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05/12/2016 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

ARCE Lecture: Horus, Set and Israel

Egyptian Literary Reflections in a Biblical Mirror

Gary Greenberg

While differences of opinion exist on the historicity of the biblical stories about Israel in Egypt, in this lecture Greenberg will look at various Egyptian stories, including the New Kingdom tale known as “The Contendings of Horus and Set,” Manetho’s third century BCE Egyptian story connecting the Exodus to Pharoah Akhenaten, and Plutarch’s summary of the story of Osiris and Isis and the activities of their children Horus and Set. We will then compare portions of these stories with elements from the biblical accounts of Jacob and Esau, and Moses and the Exodus, showing how the Egyptian imagery of Horus and Set appears to inform both biblical narratives.
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05/16/2016 10:00 AM ISAW Lecture Hall

DAY ONE: Cult Practices in Ancient Literatures: Egyptian, Near Eastern and Graeco-Roman Narratives in a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Workshop organized by Franziska Naether (ISAW Visiting Research Scholar)

Heroic stories and novels, tales, travel fictions and wisdom texts in the ancient world, from Egypt to Greece, from Anatolia to Rome, they contained rituals, magic and divination. In this two-day workshop on May 16-17, 2016, we will discuss phenomena of such cult practices and their functions in regard to ritual and literary studies. Topics include secret knowledge, presentations of the divine and of fate, sacred justice and practitioners of cult practices as protagonists in the narratives.
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05/17/2016 09:30 AM ISAW Lecture Hall

DAY TWO: Cult Practices in Ancient Literatures: Egyptian, Near Eastern and Graeco-Roman Narratives in a Cross-Cultural Perspective

Workshop organized by Franziska Naether (ISAW Visiting Research Scholar)

Heroic stories and novels, tales, travel fictions and wisdom texts in the ancient world, from Egypt to Greece, from Anatolia to Rome, they contained rituals, magic and divination. In this two-day workshop on May 16-17, 2016, we will discuss phenomena of such cult practices and their functions in regard to ritual and literary studies. Topics include secret knowledge, presentations of the divine and of fate, sacred justice and practitioners of cult practices as protagonists in the narratives.
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06/09/2016 06:00 PM ISAW Lecture Hall

ARCE Lecture: The Other Woman

Encoded Messages in Egyptian Art

Phyllis Saretta

Middle Kingdom stelae play an important role in the study of ancient Egyptian society. Subtleties expressed in the pictorial evidence of these monuments offer information not given elsewhere. Though most of the stelae are inscribed, the inscriptions are often brief and limited in content. Meant as memorials or historical monuments, they consciously include information which the owner wished to convey, though unconsciously, may include symbolic visual nuances -- i.e., identifying markers, understood in their time and place, but lost to the modern viewer. This presentation will take a closer look at the representation of the female Asiatic servant, Seneb-reniseneb, whose image appears on the Thirteenth Dynasty Stela of Reniseneb from Abydos, and determine what other roles she may have played in his household.
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