolaus travel to Egypt after Queen Nefertiti expresses interest in alliance with Greece. Her position isn't exactly popular though and she is nearly assassinated. Hercules and Iolaus help investigate the plot, which turns out to include one of Nefertiti's two children. Things only get worse when that culprit seeks an unholy book containing great power.



Hercules and Iolaus arrive in Egypt just in time to save Queen Nefertiti from assassins. Iolaus suspected Princess Amensu of perpetrating the crime, because Amensu wanted Egypt to attack Greece while her mother did not. But the real traitor turned out to be Prince Ramses, who had appeared to support the Queen. He found the Necronomicon the Book of the Dead and used his new powers to send stone statues after Hercules and Iolaus. But they evaded the statues and retrieved the book. Ramses was destroyed upon reciting the book's incantation, while Nefertiti and Amensu were reconciled.


No Pyramid Schemes were harmed during the production of this motion picture.

Background InformationEdit

  • As Ramses acquires the scroll noting the Necronomicon's location, music from Joseph LoDuca's score for Army of Darkness is played.
  • The healing spell from the Necronomicon that Ramses reads contains the phrase "Klaatu verada nikto." Those were the magic words Ash (Bruce Campbell) had to recite in Army of Darkness before claiming the Necronomicon from the cemetary. More of Joseph LoDuca's music from the movie is played during this scene.
    • The phrase, of course, is also a modification of the famed "Klaatu barada nikto" from The Day the Earth Stood Still.
  • While trying to rally the Egyptians into taking action against Greece, Amensu references the chaos Dahak had caused in "Let There Be Light" and "Redemption".
  • Yet again, there is a massive confusion as to who exactly is in charge of Egypt in the Xenaverse. Cleopatra will not be assassinated until the following year (in-universe), yet Egypt in this episode is ruled by Nefertiti, who was queen in the 1300s BCE (placing her before Heracles, even if he existed). Only a few seasons ago, Egypt was ruled by Anuket's father, Ramses III, who lived 200 years after Nefertiti and 1000 years before Cleopatra.
  • Nefertiti is portrayed as having a son and a daughter. In reality, she had six daughters and a stepson, the famous Tutankhamun.

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