Events

The Surprising Appearance of the Egyptian Book of the Dead at the Beginning of the New Kingdom Lecture by Dr. Peter F. Dorman, University of Chicago
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 7:30pm to Monday, September 17, 2018 - 9:00pm
The Surprising Appearance of the Egyptian Book of the Dead at the Beginning of the New Kingdom Lecture by Dr. Peter F. Dorman, University of Chicago

The Egyptian Book of the Dead is an integral part of the long tradition of mortuary literature, descending from the earlier Pyramid Texts of the Old Kingdom and the Coffin Texts of the Middle Kingdom. This document was included in private burials in the form of brilliantly illuminated papyri beginning in the New Kingdom. Known to the Egyptians as the Book of Coming Forth by Day, its purpose was to help in the transfiguration of the deceased’s soul into an immortal, effective spirit.

About the Speaker

DR. PETER DORMAN is an epigrapher, philologist, and Egyptologist. Recently a professor of history and archaeology at the American University of Beirut, he served as the 15th President of the university from 2008 to 2015. He spent most of his career as a professor and chair in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago, and was director of Chicago House in Luxor, the Epigraphic Survey field project of the Oriental Institute. Presently a professor emeritus of the University of Chicago, he is the author and editor of several major books and many articles on the study of ancient Egypt and is probably best known for his historical work on the reign of Hatshepsut and the Amarna period.

About the Event

Monday, Sept 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

2nd Floor, Parson's Gallery, Urban Center Bldg 506 SW Mill St, Portland State University

FREE admission and Open to the Public

ARCE is a private, nonprofit organization that supports research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, fosters broader knowledge among the general public, and strengthens American- Egyptian cultural ties.

Lecture sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt in cooperation with the Middle East Studies Center of Portland State University.