The Great Ramesside Monuments at Abydos
Thursday, June 20
Visual presentation, discussion
Abydos, 300 miles south of Cairo, is one of the most intriguing sites spanning Egypt’s narrative from the Prehistoric through Coptic periods. It was the cult center and burial place of Osiris, god of the dead who offered hope of eternal life to the deceased.
The National Arts Club and American Research Center/NY present Dr. Ogden Goelet, Jr. and Sameh Iskander, Visiting Scholar and member of ARCE’s Presidential Advisory Council — Co-Directors of The New York University Epigraphic Expedition to the Temple of Ramesses II in Abydos. Their lecture considers the Ramesside impact on Abydos and Egyptian religion.
Doctors Goelet and Iskander discuss monuments constructed during the Ramesside period (1293 - 1070 BCE). They compare the Abydos temple of Ramesses with his father Seti I’s larger one. These pharaohs revitalized Egypt’s traditions in the aftermath of the tumultuous Amarna episode. A recent discovery of a temple palace type will be described.
Free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first-served. An RSVP is not required.