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ARCE/NY LECTURE, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2018
AMERICAN RESEARCH CENTER IN EGYPT/NEW YORK CHAPTER

The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY), presents the following in our 2018 Fall Lecture Series:

“Despicable Kings and Debased Rivals: The Enemies of Ramses II in the Battle of Kadesh Reliefs”

SPEAKER:  Dr. Tara Prakash, Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Upcoming ARCE Egyptology Lectures in New York


· September 11, 2018Dr. Tara PrakashAndrew W. Mellon Research Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art . Her talk is titled “Despicable Kings and Debased Rivals: The Enemies of Ramses II in the Battle of Kadesh Reliefs”. The lecture will be held at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

· October 11, 2018Dr. Stephen Harvey will speak on "Understanding Ancient Egyptian Comics: Conversations, Quarrels, and Songs in Ancient Egyptian Tombs" . The lecture will be held at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.  

· October 26, 2018. Dr. Geoffrey Killen will speak on “Egyptian Coffins: Exploring the carpenter’s craft for the afterlife.” This lecture is in co-sponsorship with ESNY and will be held at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

· December 5, 2018Prof. Sahar Saleem will speak on "Ancient Egyptian medicine and health in the eyes of modern science". The lecture will be held at the Egyptian Consulate.

· February 28, 2019Dr. Jennifer Thum will be the speaker for our  first annual Theodore N. Romanoff Lecture, title TBA.  The lecture will be held at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.  

· March 14, 2019 Dr. Betsy Bryan, will speak on a topic and at a location TBA.

· June 20, 2019.  Prof. Ogden Goelet and Dr. Sameh Iskander in co-operation with the National Arts Club, speaking on their recent work at Abydos. 




LOCATION: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; 7 Times Square, New York, 23rd floor. [Entrance on Broadway at 42nd St, between The Loft and The Counter. Photo ID required. Proceed to 5th Fl Sky Lobby and take second elevator bank to 23rd Fl.]

TIME: 6:00 p.m. RECEPTION TO FOLLOW LECTURE. FREE TO THE PUBLIC
R.S.V.P. REQUIRED. Please reply to [email protected]  

ABSTRACT:  During the Nineteenth Dynasty (ca. 1292-1191), King Ramses II tried to reestablish Egyptian control over the Syrian city of Kadesh which the Hittites of Anatolia had conquered in the late Eighteenth Dynasty. He recorded the epic battle that he fought at Kadesh against the Hittite Empire and its allies in a series of reliefs, which he had carved onto temple walls throughout Egypt. These reliefs preserve multiple textual and pictorial accounts of Ramses’ struggle. In this lecture, I will consider how the Egyptians portrayed the Hittite king and his coalition in the Kadesh texts and images in order to shed light on both the Egyptian conception of foreigners and the purpose of these reliefs inside the Egyptian temple. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Tara Prakash received her PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her dissertation was the first comprehensive study of the prisoner statues, a series of late Old Kingdom statues of kneeling bound foreigners, and she is preparing a book manuscript on this topic. Dr. Prakash is currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Egyptian Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Near Eastern Studies department at Johns Hopkins University, and she has also taught courses at the City College of New York. Dr. Prakash has worked with archaeological projects in Saqqara, Abydos, and Tel Kabri, Israel. Her research focuses on issues of ethnicity and identity, foreign interactions, artistic agency, and the visualization of pain and emotion in ancient Egypt. 
An enemy chariot from the Battle of Kadesh scene at Ramses II's temple at Abydos. Photo: T. Prakash
Photo by Gregory Maka
Ramesses II's Mortuary Temple in Luxor. Photo by T. Prakash