The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt – og sommerfest

Mødedato: Tirsdag d. 23. maj Kl. 18

Lokale: Aud. 9A.3.01 NB: der har vi ikke været før. Indgang fra Karen Blixens Plads 16. Se kort i nyhedsmailen.

The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt, v. Professor Aidan Dodson, University of Bristol

For a few decades during the 8th to 7th centuries BC, there was a remarkable reversal of the age-old imperial domination of Nubia by Egypt. In the wake of the fragmentation of the Egyptian state during the 8th century, the Kushite state that had evolved in Nubia since Egyptian withdrawal at the beginning of the 11th century expanded northwards, ultimately absorbing the south of Egypt, including Thebes itself. Having established themselves as overlords of the various regional rulers in Egypt, the Nubian pharaohs led a national revival in Egypt, until an Assyrian onslaught drove them back into Nubia, where their composite of Egyptian and Nubian culture would survive into the 4th century AD.

Aidan Dodson has taught Egyptology at the University of Bristol, UK, since 1996, and has been honorary full Professor of Egyptology since 2018. A graduate of Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a former Chairman of the Egypt Exploration Society. The author of some 25 books and over 400 articles and reviews, The Nubian Pharaohs of Egypt: their lives and afterlives is due to be published by the American University in Cairo Press at the end of 2023.

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Lørdagsseminar om Amarna

Mødedato: lørdag d. 25. marts 2023 kl. 11-16

Lokale: KUA – 23.0.49

Kl. 11 – Gravpladserne i Akhetaten, v. Ph.d. Sofie Schiodt, Postdoc Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen

Siden 2006 har et internationalt hold af forskere foretaget udgravninger af en række gravpladser i Amarna (oldtidens Akhetaten). Denne by blev grundlagt af farao Akhenaten, som kun regerede i 17 år, hvorefter byen blev forladt, og den giver dermed et enestående øjebliksbillede af Ægypten i det 14. århundrede f.v.t. I december 2022 færdiggjorde vi den sidste udgravningssæson ved gravpladserne, og mens der stadig ligger meget databehandlingsarbejde forude, har udgravningerne allerede givet os et fascinerende indblik i, hvordan livet så ud for den almene ægypter under Akhenaten. I dette foredrag vil jeg fortælle om de opdagelser, vi har gjort i løbet af det årelange arbejde, og hvilken ny viden det bidrager med.

Kl. 12.15 – Frokost (medbring selv mad og drikke)

Kl. 13 -The Great Aten Temple at Amarna: 2012-2022, v. Barry Kemp – zoom i lokalet

The Great Aten Temple at Amarna: 2012-2022, v. Barry Kemp, Director of the Amarna Project, Senior Research Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and Professor Emeritus at Cambridge University

The Amarna Project commenced its work at the site of the Great Aten Temple in 2012 and has continued until now. The temple comprises a space measuring 750 x 270 m, surrounded by a thick mud-brick wall. Inside are the remains of two stone temples: the Long Temple towards the front (in the past identified with the building with the ancient name Gempa-aten) and the Sanctuary towards the back. This leaves the greater part of the space within the enclosure unaccounted for.

Most of the expedition’s work so far has been concentrated on the Long Temple and the ground in front. It had previously been excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society in 1932 (the director being John Pendlebury). In further pursuit of an answer, in 2021 and 2022 a new excavation was begun at the very back of the temple enclosure (carried out by Fabien Balestra, a member of the expedition). It began with a re-examination of a wide gateway flanked by buttresses attached to the enclosure wall, first identified in 1932. Beyond it and within the temple enclosure, two adjacent areas have been excavated.

The programme of the expedition includes the rebuilding of the outlines of the temple in new stone blocks once an area has been cleaned and recorded by drawing and photography. The costs of the stone blocks (purchased from a fine limestone quarry at El-Tura) are partly borne by public subscription.

For details of how to become engaged see:

Reports on the work at the temple can be found (freely available) at:

The Amarna Project’s free newsletter, Horizon, can be found at:

The digital reconstructions of the temple which appear in the lecture are the work of Paul Docherty.

Kl. 14.15 – Pause

Kl. 14.45 – Colours for the Aten: The Manufacture of Glass and Faience in the workshops of Amarna, v. Anna K. Hodgkinson

When the new capital city of Akhetaten was established, workshops and craftspeople were required to furnish and embellish the palaces, temples and the villas of the elite. Colourful inlays from faience, glass and stone were produced, and these would adorn architecture, wooden furniture and burial equipment, creating beautiful marshland scenes and images of royal power.
Jewellery, and cosmetic vessels from faience and glass, were popular throughout the population and produced in great numbers. Focussing on the results of recent fieldwork at Amarna site M50.14-16 and glass-working experiments, this lecture will discuss both how glass- and faience objects were made, and what role a domestic workshop had in the city of Amarna.

The Obelisks of the Caesars: Egyptomania in Ancient Rome v. Luigi Prada efterfulgt af auktion over Lises bøger og effekter

Mødedato: Tirsdag d. 18/4 2023 kl 18.00
Lokale: KUA2 10.3.28 (frokoststuen på TORS)

Først foredrag efterfulgt af auktion over Lises bøger og effekter

The Obelisks of the Caesars: Egyptomania in Ancient Rome v. Luigi Prada, Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Uppsala Universitet

Today, there are more obelisks standing in Rome than there are in any other city, including Egypt—with more to be found in other locations around Italy and what used to be the Roman Empire.

Starting with Augustus and for centuries since, the Romans removed from Egypt tens of obelisks to display them in their cities as monuments to their power. But the Roman interest in Egypt’s obelisks was not limited to their re-use as political propaganda. In several cases, the Romans themselves commissioned new obelisks, having them carved with unique and peculiar inscriptions.

Far from being spoils of war, such obelisks stand as ancient monuments of cultural appropriation, through which Rome’s emperors and notables claimed for themselves Egypt’s linguistic, religious, and artistic traditions.
This talk will present the story of Rome’s fascination with ancient Egypt and its obelisks, focusing on a number of particularly significant case studies. By integrating the study of their social and cultural context with newly prepared textual and epigraphic analyses of their inscriptions, it will show how Egyptian obelisks—commissioned by both emperors and private citizens—not only fitted in the Empire’s political agenda, but also constituted part of the cultural life of its elites.

Tutankhamons grav. Arkæologi og politik

Mødedato: Torsdag d. 27. april
kl. 17.20

Antikmuseet på Aarhus Universitet,
Victor Albecksvej, Århus C, bygning 1414

Tutankhamons grav. Arkæologi og politik, v. Lektor Emeritus Paul John Frandsen

Fundet af Tutankhamons grav for 100 år siden var et højdepunkt udforskningen af den faraoniske kultur. Men det blev også et afgørende vendepunkt i vilkårene for al fremtidig arkæologisk virke i Ægypten, og vigtigst af alt blev det begyndelsen til nedsmeltningen af det britiske verdensherredømme.

Kharga routes

Mødedato: Onsdag d. 3/5 2023 kl 19.00
Lokale: KUA 22.0.11

Kharga routes, v. Professor Salima Ikram, American University in Cairo

Since 2001, the North Kharga Oasis Survey (NKOS) has been systematically exploring the northern portion of the Kharga Oasis in Egypt’s Western Desert. NKOS has worked on identifying and locating new archaeological sites, assessing the extent of the visible sites, as well as recording evidence for desert travel along the paths connection the various sites.

By combining all this information, it clearly appears that Kharga was an important desert crossroad where the north-south caravan route (known as the Darb el-Arbain) met an east-west route, that connected to the neighbouring Dakhla Oasis, and ultimately to the Gifl el-Kebir area, as well as to Lower Egypt via the other Western Desert oases. Then importance of this east-west axis has hitherto been underestimated.

Generalforsamling og astrologiske manualer fra tempelbiblioteket i Tebtunis

Loftdekoration fra Senmuts grav (Neugebauer og Parker 1969, Egyptian Astronomical Texts III, pl. 1)

Mødedato: tirsdag d. 18.01 2022 kl. 18.00 – Lokale 22.0.11

Først generalforsamling fulgt af foredrag ca. kl. 19.

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Astrologiske manualer fra tempelbiblioteket i Tebtunis, v. Ida Adsbøl Christensen, PhD Student at ISAW, New York University

Astrologi og andre former for varselstagning var særdeles populært i det græsk-romerske Ægypten, hvor det lader til at have spillet en vigtig rolle i mange ægyptiske templer. Et stort antal astrologiske papyri skrevet på græsk og demotisk har overlevet frem til i dag, men kun en brøkdel af især det ægyptiske materiale er endnu blevet studeret.

Tempelbiblioteket i Tebtunis indeholder mere end 50 manualer i astrologisk praksis, dvs. teoretiske tekster, der angiver og forklarer, hvordan forskellige himmellegemers positioner bør fortolkes. Disse manuskripter repræsenterer den suverænt største gruppe af videnskabelig litteratur i tempelbiblioteket. I nutiden bliver astrologi som oftest anset for at være pseudovidenskab, men denne praksis udgjorde en yderst central form for videnskab blandt mange oldtidskulturer i Mellemøsten og Middelhavsområdet.

De astrologiske manualer fra Tebtunis er endnu upublicerede, men igangværende studier af materialet har vist, at håndbøgerne bl.a. indeholder instruktioner til udarbejdelsen af horoskoper og detaljerede beskrivelser af astrologiske fænomener og deres betydninger for menneskelige skæbner. Dette foredrag giver et overblik over disse emner med udgangspunkt i en gruppe astrologiske manualer fra Tebtunis, der hver især giver forskellige indblik i, hvordan oldtidens ægyptere forsøgte at tilegne sig viden om, hvad fremtiden ville bringe.

Lockande långt borta – Oasen Siwa genom historien


Mødedato: Torsdag 3.3 2022 kl. 19.00

Lokale: KUA – 23.0.49

og på zoom. Link findes i nyhedsmailen.

Lockande långt borta – Oasen Siwa genom historien, v. Sofia Häggman, Museumsinspektør, Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm

Sofia er desværre forhindret i at komme til København, men Tine vil sætte storskærm op på KUA, så I kan se foredraget sammen. Men I kan altså også se det hjemmefra via zoom-linket i nyhedsmailen.

I dag är Siwa en ganska isolerad och bortglömd oas, långt ute i Egyptens västra öken. Men under antiken var oasen känd i hela den grekiska Medelhavsvärlden. Den var säte för guden Zeus-Ammons orakel och lockade besökare från när och fjärran. Alexander den store själv besökte orakeltemplen i Siwa, när han erövrade Egypten. Men vad hände sedan? Och vad händer i Siwa idag?

Sofia Häggman har sedan 1995 periodvis bott i Siwa, där hon arbetat med både dadelodling och museiprojekt. Hon kommer i sitt föredrag att berätta om Siwa under antiken, men även också i senare tidsperioder

Champollion og 1500 års hieroglyfstudier


Mødedato: Torsdag 31.3 2022 kl. 19.00

Lokale: KUA – 23.0.49

Champollion og 1500 års hieroglyfstudier, v. Lektor Emeritus Paul John Frandsen

For præcis 200 år siden blev hieroglyfskriften endelig dechifreret. Forud for denne bedrift var der gået 1500 år med undertiden intense forsøg på at forstå ægypternes skrift. Foredraget handler om hvorfor man i Antikken, Renæssancen og Oplysningstidens i det hele taget interesserede sig for denne skrift og hvordan man greb studierne af den an. Og så handler det naturligvis også om fundet af Rosettestenen, der blev nøglen til dechifreringen, som Champollion med rette fik æren af.

Til foredraget vil der være mulighed for at drikke et glas vin.

Lørdagsseminar om Post-Amarna-grave

Mødedato: Lørdag 30.4 2022 kl. 11-16

Lokale: KUA – 23.0.49



Kl. 11 – Lise Manniche, mag art., PhD
Variationer over et tema. Musikalske billeder i og efter Amarnatiden

I Amarna-tidens billedkunst møder vi både tradition, nyfortolkning og radikale ændringer. Blandt mange, markante eksempler præsenteres her et enkelt: musikken som den afspejles i kunsten i de 17 turbulente år af Akhenatens regering.

I hvilket omfang overlevede kongens straksløsninger under hans umiddelbare efterfølgere i gravene i Theben og Memphis? I relief og maleri lå der et stort ansvar hos omridstegneren, som gengav det, han anså som korrekt her og nu i forhold til opgaven, men vi kan ikke forvente, at han også havde kendskab til alle detaljer i instrumenter og opførelsespraksis.

Kl. 12.15 – Frokost (medbring selv mad og drikke)



Kl. 13 – Gabriele Pieke, Curator, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim
Finding a New Balance. Non-Royal Tombs of the Post Amarna Period in Western Thebes

The paper gives an overview on the development of non-royal funerary monuments at Thebes from the reign of Tutankhamun to Horemheb in terms of social stratum of owners, the location of the monuments in the necropolis, and the architecture of the cult chapels. The changes in tomb decoration will be illustrated by some selected chapels, which were built shortly after the Amarna period such as Parennefer/ Wennenfer, Amenhotep Huy, or Neferhotep.

These tombs exhibit iconographic programs, which rely on traditional images on the one hand but also integrate new concepts and even Amarna motifs. The concept and composition of some of these chapels appear to be strongly influenced by the Amarna period, while at the same time explicit image quotations link the tombs to their pre-Amarna neighbours at Thebes. The preserved funerary sculpture likewise attests traditional Theban forms but also certain shifts.

Kl. 14.15 – Pause



Kl. 14.45 – Nico Staring, F.R.S.-FNRS / Université de Liège
Saqqara during the post-Amarna period

The Amarna period presents an exciting episode in pharaonic history. The period spans less than two decades yet witnessed major social and religious transformations. Akhenaten, ordered the construction of a rock-cut tomb east of his new city, and the highest palace officials and administrators (the ‘elite’) followed his example. In so doing, they left the necropolises associated with the traditional foremost cities of the kingdom, Thebes and Memphis.

Soon after king Akhenaten died, his city, Akhetaten, entered a process of abandonment. The elite moved north to Memphis and built their tombs on the desert plateau west of the old city. This lecture focuses on the Memphite necropolis of Saqqara during the post-Amarna period, and explores what effects the events of the Amarna and post-Amarna period had on the cemetery’s development and tomb art.


Archive or not? Amarna letters in Egyptian perspective

Amarna – Central city plan

Mødedato: Onsdag 11.5 2022  kl. 19.00

Lokale: KUA – 23.0.49

Archive or not? Amarna letters in Egyptian perspective, v. Jana Mynářová, Associate Professor of Egyptology, Charles University, Prague

Because of the richness of details and the very nature of the individual texts, the Amarna letters traditionally occupy a very prominent position in the discussion of relations between Egypt and its partners in the ancient Near East, especially in the second half of the second millennium BCE.

At the same time, however, these texts, written in cuneiform on clay tablets, form an integral part of the rich body of Egyptian material culture from Tell el-Amarna (ancient Akhetaten).

The aim of this lecture is to present the historical and social context in which cuneiform and Egyptian cultures interacted on Egyptian soil and what their immediate cultural and political relationship was. Based on the analysis of archaeological and written sources, the background of this largely hybrid tradition will be reconstructed.

Lørdagsseminar om Bes

Bes. Glyptoteket ÆIN 220 (foto: Anders Sune Berg)

Mødedato: Lørdag d. 25/9 2021 kl. 11-16
Lokale: KUA1 22.0.11

11.00 – Foredrag 1, v. Lise Manniche, mag art., PhD
12.15 – Frokost (medbring selv mad og drikke)
13.00 – Foredrag 2 v. Olaf Kaper, Professor of Egyptology, Leiden University
14.15 – Pause
14.45 – Foredrag 3, v. Christian E. Loeben, August Kestner Museum Hannover

I forbindelse med BES-udstillingen på Glyptoteket (30/4-31/10 2021) vil lørdagsseminaret handle om Bes. Udstillingen er blevet til i samarbejde med Allard Pierson Museet i Amsterdam og August Kestner Museet i Hannover.

I Amsterdam var Olaf Kaper gæstekurator for udstillingen, og i Hannover, hvor udstillingen rejser til efter København, er Christian E. Loeben kurator. Det er således disse to, der sammen med Lise vil fortælle den lille, grimme, kære dæmongud Bes.

Lyden af Bes v., PhD. Lise Manniche

I de senere år er der kommet fokus på “lyde” i det gamle Ægypten, ikke bare klangen af musikinstrumenter, men lyd generelt. Dette særlige fagområde kaldes nu for “arkæoakustik” eller “soundscapes” (modsat “landscapes”). Efter at have beskæftiget mig med Bes’ udseende, hans betydning for fertilitet og fødsler, og i et vist omfang med hans musikinstrumenter er det derfor nærliggende at præsentere “Lyden af Bes” i en lidt bredere sammenhæng og med særlig fokus på hans stemme, og hvordan han brugte den.

The small gods of Ancient Egypt: examining Bes and Tutu v. Olaf Kaper, Professor of Egyptology, Leiden University

The gods of the ancient Egyptians were very many indeed, and the gods were grouped together in many different ways. Bes belongs to a class of gods that we may call “small gods”, with the use of an ancient Egyptian term. This lecture will discuss the place of Bes in the pantheon and compare him to the god Tutu, with whom Bes is sometimes depicted together.

By looking at the role of the small gods, we can understand better how the Egyptians saw their world and how they dealt with the overwhelming amount of divine beings that could help or threaten them.

Bes and Thoeris, two “small gods” in Ancient Egypt: same competence – different careers v. Christian Loeben, Museum August Kestner, Hannover

It is a remarkable phenomenon: The goddess Thoeris, Egyptian Ta-Weret (“The-Great-One”), has enjoyed adoration for the longest time in Egyptian history. However, Bes who really became Bes only as late as in Dynasty 26 (c. 600 B.C.E.) would very quickly supersede the venerable goddess as the most popular deity in the realm of Egyptian private life.

The lecture will analyse the mechanisms behind it and will finally show that the career of Bes in the later phases of Egyptian religion was not only an extraordinary one but was also exceedingly diverse.

Professional weavers and their looms in Roman Egypt

Romersk tunika

Mødedato: Torsdag d. 14/10 2021, kl. 19.00
Lokale: KUA1 22.0.11

Professional weavers and their looms in Roman Egypt, v. Maria Mossakowska-Gaubert, Post-Doc. Research Fellow, Centre for Textile Research (CTR), Københavns Universitet

In addition to agriculture, textile production was one of the most important branches of the Egyptian economy from the Pharaonic era to the medieval Arab period. The question of the different types of looms and the specialised weavers is one of the most crucial issues for understanding the evolution of textile production and its technological development in the Nile Valley.

This presentation is an attempt to re-interpret some of the evidence, mainly papyrological and iconographic, which could add new data to the study of professional weavers and their looms in Egypt in the Roman period.

This research is conducted in the framework of the group ‘Egyptian weaving Tools and Looms’ of twelve experts coming from various horizons: archaeology, experimental archaeology, textile analysis, ethnographic research and Greek papyrology The goal of the project is to write a collective article on tools and looms in Egypt from the Ptolemaic to the early Arab period.

The group has been created in 2020 to continue our collective research started in 2017 with the workshop Egyptian Textiles and their Production: ‘Word’ and ‘Object’ (for the publication, see:, organised as part of the MONTEX project under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no MSCA 701479, hosted by Saxo-Institute: CTR.

Lokaleændring!!! I Nordens fodspor


Mødedato: Tirsdag d. 7/12 2021 Kl. 18.00
Lokale ændret til: KUA1 4A.0.69

I Nordens fodspor, v. Lektor Emeritus Paul John Frandsen

To kæmpestore fransksprogede bind med ca. 160 kobberstik blev det synlige resultat af Frederik Ludvig Nordens deltagelse i en dansk ekspeditions rejse op og ned ad Nilen i 1737.

Den første danske udgave kom så sent som for 10 år siden. Foredraget vil følge Nordens rejse til 2. katarakt med udgangspunkt i en PowerPoint-præsentation af hans aldrig publicerede rentegninger, der i dag befinder sig på Det kongelige Bibliotek.

JULEFEST efter foredraget. Vi følges til frokoststuen i TORS.

Bogauktion og Ingeniøren og de ægyptiske mumier

Mødedato: Torsdag d. 4/11 2021 kl 18.00
Lokale: KUA2 10.3.28 (frokoststuen på TORS)

Først bogauktion (bogliste kommer senere)


Ingeniøren og de ægyptiske mumier: En kioskbasker fra 1910’erne, v. Thomas Christiansen, PhD i ægyptologi

En barok historie, der omhandler antikvitetshandel, en anløben ingeniør og tre ægyptiske mumier og deres kister, udfoldede sig i København i starten 1910’erne. Den vakte stor opsigt i samtiden og blev rapporteret i en lang række dagblade, men er sidenhen hensunket i glemsel.

Historien fortjener at blive genfortalt nøje, da den udover sin iboende underholdningsværdi indeholder vigtige og hidtil ukendte informationer om betydningsfulde ægyptiske antikviteter, der i dag er udstillet på henholdsvis Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek og Antikmuseet i Aarhus.


I Nordens fodspor


Mødedato: AFLYST – vis ses til efteråret. Foredraget bliver holdt til jul
Lokale: KUA1 23.0.49

I Nordens fodspor, v. Lektor Emeritus Paul John Frandsen

To kæmpestore fransksprogede bind med ca. 160 kobberstik blev det synlige resultat af Frederik Ludvig Nordens deltagelse i en dansk ekspeditions rejse op og ned ad Nilen i 1737.

Den første danske udgave kom så sent som for 10 år siden. Foredraget vil følge Nordens rejse til 2. katarakt med udgangspunkt i en PowerPoint-præsentation af hans aldrig publicerede rentegninger, der i dag befinder sig på Det kongelige Bibliotek.

Vi håber på at kunne holde DÆS-sommerfest tirsdag d. 8/6 2021 efter Pauls foredrag, og vi sender besked på nyhedsmailen om dette, så snart vi ved mere.