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Thursday, June 20, 2019


The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY) in co-sponsorship with the Archaeology Committee of the National Arts Club, presents the following lecture.

"The Great Ramesside Monuments at Abydos"

SPEAKERS: Dr. OGDEN GOELET, JR. AND Dr. SAMEH ISKANDERCo-Directors of the New York University Epigraphic Expedition to the Temple of Ramesses II in Abydos

LOCATION: The National Arts Club
                        15 Gramercy Park South
                        New York, New York

TIME: 6:30 PM Lecture
            7:30 PM Reception
            FREE TO THE PUBLIC / Seating on first come basis
Upcoming Egyptology Lectures in New York

September 20, 2019. ESNY Lecture. Dr Luigi Prada, Reusing Monuments and Reimagining Sacred Landscapes: The Ancient Egyptian Graffiti Project of the Oxford Epigraphic Expedition to Elkab. 6:30 PM at The Art Study Room, Uris Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

October 24, 2019. ARCE/NY ISAW Lecture. Dr. Galina Belova, The mystery of the “White Walls”: The new discoveries at Memphis. 6:00 PM at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. RSVP required at http://isaw.nyu.edu/rsvp.

November 20, 2019. ARCE/NY Lecture. Dr. Denise Doxey, Ancient Nubia Now. 6:00 PM at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. RSVP required at [email protected]

December 5, 2019. ARCE/NY Lecture. Dr. Paul Stanwick. Becoming an Isis Initiate. 6:00 PM at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. RSVP required at [email protected]

ABSTRACT: Abydos, located about three hundred miles south of Cairo, is one of the most intriguing sites in Egypt. It was the cult center and burial place of Osiris, god of the dead and ruler of the Netherworld, who offerred hope of eternal life to every deceased Egyptian. Archaeological discoveries since the mid-nineteenth century have uncovered its cultural wealth, spanning Egypt's narrative from  the Prehistoric through Coptic periods. Doctors Goelet and Iskander will discuss monuments constructed at Abydos during the Ramesside period (1293 - 1070 BCE), particuarly the temple of Ramesses II, where New York University has conducted fieldwork over the past eleven years. They will draw some comaprisons between Ramesses II's monument and the larger, well preserved temple of his father Seti I nearby. Seti and Ramesses strove to revitalize and reinterpret Egypt's traditional culture and religion in the aftermath of the tumultuous Amarna episode. The expedition conducted a comprehensive architectural survey and documentation, developed new techniques of epigraphial recording as well as advised on issues regarding conservation and better access for visitors. A recent discovery of a temple palace will be briefly described.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: Dr. Ogden Goelet received his Ph.D. in Ancient Egyptian History from the History Department at Columbia University. His research has been primarily on Egyprian literature and religion with a particular focus on didactic literature and other texts used to teach Ancient Egyptian students how to read and write their language. These two topics are closely related to another area of his interests, the production of religious texts on tomb walls and Book of the Dead papyri. He is the co-director of the Ramesses II temple in Abydos project of New York University-ISAW. Dr. Goelet is a member of the board of directors of the Egyptological Seminar of New York and the current co-editor of the Bulletin of the Egyptological Seminar of Egypt (BES).

Dr. Sameh Iskander earned a Ph.D in Egyptology from New York University, and currently is a Research Associate at New York University Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. Since 2007, he served as the co-director of the Ramesses II temple in Abydos project of New York University-ISAW. He is President Emeritus of the American Research Center in Egypt 2012 - 2015, and a member of the board of directors of the Egyptological Seminar of New York. He also is a member of the Visiting Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt and an MS in Engineering from New York University Polytechnic Institute of Technology.