Peopling Ancient Egypt: an ethnography of pharaonic Egypt – Christopher Eyre
An ethnographic approach to the material culture of ancient Egypt certainly opens up new ways of understanding the everyday life of the ancients.
The pharaonic Egypt was a peasant society, and its core values were rooted in the realities of its peasant economy and culture. The close reading of the ancient record, and a bottom-up approach, then looks to describe what individuals actually did, and to locate that behaviour within the physical environment. Key themes are those of any ethnography: the household, work and kinship groups, and the village; social violence, and the negotiation of disputes; social rituals of coming of age and initiation; description of direct personal interactions with the immanent supernatural world, where worship was non-congregational.
Christopher Eyre is professor of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, where he has been a staff member since 1977.
He has worked in Egypt as an epigrapher in tombs of both the Old and New Kingdoms at Saqqara, as well as the Temple of Seti I at Abydos.
He currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to complete his project Peopling Ancient Egypt: an Ethnography of Pharaonic Egypt.
The lecture will be introduced by the Museo Egizio Director, Christian Greco, and it will be held in English.
There will be the streaming service on the Facebook page of the Museum.
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