EDINBURGH Dan Potter: Pow! Thwack! Khufu! When Egyptology and Superheroes Collide
2:30 PM14:30

EDINBURGH Dan Potter: Pow! Thwack! Khufu! When Egyptology and Superheroes Collide

Ancient Egypt is a constant inspiration for artists, filmmakers and storytellers. Academic recognition of Egyptian themes in film is well established; however, the exploration of these same themes in other media is not as fully developed. Comic books are one of the most diverse and inventive media in circulation today and they too have taken to the motifs of hieroglyphs, animal headed deities and mythology with aplomb. So what do Batman, the Fantastic Four and  Superman have to say about ancient Egypt? And what can that tell us about how ancient Egypt is perceived? 

Dr Daniel Potter is the Assistant Curator on the Revealing Cultures project at the National Museum of Scotland.  His PhD research focused on the Ramesside language used to describe divine interaction, and his other research interests include early Egyptology, John Garstang’s production of archaeological facsimiles and the representation of Ancient Egypt in comics. He has previously worked at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology, Liverpool, and has experience of teaching Ancient Egyptian history, religion and language, the history of archaeology and Roman material culture. He joined National Museums Scotland in September 2016.

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GLASGOW John J Johnston: Lost in Time and Space - Unrolling Egypt's Ancient Dead
1:45 PM13:45

GLASGOW John J Johnston: Lost in Time and Space - Unrolling Egypt's Ancient Dead

  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (map)
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A frequent souvenir of wealthy travellers, the mummified cadavers of ancient Egyptians were not confined merely to museums but became an increasingly popular feature of salons and lecture theatres throughout the Western world during the mid-nineteenth century. The practice of publicly ‘unrolling’ mummies has been viewed as both a ghoulish spectacle for affluent sensation seekers and as an early scientific approach to the emerging discipline of Egyptology. This lecture attempts to address this dichotomy by placing the practice within its social, cultural, and historical contexts.

John J Johnston is a freelance Egyptologist. A former Vice Chair of the Egypt Exploration Society (2010-15), he has lectured extensively throughout the UK on a diverse range of topics from gender and sexuality in the ancient world to the reception of ancient Egypt in modern popular culture. He has contributed to a wide variety of scholarly and general publications, and his introductory essay to the anthology Unearthed (Jurassic London, 2013) on the mummy as literary and cultural icon, was shortlisted for a prestigious British Science Fiction Association Award in 2014.

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11:00 AM11:00

GLASGOW Ian Mathieson Memorial Lecture & Egyptology Scotland 15th Anniversary: Alan Jeffreys, Angela McDonald, Bill Manley, Campbell Price

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This is a day event starting at 11am and ending at 4pm.

Mr Alan Jeffreys: '"I Will Add to Thy Days Fifteen Years": A Review of Egyptology Scotland'

Dr Angela McDonald: 'Emotion in Ancient Egypt & the Ancient Near East'

Lunch break (12.45-13.45)

Dr Bill Manley: 'Revisiting Ankhtyfy'

Dr Campbell Price: 'Senenmut redivivius: Monuments, memory and mutilation'

Entry £10 full day, £5 for morning or afternoon only.


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12:45 PM12:45

GLASGOW David Rohl: Exodus - Myth or History?

  • Rm 301, McCance Building, Strathclyde University (map)
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This is a double lecture.  Please note the earlier starting time.

David Rohl’s career as a historian has been largely spent in examining the chronology of the ancient world, including its impact upon the historicity of the Bible and the identification of the pharaohs of the Famine and Exodus. Author of A Test of Time, Legend: The Genesis of Civilisation, From Eden to Exile and The Lords of Avaris, David's lecture will cover the themes of his latest book Exodus – Myth or History?

David presents the latest findings from Avaris, which appear to indicate that the Exodus tradition was based on real events from the Middle Bronze IIA period in Egypt, when a Western Asiatic population settled in the Eastern Nile Delta, at the invitation of the state, during the late 12th Dynasty. These highly Egyptianised Semites then abandoned the city at the end of the 13th Dynasty, prior to the arrival of the Hyksos at the transition to the Middle Bronze IIB.

David then discusses past research on, and possible mechanisms for, the Yam Suph (‘Reed Sea’) crossing, before journeying through Sinai and on into the ‘Promised Land’ to explore a Middle Bronze IIB conquest of Canaan, starting with the destruction of Jericho.

There will be a book-sale and signing of David’s latest book.

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