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November 17, 2018

Anthropology Classroom 345

Dr. John Baines
Emeritus Professor of Egyptology, University of Oxford

"Watery Landscapes of Ancient Egypt, Their Depiction, and Why They Mattered"

Discussions of ancient Egyptian landscapes focus on Upper Egypt, with its narrow Nile valley and background of the desert and the escarpment. Patterns of preservation of sites indeed favor the valley and desert regions. Yet from prehistoric times onward watery environments are depicted, and by the third millennium they are often those of the delta. Such environments were integral to architectural forms and ritual settings. The delta landscape was much more enveloping for those who lived within it, while for travelers it lacked the relief and visibility of Upper Egypt. Its characteristics spoke to the importance of water and the river, to the impermanence that human society seeks to overcome, and to the perpetual renewal vouchsafed by the abundant growth implicit in water. These settings are crucial both ideologically and for elite pastimes, with their partly ritual associations.


John Baines is Emeritus Professor of Egyptology in the University of Oxford. He has held visiting appointments in universities and research institutions in departments of Egyptology, anthropology, art history and archaeology, and Near Eastern Studies, at universities in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the US. His chief research interests are in Egyptian art, religion, literature, and the comparative modeling of social forms and institutions. Throughout his career he has sought to integrate the study of ancient Egypt into the wider discourse of the humanities and social sciences. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and an honorary member of the American Oriental Society.

FALL 2018 Scheduled Lectures


December 8, 2018 
*Annual Winter Party & Lecture*
Classroom 345, 3:30
Dr. Steve Harvey
Director, Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, Abydos
"Understanding Ancient Egyptian Comics: Conversations, Quarrels, and Songs in Ancient Egyptian Tombs"

The holiday party will start after the lecture! ARCE-PA invites our members and guests to join us in a potluck celebration. Please let us know if you would like to bring your favorite food to share.  Email us at: info@arce-pa.org

January DTBA 2019
ARCE-PA Members Museum Meet up at the Met Museum
Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin

February 16, 2019
Dr. Mohamed Abdelhady
Cairo University
Lecture Title: TBA
Classroom 2
3:30 pm

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