Events

UPDATE: Ancient Egypt's Revolution from Above
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 7:30pm
UPDATE: Ancient Egypt's Revolution from Above

UPDATE:

Dr. Betsy Bryan is unable to fly into Portland, and our friends at ARCE have been able to schedule a new speaker, ARCE’s Director for Egypt, Dr. Louise Bertini. She will be joined by Laura Rheintgen, ARCE’s Development Director.  The event will be held at the same time and location - 7:30 PM at the Parson's Gallery in PSU's Urban Center Building. The new topic of discussion is "As Offerings, as Food, and as Companions:Animals in Ancient Egypt."

Animals and humans have long shared a symbiotic relationship in the environment that they lived in. The flourishing landscape of the Nile valley provided the
necessary environment for the ancient Egyptians to transition from a hunter-gatherer people to a more sedentary agrarian society. More than providing a source of water for this burgeoning economy, the Nile’s annual flood and its resultant silt deposits created an ideal environment for subsistence farming that would not have otherwise been
possible. In the fifth millennium BC, permanent settlements along the Nile valley began to appear, leading to the emergence of early civilization by the fourth millennium BC. It was in this environment that animals were not only a source of food and secondary products—they inspired the culture and religion that subsequently developed.


 

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.