Welcome to the American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter website. Here you can find information about the organization, learn about our membership options, find out about upcoming Egypt-themed events and more! To visit the American Research Center in Egypt National website please click here.
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January 14, 2017

ARCE-PA Members Only Meet Up:
Brooklyn Museum


Join us for a tour of the newly reinstalled Egyptian Galleries with curator, Dr. Edward Bleiberg




Cartonnage of Nespanetjerenpere, XXII Dynasty (Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund 35.1265
Photo taken by B. A. Judas November 2016


Meet up point: Main Entrance at the Brooklyn Museum 10:45 AM
Tour start time: 11 AM
Dr. Bleiberg has generously waived the entry fees for our group!
Space is limited!
Please contact pres@arce-pa.org to sign up for the event

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February 11, 2017 
*FREE LECTURE*
Classroom 2
3:30 PM
Penn Museum

Dr. Jacco Dielman




Associate Professor of Egyptology, UCLA
Editor, UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology
2016-2017 Shelby Cullom Davis Center Fellow, Princeton University

Pharaoh Alexander the Great:
The Egyptian Background of the Alexander Romance




Abstract:
The Alexander Romance is an ancient popular narrative about the conquests and legendary exploits of Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE). Likely composed from various sources in Greek in Alexandria in the Roman period, it was translated throughout Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages into Latin, Armenian, Coptic, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, Ge’ez, and other languages, and expanded with every new recension. According to this tale, Alexander was not the son of King Phillip of Macedon (382-336 BCE), but of Pharaoh Nectanebo II (360-342 BC), the last native pharaoh of Egypt. This preposterous claim is obviously unfounded, but not fully without historical merit. A careful analysis of the motifs of this birth-legend against the background of indigenous Egyptian literature of the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods shows that the birth-legend is likely the product of a careful negotiation about political legitimacy and cultural authenticity between Egyptian elites and their new Greek rulers following Alexander’s conquest of Egypt in 332 BCE.


Bio:

Jacco Dieleman is Associate Professor of Egyptology at UCLA (PhD University of Leiden, 2003). He studies how Egyptian scribal culture responded to the imposition of foreign rule in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman periods in two related projects. He is editing a hieratic-demotic manuscript preserving the instructions and incantations adapted from temple handbooks for a private individual (Artemis Liturgical Papyrus). The other project studies the nature, use, and development of textual amulets in ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean.




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*** *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). 

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Save the Date for these 2017 Events!

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2017 Korsyn Lecture
March 18, 2017
AnthoRoom 345
Dr. James Allen
Charles Edwin Wilbour Professor of Egyptology, Brown University
"What's New with King Tut?"

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April 15, 2017
Classroom 2
Dr. Salima Ikram
Distinguished Professor, American University in Cairo
Safe Passage: Ancient Egyptian Vernacular Shrines in the Western Desert

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May 20, 2017
Classroom 2
Dr. Niv Allon
Assistant Curator, Department of Egyptian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
The General Had Four Noses: Destruction & Reconstruction in Haremhab’s Scribal Statue

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*** *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).


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ARCE-PA Membership Renewal 

You can do it online: 
http://www.arce.org/membership/overview
Or
At the sign-in desk at our next lecture!

*Remember to check the affiliation box for ARCE-PA

 to continue your association with us.

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