Abstract: From the Valley of the Kings to Philae: Ancient and Modern Pilgrimages

Lecturer: Eugene Cruz-Uribe

From an examination of the ancient graffiti found in numerous sites in ancient Egypt (including the Valley of the Kings, Kharga Oasis, El Kab, and the temple of Isis at Philae), the lecturer explores the nature of pilgrimage activity in ancient Egypt.  He notes that those followers of the traditional cults expressed their reverence in many ways that were adapted by the Early Christians in Egypt and both groups utilized many of the same sites (in succession and contemporarily). We also see how traditional pilgrimage activities continued well into the 6th century AD long after Egypt had converted to Christianity.

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