AIA Tours

AIA Lecturer/Host: Peter Brand

Peter J. Brand (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is an Egyptologist specializing in history, art, language, and epigraphy. His research examines the history and culture of New Kingdom Egypt (ca. 1550-1100 BCE), especially the Ramesside Period. He has authored three books and dozens of articles on Egyptian kingship, monumental construction, popular religion, warfare, and diplomacy.

Brand is director of the Karnak Hypostyle Hall Project, which is recording, conserving, and interpreting hundreds of scenes and hieroglyphic texts carved on the walls and columns of the Great Hypostyle Hall. The Project uses cutting edge technology to model and reveal the inscriptions on this forest of 134 giant columns. Professor Brand appears in documentaries for the History Channel, Discovery, and National Geographic. His forthcoming book is a biography of the celebrated Pharaoh Ramesses II, a.k.a. “the Great” (ruled ca. 1279-1212 BCE). Future projects will examine the royal women of the Ramesside period and the political use of gold by the pharaohs. Professor Brand led a 2006 AIA tour of Egypt to excellent reviews and he is excited again to share the wonders of Egypt with our group in 2021.

University of Toronto

Upcoming Tours:


Absolute Egypt, 2022

January 12 - 28, 2022

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