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Saturday, November 12, 2022


Classroom L1

Saturday, November 12
Dr. Maggie Geoga
Mellon PostDoctoral Fellow,
 Wolf Humanities Cente
"The Afterlife of a Middle Egyptian Poem: Receptions of the 
Teaching of Amenemhat from Egypt to Nubia"



The "Teaching of Amenemhat” is the only work of ancient Egyptian literature to depict the murder of a king. Narrated by the assassinated pharaoh Amenemhat I, the poem is unique in both its dark subject matter and its great popularity among ancient readers in Egypt and Nubia. Much of the previous scholarship on “Amenemhat” has focused on the poem’s composition and relationship to the politics of the 12th Dynasty. This lecture, in contrast, shifts the focus from the birth of the poem to its afterlife, investigating who was reading “Amenemhat,” how they interpreted the poem, and how interpretations changed over the approximately 1000 years of the poem’s circulation. Combining textual criticism, reception theory, and material philology, I examine a selection of the poem’s surviving manuscripts, investigating the contexts in which they were copied and read, as well as their varying versions of the text. My analyses of these manuscripts reveal that this enigmatic poem had a diverse array of ancient readers, from a treasury scribe in the capital, to a student visiting the crumbling pyramid of the long-dead Amenemhat I, to a Kushite king hundreds of miles away in Nubia. I argue that these readers’ unique encounters with “The Teaching of Amenemhat” reveal important shifts in what readers valued about the poem and how they interpreted it over the course of its long afterlife.

Dr. Margaret Geoga is an Egyptologist specializing in the transmission and reception of ancient Egyptian literature. She is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Wolf Humanities Center of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her PhD in Egyptology in 2020 and a concurrent MA in Comparative Literature in 2018, both from Brown University. She is currently preparing a monograph on the transmission and reception history of “The Teaching of Amenemhat” from ca. 1550 to 500 BCE. Maggie’s interest in reception studies also extends beyond antiquity. An ongoing project centers on Jean Terrasson’s 1731 novel S├ęthos, whose depiction of Egypt strongly influenced numerous eighteenth-century authors, artists, and thinkers—from Warburton to Cagliostro to Mozart—and still underlies many contemporary beliefs about ancient Egypt.


ARCE-PA Members, please do not forget that our annual elections for ARCE-PA will be held during the Board Meeting on October 15, 2022 which is at 2pm.  We are looking for a new Board Member at Large. If anyone is interested, please reach out to

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*ARCE-PA does not hold lectures in January* 


Saturday December 17, 2022
Virtual Lecture
*Zoom registration required*

Dr. Caroline Arbuckle
St. Thomas Moore College, Univ. of Saskatchewan

A Tale of Four Coffins: Exploring Egypt's History through Wooden Coffin Analysis


Saturday February 18
Virtual Lecture
*Zoom registration required*

Dr. Sarah Schellinger
Ohio State University

"Nubia and its Neighbors: Non-Kushite Elements on Napatan and Meroitic Architecture"