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VIRTUAL - Consumed in Raging Fire: Cremation Burial in Ptolemaic Alexandria

August 28, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

This is an online event.

The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a virtual lecture by Dr. Thomas Landvatter, University of Michigan:

Consumed in Raging Fire: Cremation Burial in Ptolemaic Alexandria

Sunday, August 28, 2022, 3 PM Pacific Time

Zoom Lecture. A registration link will be automatically sent to ARCE-NC members. Non-members may request a registration link by sending email with your name and email address to Non-members, please send any registration requests no later than Friday, August 26. The number of registrations is limited, so the sooner you register, the better.

Glenn Meyer
ARCE-NC ePublicity

About the Lecture:

Mummification is, of course, the burial practice most associated with ancient Egypt. It may come as a surprise, then, that for a period of time cremation – the very antithesis of mummification – is attested in Egypt. During the Ptolemaic period (305-30 BCE), when Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of Graeco-Maedonian origin, it is clear that mummification remained the burial treatment of choice for many elite classes across Egypt. However, a significant minority of burials in the capital of Alexandria and elsewhere were in fact cremations. In this talk, I explore the cremation burials of Ptolemaic Alexandria, who used cremation and why, and what cremation reveals about the cultural and social environment of that city. I argue that these cremation burials and their meaning can only be understood in relation to Egyptian mummification and other cultural practices, as well as the unique social and cultural environment of early Alexandria.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Tom Landvatter (PhD, Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan), is Associate Professor of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. His teaching and research interests center on the history and archaeology of the eastern Mediterranean during the Hellenistic period (323-30 BCE), in particular Cyprus and Ptolemaic Egypt. He has excavated in Egypt at both Mendes and, especially, Abydos, which has been an ongoing focus of his research and publications. Currently he co-directs an excavation at the Hellenistic fortification of Vigla, near Larnaca, Cyprus.

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August 28, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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