Northern Cal. ARCE Egyptology Lecture Sept. 11 by Dr. Marissa Stevens

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Northern Cal. ARCE Egyptology Lecture Sept. 11 by Dr. Marissa Stevens

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The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a lecture by Dr. Marissa A. Stevens, UCLA:

Funerary Papyri as Social Reflections of the Living and the Dead

Sunday, September 11, 2022, 3 PM Pacific Time
Room 20 Social Sciences Building (formerly Barrows Hall)
UC Berkeley

Please note that no Zoom meeting is scheduled for this lecture.

Glenn Meyer
ARCE-NC Publicity Director

Image courtesy of Dr. Marissa Stevens
Image courtesy of Dr. Marissa Stevens
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About the Lecture:

Twenty-first Dynasty funerary papyri – consisting of texts and images from the Book of the Dead, the many Underworld Books, and other cosmographic scenes – have always fascinated Egyptologists for what they reveal about Egyptian afterlife beliefs and their understanding and conceptualization of the underworld. But these documents are also social objects. The creation, ownership, and use of these papyri can shed much light about the deceased who reap the religious benefit of the texts and on the family of the deceased, who also benefit from these objects in social and ideological ways. Studying these papyri as objects of social life, we can learn about temple life, titles and rank, family structure, inheritance, and social status of the deceased and the families they left behind. Funerary papyri were therefore used as a form of social competition, and reveal much about the mindset of the elite priests of 21st Dynasty Thebes.

Image courtesy of Dr. Marissa Stevens
Image courtesy of Dr. Marissa Stevens
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About the Speaker:

Dr. Marissa Stevens is the Assistant Director of the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World. Trained as an Egyptologist who studies the materiality, social history, and texts of the Third Intermediate Period and Late Period, she completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Combining art historical and linguistic approaches, her research interests focus on how objects can solidify, maintain, and perpetuate social identity, especially in times of crisis when more traditional means of self-identification are absent.

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