Upcoming Lecture: To Shake or Not to Shake: An New Interpretation of a Devastated Foreign Landscape Depicted at Luxor Temple

To Shake or Not to Shake: An New Interpretation of a Devastated Foreign Landscape Depicted at Luxor Temple
Speaker: Danielle Phelps, University of Arizona
February 25, 2016, 6pm
Pueblo Grande Museum

On the exterior western wall of Luxor Temple is a carved battle scene amongst the scenes that are depictions from Syria, dating to the time of Ramesses II (ca. 1291 to 1213 BCE). The scene portrays only a collapsing migdol (a type of Syrian settlement structure) and its associated vineyards and gardens, which appear broken and uprooted. There are no human or animal figures nor any hieroglyphs which would provide more information about why the ancient Egyptians would depict this type of scene. This presentation will examine the art historical significance of the devastated landscape and propose that the scene depicts the remains of a natural disaster, an earthquake, which the ancient Egyptians came upon during their military campaigns, whereupon they declared an Egyptian victory over the already ruined landscape.

Danielle Phelps is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. Her dissertation topic focuses on applying anthropological theory to ancient Egyptian mortuary practices. She received her M.A. in Art History with an emphasis on Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology from the University of Memphis in 2009. She has over eight years of excavation experience in Egypt and has been on several different excavations in Mexico, Italy, and the American Southwest. Her interests include the application of Geographic Information Studies (GIS) analyses to archaeological issues, bioarchaeological investigations, mortuary rituals and practices, and how all of these techniques and methods can be applied to the study of ancient Egypt.

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Upcoming Lecture: Masters of Prophecy: Religion, Identity, and the Fate of the Etruscans in the Context of Roman Italy

Masters of Prophecy: Religion, Identity, and the Fate of the Etruscans in the Context of Roman Italy
Speaker: Dr. Daniele F. Maras, Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia, Rome, Italy
January 21, 2016, 6:00 PM
ASU West Campus, Kiva Hall

The so-called mystery of the Etruscans rests on three major issues attached to their perception by ancient authors and the modern public: their inscrutable origins, their unparalleled language, and their peculiar religion. While the first two issues have interested especially ancient Greek sources and modern scholars, the features of Etruscan religious practices are a recurring motif of Latin literature. In fact, in the Roman world, the Etruscans enjoyed a long-lasting fame as clever seers, especially regarding their ability as haruspices, priests able to read future events within the entrails of sacrifice victims.

In the last centuries of paganism the so-called ‘Etruscan’ haruspices were among the most vigorous opponents of new religions, as in the case of early Christianity. This caused a reaction on the part of the Fathers of Church, who blamed Etruscan superstition, with special regard to divination. Thus, the last remains of independent Etruscan culture were eventually destined to vanish.

Dr. Daniele Maras holds his degrees from “La Sapienza” University of Rome, and specializes in Classical archaeology, Etruscology, Classical religion and mythology, Latin and Pre-Roman epigraphy, and ancient art history.  He has received various awards for his work, including being named a Corresponding Member of the Pontificia Accademia Romana di Archeologia and Member of the Società Italiana di Storia delle Religioni.  He has numerous works in preparation, and most recent publications include Numbers & Reckoning: A Whole Civilization founded upon Divisions” in The Etruscan World (J. MacIntosh Turfa ed., 2013).  Dr. Maras is an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2015/2016.

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