"The Heretic Pharoahs: Nefertiti, Akhenaten, Tutankhamun and the Amarna Age" (4 Lectures)
Sponsored by The Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities Toronto Chapter
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 7:00pm

Dept. Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, U. of Toronto
4 Bancroft Ave, rm. 214
Toronto, ON M5S 1C1

Dates: Tuesdays January 22nd, 29th, February 5th and 12th 2013   Time: 7pm to 8:30pm   

The period at the end of the 18th dynasty  is one which many people find more fascinating than any other time in Egypt’s long history.  Every day it seems that some new discovery is announced which claims to change  “everything we know” about this era, or solve mysteries that have puzzled scholars for decades.  Controversy rages around these new findings and surrounds many already iconic artifacts from the period, such as the the head of Nefertiti, which was discovered  exactly 100 years ago.   This series offers a chance to examine these long-standing debates and “amazing breakthroughs”.

WEEK 1: “’All foreign lands are under his feet’:  The Legacy of Egypt’s Warrior-Pharaohs”

In this first session,  we will get an overview of the history of the late 18th dynasty  as it is known to us today.    The session will set the stage by looking at how Egypt became the greatest power of the age in the 14th and 15th centuries BC.  and discuss the way in which Egypt’s multi-cultural empire may have set in motion the social mechanism which created for the Amarna Revolution.

WEEK 2: “The City in the Sand: How Nefertiti was Lost, and Found”

In the second week, we will follow in the footsteps of the people who deciphered the Amarna Tablets, and those who helped re-discover the lost city through excavation.  Their discoveries have shed led on everything from the making of beer and glass, to the possibility of torture and the presence of plague.   We will also look at the wonderful  paintings, statues and reliefs uncovered at the site, which in recent years have been the subjects of a rash of claims and counter-claims: were they stolen from Egypt by unscrupulous archaeologists?  Or, on the other hand, are they fakes created by those same archaeologists to cover up even bigger crimes?

WEEK 3: “God, Light and the God-Kings of Amarna:  Akhenaten’s New Religion”

Was Akhenaten an inspired visionary or a despotic religious zealot?  Can Egypt lay claim to being the cradle of monotheism?  The third session will examine how the religious beliefs of modern scholars have shaped our perception of the rulers during this time, and how international politics has shaped the debate over the nature of Akhenaten’s reign and religion.

WEEK 4: “Tutankhamun and the Revenge of  the Old Gods”

The last session will look at the controversies surrounding the end of the Amarna Age:  the fate of Nefertiti and her daughters, the succession after Akhenaten, the DNA results of the Cairo Museum mummies and the royal family tree, and the fate of Tutankhamun’s treasures.

Lyn Green received her Phd from the University of Toronto for a dissertation on the queens and princesses of the Amarna Period, and is the author of "Who was Who" in The Royal Women of Amarna: Images of Beauty from Ancient Egypt and numerous other articles and lectures on the Amarna Period. 

Dates: Tuesdays January 22nd, 29th, February 5th and 12th    Time: 7pm to 8:30pm  
Location:  4 Bancroft Ave. rm 214 Price:    $100 SSEA Members; $125 for non-members; $50 Students; $35 *per lecture* fee may be available

Contact toronto@thessea.org or phone 647-520-4339 for more information & room details.

To register:   Send a cheque payable to “SSEA Toronto Chapter”  to The SSEA, Attn Toronto Treasurer,  PO Box 19004 Walmer, 360A Bloor St W, Toronto, ON  M5S 3C9 or hand it in person to the Chapter President or Treasurer at any SSEA Toronto event.  Please write " Heretic Pharaohs " in the memo line of the cheque.

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