[POSTPONED] The Court Officials of the Middle Kingdom – Wolfram Grajetzki
The conference will be focused on the people at the royal court, those men close to the king. How is the Middle Kingdom royal court distinct to the court of the Old Kingdom? In both periods the vizier is the most important man at the head of the administration. But who where the other officials? Is the Middle Kingdom royal court different to the courts of local governors? The development of the royal court over time tells us much about the changing function of the king and the palace in general. The comparison with the courts of local governors provides additional evidence for the special roles of royal officials. They also gives clues to the rise of a national administration.
Wolfram Grajetzki is a German Egyptologist. He studied at Free University of Berlin and made his Doctor of Philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He performed excavations in Egypt, but also in Pakistan. He published articles and several books on the Egyptian Middle Kingdom, on administration, burial customs and queens: his latest publications are "Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt" and "The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt". He is also a researcher at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, UK, working on the project 'Digital Egypt for Universities'.
The conference will include an intervention by Susanna Moser, editor of the Italian edition of the volume "The Middle Kingdom of Ancient Egypt".
The event will be held in English and will be introduced by Christian Greco, Director of the Museo Egizio.
It will be broadcast via streaming on the Museum's Facebook page and Youtube channel.