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Lecture-Change: The Decline of the Old Kingdom, Dynasties 5 and 6

The Decline of the Old Kingdom, Dynasties 5 and 6

Date: 7:30 – 9:00pm, 13-Apr-2012

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2

 

Description:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our next talk will be continuing our study of the Old Kingdom.  The waning years of the Old Kingdom are one that many researchers have investigated and speculated about as they try to answer the question of why the palatial economy & hierarchical society of Old Kingdom Egypt, which was string enough to build the pyramid complexes and send trade missions to Asia, decline?  The implications of the power vacuum and the rise of the nomarchs in the First Intermediate Period had a profound impact on Egyptian civlization.

About the speaker:

Julius Szekrenyes is our Calgary SSEA predident and was also president  from our formation up to 1989.  He has had a life-long interest in Ancient Egypt and has taught Ancient Egyptian history at U. of C. Continuing Education for 15 years.

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

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Lecture: Botanical Drug Use (and Abuse) of the Ancient Egyptians

Botanical Drug Use (and Abuse) of the Ancient Egyptians

Date: 7:30 – 9:00pm, 13-Apr-2012

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2

Description:

Certain plants and trees were considered sacred in Egyptian religion and myth. Yet, uncertainty surrounds the actual identity of some specimens, both by the Ancient Egyptians themselves and by modern researchers.  For example, is the Book of the Dead’s most secret Ished tree: balanites or persea? Heavy consumption of desirable botanicals no doubt played a role in the use and abuse of Egyptian plants. With emphasis on the more sinister or nefarious botany which affected insect, fish, ungulates and people alike, this talk will look at the surreal plant reliefs of Thutmose III’s ‘Botanical Garden’ in Karnak Temple.  As well, the likely plants Helen of Troy would have obtained from Egypt will be speculated upon. Further speculation of Egypt’s role in the extinction of sylphium, and the fashion of poisonous figs in the reign of Cleopatra will be entertained.

About the speaker:

Following 2 years part-time study at the Wellcome Institute in the History of Medicine, and a B.Sc. in Archaeological Sciences, Roz Park has maintained an avid interest in Ancient Egyptian medicine. For a while, she was working on a combined UK/Israel M.Sc. project on the ‘Balm of Gilead’ – the famous all-heal medicine and perfume of the Bible, before unfortunate events switched her studies to Egyptian astronomy. This culminated in her definitive dating of the Dendara Zodiac in her M.A. dissertation (2004).

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

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Lecture: Highlights of the Early Old Kingdom

Highlights of the Early Old Kingdom

Date: 7:30 – 9:00pm, 02-Mar-2012

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2


Description:

Finishing with our surveys of the overall history of the Old Kingdom, this lecture will  cover the main accomplishments of the Early Old Kingdom when the  most complex and then the very largest  pyramids were built.  We will be looking at how the ancient Egyptians were able to construct these massive monumental buildings, but also how the development of these burial places developed through time.

About the speaker:

Julius Szekrenyes is our Calgary SSEA predident and was also president  from our formation up to 1989.  He has had a life-long interest in Ancient Egypt and has taught Ancient Egyptian history at U. of C. Continuing Education for 15 years.  In a previous life, he was a pathologist.

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

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Movie: A Film about the Old Kingdom – Part 2, 03-Feb-2012

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, 02-Dec-2011

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2

Description:

Continuing our journey into the Old Kingdom, we will watch a movie about that time period.  This movie will complement our last meeting nicely as we explore aspects of the Old Kingdom’s formative role in ancient Egyptian culture.  We hope to see you there and hope that 2012 has been good to you so far.

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

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Movie: A Film about the Old Kingdom, 02-Dec-2011

Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, 02-Dec-2011

Cost: Meetings are Free to members, Guests $5 – Students with ID $2

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Description:

For our attendees, we present a movie about a formative time in ancient Egypt, the Old Kingdom (2686 – 2181 BCE).  The film will explore the aspects of the Old Kingdom’s hallmark administration and architectural feats.  This film will give you a good idea on how the Old Kingdom fits in with Egyptian history and why this period is seen by many to be the hallmark of ancient Egypt’s grandeur.  We hope to see you there!

Location:

Room EDC 287 in the Education Block at the University of Calgary.

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