Date: 7:30 – 9:00 pm, 07-Mar-2014
Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2
The worship of the gods and goddesses had an impact on the royal and private lives of those living in pharaonic Egypt. Have you ever wished to know a little bit more about these religious aspects?
This lecture is intended for a general audience who want to know the functions of ancient Egyptian religion during the pharaonic period. We will discuss how royal rule was intertwined with the concept of cosmic order (ma’at) and how this impacted daily ritual at temples. Also, this lecture will consider the roles of the gods and goddesses of pharaonic Egypt and how these ‘spheres of influence’ are sometimes blurred in literature. To gain a familiarity of the divine, attendees will be presented with the attributes and artistic forms of the most popular deities. To conclude, there will also be an analysis of the creation myths of the Egyptians.
Through this lecture, audience members will gain a better understanding of how religion managed to permeate many aspects of pharaonic culture and provide a resource for further inquiry into topics of ancient Egypt.
About the speaker:
Nicholas Wernick is a Calgarian completing his PhD in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. The topic of his thesis is ancient Egyptian militarism in the Late Bronze Age and what the nature of ancient Egyptian imperialism in the Levant was like during the New Kingdom. In addition to his PhD work, he has been published in academic journals and Ancient Egypt Magazine.
Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.