LECTURE: The Origin of the Terrace of the Great God? Monuments of Egypt?s Early Kings at Abydos Find us
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 6:00pm
Dr. Matthew Douglas Adams
Chapter: New York, co-sponsored by Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW)
Speaker: Matthew Douglas AdamsLocation: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), 15 East 84th Street, New York, N.Y.
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
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Description: The site of Abydos was long closely associated with the god Osiris, ruler of the land of the dead and was, as such, a place of great religious importance in ancient Egypt. Making a pilgrimage to Abydos to participate in the great annual festival of Osiris, in which episodes of the myth of the god were reenacted, was a frequently expressed cultural ideal. In myth, Osiris had been a king of Egypt at its beginning and was thought to have been buried at Abydos, where Egypt’s actual early kings built their funerary complexes. This lecture will explore the nature of early royal activity at Abydos and how this may have shaped the later history and religious significance of the site.
About the Speaker: Matthew Douglas Adams holds a dual Ph.D., in both Egyptology and Anthropology, from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Senior Research Scholar at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where he also is Associate Director and Field Director of the Institute’s archaeological field research program at Abydos. Dr. Adams’ research interests include Egyptian urbanism and social complexity, the relationship between the state and provincial society, the emergence of monumentality as an expression of early Egyptian kingship, and the nature and evolution of sacred landscapes. In addition to his ongoing research, he is actively engaged in a number of conservation and site protection and management initiatives at Abydos, including a large-scale program of architectural conservation at the monumental funerary cult enclosure of king Khasekhemwy. (See Dr. Adams’publications on the ARCE/NY website at www.arceny.com).
Photographs courtesy, Greg Maka for the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
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