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ARCE-PA Presents:

Saturday, April 11 at 3:30 PM
Dr. Aidan Dodson

    Senior Research Fellow, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology  University of Bristol, England
 "From Soldiers to Pharaohs: the careers of Ay and Horemheb"

Anthro Room 345, Penn Museum

For much of the reign of the young Tutankhamun, last king of the blood-line of the Eighteenth Dynasty, control of Egypt was in in the hands of two soldiers, Ay and Horemheb. Ay was a chariotry general with close links with the royal family; indeed, he may have been the king's maternal grandfather. Horemheb seems to have been an infantryman or staff officer of humble birth, yet had the title of King's Deputy - formal regent. Ay appears rather to have exercised a less formal authority based on his background - and in any case managed to obtain the throne on Tutankhamun's death. Four years later - apparently after having been sidelined by the new regime, it was Horemheb who ascended the throne of the pharaohs - possibly after a struggle with Ay's son and heir for the succession. 

This lecture will explore the facts and theories regarding the careers of these two men, the latter of whom would pass the throne to a third soldier - Paramessu who, as Rameses I, would found the new Ninetheenth Dynasty.

Dr Aidan Dodson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol, England, and held the Simpson Chair of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo for the Spring semester of 2013. Since 2011 he has been Chairman of Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society (ARCE's UK equivalent) and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, one of the world's oldest archaeological bodies (founded in 1751), in 2003. 

He is the author of over three hundred academic papers and seventeen books, his Amarna Sunrise and Amarna Sunset (American University in Cairo Press, 2014 and 2009) telling the story of the last years of the Eighteenth Dynasty.


*Entrance fees are $10 for the general public, $7 for University Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12

*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. 


Penn Museum's World Culture Day


Saturday, March 21, 2015

11 AM to 4 PM

Free with Admission to the Penn Museum  

It's a celebration of all things Egyptian at this World Culture Day. The galleries come to life with a variety of activities to help visitors discover ancient Egypt, one of the world's oldest civilizations—including hands-on crafts, an interactive belly-dancing workshop, and lectures about Egyptian history and archaeology. Guests can follow along with guided tours of the Museum's Egyptian galleries, and watch live mummy conservation in the In the Artifact Lab: Conserving Egyptian Mummies exhibition.

Villanova University's Department of History announces a Summer Abroad Trip to Egypt
Do you know a student who loves ancient Egypt, and who would like to visit archaeological sites & museums in Egypt?

Please contact Dr. Kelly-Anne Diamond
Application Deadline: April 1, 2015


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