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Copyright © 2018 - American Research Center in Egypt / New York
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The American Research Center in Egypt, New York Chapter (ARCE/NY), in co-sponsorship with New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW/NYU), presents the following in our 2018 Spring Lecture Series:

"Dirty Pictures for a Dangerous Goddess: 
The Turin Erotic Papyrus " 

Please Note: Due to the subject matter, this lecture is suitable for adults only.

SPEAKER: Dr. Ann Macy Roth, New York University  

LOCATION: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW/NYU)
15 East 84th Street (between 5th and Madison Avenues)
New York, New York

R.S.V.P. REQUIRED: Please reply to http://isaw.nyu.edu/rsvp

ABSTRACT: Papyrus 55001 in Turin’s Museo Egizio, often called the “Turin Erotic Papyrus” has long been a subject of intense Egyptological interest despite its rather fragmentary state. Almost certainly the product of the community of royal artists at the village of Deir el-Medina on the west bank at Thebes, it dates to the later New Kingdom period, probably to the reign of Ramesses III (roughly 1184-1153 BCE). Two thirds of its length shows a sequence of twelve couples in sexual poses while the remaining third depicts a wide variety of animals engaged in role-reversed or anthropomorphic activities. Diverse interpretations of the meaning and social function of the papyrus have been proposed, ranging from cosmological to pornographic to cautionary, although most scholars seem to agree that it was intended for male edification and titillation. This X-rated talk will propose a new interpretation of the social function of the papyrus and suggest a rather different audience, pointing to a reinterpretation of ancient Egyptian erotica more generally.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Dr. Ann Macy Roth studied Egyptology at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute and received her doctoral degree with a dissertation on a system of labor organization widely used in the royal palaces, temples, and work gangs in the Old Kingdom period. She has taught Egyptology at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Howard University, and since 2003 she has taught in the departments of Art History and of Hebrew & Judaic Studies at New York University. She has directed six seasons of archaeological and epigraphic fieldwork at the Old Kingdom cemeteries of Giza; her other research focuses on questions of Old Kingdom tomb chapel decoration and the representation of gender in ancient Egyptian art and literature of all periods. Her study of Turin 55001 is part of her work in this last area. 

Upcoming Egyptology Lectures in New York
  • March 26, 2018 (Monday) ESNY Lecture - 6:30 P.M., Dr. José Galán,  “The Tomb-Chapels of Djehuty and Hery (TT 11-12) in Dra Abu el-Naga”, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; 7 Times Square, 23rd floor. [Entrance on Broadway at 42nd St, between The Loft and The Counter. Photo ID requred. Proceed to 5th Fl Sky Lobby and take second elevator bank to 23rd Fl.]
  • April 13, 2018 (Friday). 6:30 pm. ESNY lecture. Vanessa Boschloos.“The Scarab in Egypt and Beyond: Archaeology’s Answer to the Question are the ‘Ugly’ Ones Non-Egyptian?” The Art Study Room, Uris Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • May 21, 2018 (Friday) ARCE Lecture - 6:30 P.M., Dr. Simon Connor, "Mutilating, Killing, and De-Activating Statues in Ancient Egypt", The lecture will be at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and will begin at 6:00 pm. 7 Times Square, 23rd floor. [Entrance on Broadway at 42nd St, between The Loft and The Counter. Photo ID requred. Proceed to 5th Fl Sky Lobby and take second elevator bank to 23rd Fl.]   

Information regarding upcoming ARCE/NY lectures will be listed on our website at www.arceny.com and on the ARCE website at www.arce.org.