Seth: Ancient Egypt’s Evil God of Power and Might
Author: Middle East Studies Center
Posted: May 13, 2013

Seth: Ancient Egypt’s Evil God of Power and Might

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 7:30pm

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 238
1825 SW Broadway

Free & open to the public

We often see the ancient Egyptian god Seth as the god of evil in ancient Egyptian religion because he had killed his brother Osiris in order to claim the kingship of Egypt.  This lecture will try to rehabilitate Seth’s stature taking into account numerous new studies on the many roles that Seth held throughout Egyptian history.  Oftentimes Seth held the position as king of the gods and the years of his reign as king were enumerated.  During the New Kingdom Period, he served in an honored position as the protector of the sun god Re at the prow of the solar bark, as a chief deity of the Nineteenth Dynasty kings, but also had some negative aspects portrayed.  The Late period portrayal of Seth as a god of evil generated multiple tales of the “evil” god Seth and passed into Greek literature. In his slide-illustrated lecture, Dr Cruz-Uribe will review some new and unpublished scenes of the god Seth from his own field work in Egypt.   

Presented by the Middle East Studies Center with cosponsorship from the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.  For more information, visit or contact