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May 2018

A Romano-Egyptian Obelisk Beyond the Nile

May 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Using a Romano-Egyptian obelisk from the collection of the Museo del Sannio in Benevento, Italy as a case study, this talk will overview the major themes of the current Getty exhibition “Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World.” This exhibition explores cross-cultural interactions between Egypt, Greece, and Rome from about 2000 BC until about AD 300. Part of a new Getty initiative called The Classical World in Context, the exhibition kicks off a series that will highlight the Classical…

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April 2018

In the Workshop of an Ancient Egyptian Sculptor

April 23 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In 1912, the excavation team of the Deutsch Orient-Gesellschaft under the direction of Ludwig Borchardt revealed the exceptional remains of the estate and workshop of an ancient Egyptian sculptor of the middle of the 15th century BCE, who worked for Pharaoh Akhenaten in the latter’s new royal residence of Akhet-Aten (modern Amarna), in Middle Egypt. Next to the world-famous bust of Nefertiti, the German excavators unearthed a collection of plaster portrait studies that allow reconstructing the creation procedure of ancient…

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Royal Succession in Ancient Egypt and Early Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean

April 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Royal Succession in Ancient Egypt Nowhere are the legal terms of royal succession in ancient Egypt set out in explicit terms. The concept of hereditary monarchy manifests a wide range of modes of succession across time and place, and today we will review these, together with such evidence as survives from Egypt to discuss the way in which Egyptian pharaonic succession may have functioned, in both theory and practice. We also consider the evidence for and existence of, the institution…

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ARCE Practice Talks Round 2

April 11 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Compositional Design of Djedhor Cairo JE 46341 Michael Chen (Egyptology). This paper examines the layout of spells upon the statue surfaces of Djedhor to uncover the inherent planning behind the design of the statue. This strategic design reveals both a balanced spell arrangement and the inscribing order of the statue’s construction. The patterns observed in my analysis permit a greater intertextual study of magical healing spells and a better understanding of these spells’ relationships with materiality.   Temple Rank and…

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October 2017

Searching for Scribal Curriculum in Ancient Israel

October 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Professor William Schniedewind will present the outlines of his research in progress—a book on Scribal Education in Ancient Israel. The research proposes that outlines of scribal curriculum in early Israel can now be reconstructed based on his interpretation of the recently fully published inscriptions from Kuntillet Ajrud and using parallels with Mesopotamian scribal curriculum and its adaptations into other Levantine scribal settings.   Please RSVP for Event    

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February 2017

The Archaeological Adventure of Museo Egizio (1903-1920)

February 16, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Ernesto Schiaparelli, director of Museo Egizio between 1894 and 1928 responded to the need for an enlarged Egyptian collection at Turin. In 1903 the Missione Archeologica Italiana (M.A.I.) was founded, promoting 12 archaeological expeditions at 11 sites in Egypt. With the important assistance of collaborators, Schiaparelli undertook this fieldwork to better document the history of Ancient Egypt. Significantly, the anthropological interest in human remains of these expeditions was at that time innovative, and gave the Museo Egizio an original multidisciplinary…

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New Light on Qubbet el-Hawa

February 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dr. Bommas will be giving two lectures. First lecture will be from 11:00A-11:50A. Second lecture will be from 12:15P-1:00P.       Dr. Martin Bommas Reader in Egyptology Getty Scholar 2016-2017 Curator of the Eton Myers Collection of Egyptian Arts at the University of Birmingham Director of the Qubbet el-Hawa Research Project Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology  Event Flyer

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January 2017

To Refer or Not to Refer: Tracking Intertextuality in the Hebrew Bible

January 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Professor Machinist will develop aspects of intertextuality through several examples involving well-known biblical texts, including Psalm 29—a famous “Canaanite” hymn in the Psalter. This seminar will be held in conjunction with Professor Schniedewind’s Ugaritic seminar. Graduate students are encouraged to read Psalm 29 and Y. Avishur’s chapter on “Psalm 29” in Studies in Hebrew and Ugaritic Psalms.     Dr. Peter Machinist Harvard Divinity School Event Flyer

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Modelling Long-Distance Interaction in the Middle Bronze Age

January 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Old Assyrian trade network c. 1895-1865 BCE is by far the best documented example of how a long-distance commercial circuit was organized and run in the ancient world. But the Assyrian records show that the circuit to which they relate was not isolated. It formed part of a chain of comparable units and was kept intentionally separate from competing entities. This talk will explore some of those other linked and competing commercial networks of the Middle Bronze Age in…

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Divine Priestesses: The Ptolemaic Queens in the Egyptian and Hellenistic Cults

January 19, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Ptolemaic kings and queens were not only venerated as synnaoi theoi (‘temple-sharing gods’) in the Egyptian temples and received various cults of their own (including the Hellenistic and Egyptian ruler cults), but they also served as priests and priestesses themselves. In the ancient Egyptian understanding, the king was per definitionem the high priest. This lecture will focus on the queens serving as priestesses, both in the Hellenistic and the Egyptian contexts, and analyse how these two worlds were possibly…

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