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GLASGOW Robert Demarée: Some Insights into Ancient Egyptian Writings

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow G3 8AG (map)

Ian Mathieson Memorial Lecture 2017

This lecture will present an overview of what we think we know about humour and sadness in Ancient Egypt, followed by the story of a discovery in the Vienna Museum a few years ago - an ibis mummy jar which also contained a much older small papyrus scroll. 

Dr Robert Demarée studied Egyptology at the Universities of Leiden, Copenhagen, Oxford and Amsterdam, and was assistant curator at the Museum of Antiquities, Leiden from 1958-1962. Afterwards, he worked as a publisher for many years. He has been a lecturer at Leiden University since 1984, specializing in the hieratic script and in the socio-economic history of the New Kingdom, notably of the inhabitants of Deir el-Medina. He is currently working on the publication of hieratic papyri in Turin, ostraca in London, Cairo, Brussels and several other collections, and graffiti from several sites in Egypt, such as Thebes, Saqqara, Edfu, Hierakonpolis and Deir Abu Hinnes.

Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Society AGM will be postponed until the January meeting, so this event is the lecture only, but we will also be having a book sale so come along and perhaps pick up a bargain for Christmas!