Continuity and Change in Egypt's "Great Land:" Abydos under the Ptolemies | Thomas Landvatter
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 7:30pm to Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 9:00pm
Continuity and Change in Egypt's "Great Land:" Abydos under the Ptolemies | Thomas Landvatter

About the Event

Tuesday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.

2nd Floor Gallery, Urban Center Building, 506 SW Mill St (between 5th and 6th Avenue), Portland State University

Free admission; Open to the public

About the Lecture

Abydos is one of the most important cemetery sites in Egypt, steeped in indigenous tradition as the burial site of the first kings of state level Egypt, site of multiple cemeteries in near constant use for 3500 years, and a major cult center to Osiris, god of the dead. But what happened to the site at the end of the first millennium BCE, when Egypt was under the rule of the Macedonian Ptolemaic dynasty, when Greeks ruled Egypt? 

Recent discoveries--the development of its funerary landscape, interactions with earlier, Pharaonic-period remains, as well as a newly excavated priest’s tomb—are beginning to reveal Abydos in Ptolemaic times.

About the Speaker

DR. THOMAS LANDVATTER earned his PhD from the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, where he participated in U-M’s excavations at Abydos. He holds undergraduate degrees in History and in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Penn State and is co-director of the Vigla Archaeological Project on Cyprus.  His academic focus has been the Hellenistic period (323-30 BCE) in the Mediterranean, with particular attention to Egypt. In 2012 he was an ARCE Fellow at mortuary sites in Alexandria, Luxor, and the Dakhleh and Khargeh Oases. He has written about cross cultural interactions and burial practices in the Ptolemaic Period. During a 2018-19 sabbatical, he worked on his monograph project “Burial and Identity in Ptolemaic Egypt,” of which Abydos research is a part.


Lecture sponsored by the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) in cooperation with the Middle East Studies Center.

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.

ARCE-OR – P.O. Box 15192 – Portland, OR 97214