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March 9, 2019

2019 Annual Korsyn Lecture

Dr. Betsy Bryan
Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Johns Hopkins University 

"The Amarna Revolution From Above: Case Studies"

Nevil  3:30pm
Please note that due to gallery closures, there is no access to the front door of Nevil, which is located on the 2nd floor. Attendees will need to go through the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the 1st floor (Moundbuilders and Bearing Witness) at the end of which they will then need to take the former fire exit door (across from the blue CAAM door) up to the back door of Nevil Classroom.
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We don't often think about how similar or different ancient Egypt and its religion and politics may have been from our own world today. Yet frequently the strategies and tactics used by authoritarian rulers in ancient history are not greatly different from the modern era. One of the things that I have stressed in my 30-plus years of teaching at the university level is how much ancient Egyptians were like us -- not strange people who made mummies and worshipped animal-like deities, but humans with the exactly the same concerns, hopes, and egos that we have. It is what keeps us connected to them over long times and not just for the brief splashy discoveries.

Akhenaten achieved a brand new religion, nearly that of monotheism, instituted it, and built a new city to give it a home in a short 17-year reign. This talk examines that phenomenon by comparing it to similar types of religious revolutions in less distant historical eras: the Protestant revolution of the 16th century in England and the Bolshevik attempt to stamp out all religion except atheism in the early 20th century. It will then compare carefully with Akhenaten’s steps to see what characteristics their tactics shared and what was successful and what not.


Dr. Betsy M. Bryan is the Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and currently Vice Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, where she has taught since 1986. Dr. Bryan specializes in the history, art, and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, ca. 1600-1000 B.C., with a particular emphasis on the 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1300 B.C.

Dr. Bryan's research interests include the organization and techniques of art production as well as the religious and cultural significance of tomb and temple decoration. As part of this research she studies the social meaning of painting and sculpture in the 18th Dynasty as well as the interrelationships of cult and craft. Dr. Bryan has also been interested in the presentation of Egypt’s visual history to the public. In addition to work with a variety of traveling installations and exhibitions, since 2006 she has been Director of the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Museum. The new facility and installation opened in December 2010, and Dr. Bryan worked with Egyptologist and former Johns Hopkins University Trustee, Marjorie Fisher, to bring the world class Eton College Egyptian Myers Collection to Johns Hopkins for twenty years. It is being used as part of undergraduate and graduate curriculum, while students and faculty catalogue and photograph the nearly 3000 objects representing Egypt’s past between 4000 B. C. and 1000 A.D.

Since 2001 Dr. Bryan has led the Johns Hopkins fieldwork project in the temple complex of the goddess Mut at South Karnak. Her excavation and conservation work focuses on defining the earliest forms of the temple of Mut of Isheru and clarifying the ritual functions of that goddess between approximately 1700 and 1200 B.C.. Excavations within the temple uncovered the Porch of Drunkenness dating to Hatshepsut’s reign, as well as portions of that ruler’s original Mut Temple. Behind the Sacred Lake excavations have identified the support areas to the temple in that period, where granaries, bakeries, and ceramic kilns have been discovered. The nature of the goddess Mut’s cult before 1350 B.C. has been greatly changed by the results of the work, and currently Dr. Bryan is working with an interdisciplinary team of archaeologists, surveyors, geophysical experts, osteologists, and ceramicists to publish fifteen years of work at the site.   

SPING 2019 Scheduled Lectures


April 27, 2019
Mini-Symposium “Royal Tomb Decoration and the Afterlife “
Anthro 345
Time: 1pm to 6 pm

Special Mini-Symposium Pre-Registration Pricing: 
ARCE Members, All Students w/ ID, UPENN Faculty, Staff, & Museum Staff: $8
Museum Members: $13
General Admission: $18

Pre-registration prices will be available until April 24, 2019.  Please see below the speaker information for the Paypal button.

At-the-Door Prices the day of the Mini-Seminar will be:
ARCE Members, All Students w/ ID, UPENN Faculty, Staff, & Museum Staff: $10
Museum Members: $15
General Admission: $20

Dr. Aidan Dodson
Honorary Professor of Egyptology, Department of Anthropology & Archaeology, University of Bristol

“Evolving the Magical Machine: Three Millennia of Egyptian Royal Tombs and Their Decoration”

Dr. Kasia Szpakowska
Associate Professor of Egyptology, Swansea University; Director of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BCE (The Leverhulme Trust)

“A Magical Mystery Tour through the Ancient Egyptian Afterlife with Ra”

Dr. Suzanne Onstine
Associate Professor of History, University of Memphis

"The Magic of Ra and Osiris in Royal New Kingdom Tombs"

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Prices effective until 4/24


May 4, 2019
Prof. Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty
Professor of Egyptology, Ains Shams University, Cairo; former Minister of Antiquities, Egypt

"Recent Excavation at Arab Al-Hisn"
Anthro 345, 3:30pm

ARCE-PA Meet Up in DC! 
June 8, 2019
(Keep an eye on your email for more info as we get closer to June!)

NatGeo exhibition: QUEENS OF EGYPT

This multisensory exhibition will bring you back in time some 3,500 years, to the 18th and 19th dynasties of ancient Egypt. Get to know such legendary queens as Nefertari, Nefertiti, Hatshepsut, and Cleopatra VII; see more than 300 prestigious objects, including monumental statues, sparkling jewelry, and impressive sarcophagi; and take a 3-D tour of one of the most well-preserved tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

National Geographic Museum
1145 17th St NW
Washington DC

Special ARCE Member Pricing!
ARCE members are invited to purchase discounted tickets to the National Geographic Museum's new exhibition, Queens of Egypt. Purchase a $10 ticket. This special price is available during the 2019 ARCE Annual Meeting (April 12-14, 2019) or anytime before the exhibit closes on September 2, 2019! Click here to purchase your tickets, and use the code ARCEQUEENS.

Regular Prices:
Regular $15
Seniors/Students/Military $12
Children 5-12 (free under 5) $10

Directions and Ticket Information:

* Entrance fees for most lectures are $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12 (unless otherwise stated).

* Please note: ARCE-PA does not sell tickets for the monthly lectures. All entry fees will be taken at the door of the lecture venue at the ARCE-PA table (unless otherwise stated).