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Ambassador of Ramses II Puts a New Face on Ancient Egyptian Diplomacy

October 21, 2018 @ 3:00 pm EDT

ARCE-NC Egyptology Lectures
Room 20 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a lecture by Dr. Alain Zivie, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris:

Ambassador of Ramses II Puts a New Face on Ancient Egyptian Diplomacy

Sunday, October 21, 3 pm
Room 20 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley Campus

(Near the intersection of Bancroft Way and Barrow Lane)

About the Lecture:

In 1996 the French Archaeological Mission of the Bubasteion (MAFB), under the direction of our speaker, discovered at Saqqara a rather unusual tomb (Bubasteion I.16), compared to others of the period located on the same site. It is partly rock-cut, partly built.

The tomb belonged to a prominent official at the time of Ramesses II who had been at one time in his career wpwty nsw, i.e. royal messenger (ambassador). The usual name of this man is Netjerouymes (Ntrwyms), but he is also frequently called in the inscriptions P3rhnw(3), Parekhnou(a), which is the Egyptian form of the name Pirikhnawa (or Parakhnawa) mentioned several times in the Hittite sources of Boghazkoy.

The discovery of this tomb was of more interest as its owner appears to have been also the first of the three Egyptian royal messengers mentioned in the peace treaty of year 21 of Ramesses II.

About the Speaker:

A former Scientific Member of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Cairo (IFAO) and Director of Research Emeritus at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, Dr. Alain Zivie is the founding Director of the French Archaeological Mission of the Bubasteion at Saqqara (MAFB). He is also the founding President of the non-profit organization Hypogées ( ), whose purpose is to support the work of the MAFB. He has been a Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2001 and 2002, a William K. Simpson Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo (2008), and a visiting scholar and then Associate in Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (2013–2016). Zivie is also, since 2001, vice-president of the French Society of Egyptology.

He is the author of numerous scientific publications, including Memphis and its necropolis in the New Kingdom: new data, new questions: proceedings of the international symposium CNRS, Paris, 9 to 11 October 1986 , ed. by Alain-Pierre Zivie, Paris, CNRS Publishing House , 1988; Discovery at Saqqara: the forgotten vizier , Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 1990; The found tombs of Saqqara , Monaco, Éditions du Rocher, 2003; The tomb of Maia, foster mother of King Tutankhamun and great of the harem (Bub I.20) , Toulouse, Caracara, 2009; and The tomb of Thoutmes, director of painters in the Place de Maat (Bub I.19) , Toulouse, Caracara, 2013.


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October 21, 2018
3:00 pm EDT
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Glenn Meyer


ARCE-NC Egyptology Lectures
Room 20 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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