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LECTURE: "Living Forever in Ancient Egypt," Annual Korsyn Fund Lecture

LECTURE: "Living Forever in Ancient Egypt," Annual Korsyn Fund Lecture

LECTURE: "Living Forever in Ancient Egypt," Annual Korsyn Fund Lecture

Date: Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.

Chapter: Pennsylvania

Presenter: Dr. Edward Bleiberg, Brooklyn Museum

Location: Rainey Auditorium, University of Pennsylvania Museum

Description: Ancient Egyptian religion required people to prepare for their deaths by living a life of justice and providing themselves with specific objects to furnish a tomb. Fulfilling these spiritual and material requirements would allow them to live forever in the afterlife. To lead a life of justice, the god Osiris had established clear rules which every educated Egyptian tried to learn. But the materials needed to furnish a tomb could be an impediment for people who were neither royal nor noble. This talk first examines the ethical requirements involved in living forever. The second section of this talk concentrates on economic strategies for furnishing a tomb available to those lower on the social scale who could not afford a royal burial.

Dr. Edward Bleiberg is Curator for Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Middle Eastern Art at the Brooklyn Museum.  He joined the museum in 1998 after 13 years teaching and directing the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis.  He earned a BA at Haverford College and an MA and Ph.D. in Egyptology at the University of Toronto. He is the author of three books on ancient Egypt and three exhibition catalogs for the Brooklyn Museum as well as articles on the ancient Egyptian economy and burial customs. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his wife and son.

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