essay provides a general introduction to demonology in antiquity as
well as a focus on ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. It is also meant as an
introduction to those papers which were originally presented at the
international conference titled “Evil Spirits, Monsters and Benevolent
Protectors: Demonology in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia,” held on April
23, 2012 at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World of New York
University, contained in the first section of this volume. Questions of
the definition and function of demons in ancient Egyptian and
Mesopotamian civilizations are...
Kingdom Theban Project. Documentation and publication of late Eleventh
Dynasty and Middle Kingdom tombs at Thebes.
The Middle Kingdom Theban Project will focus on the conservation,
reconstruction and management of the tombs of Henenu, Harhotep and Ipi
(TT 313, TT 314, TT 315): landscape, architecture, decoration, texts,
and findings from each tomb, etc. We will also focus on the role of the
tomb owners in the historical circumstances of Thebes at this time. The
project aims at the documentation, study and publication of the three
of the 2012 Scholars' Colloquium of The Society for the Study of
Egyptian Antiquities/Société pour l’Étude de l’Égypte Ancienne, held at
the Royal Ontario Museum, November 30 - December 2, 2012
to traditional interpretations about the end of the Old Kingdom, recent
archaeological research shows no trace of climatic or subsistence
crisis. Instead, Egypt appears more and more involved in international
exchange circuits where mobile populations and autonomous traders played
a considerable role. Technical innovations in weaponry, textile
production and pottery reveal intense contacts with Nubia and the Levant
and, in fact, Nubians and especially Asiatics became a far from
negligible part of Egyptian society. It appears then that the end of the
monarchy had finally more to do...
This thesis examines a little understood aspect of Dynastic Egypt—that
of the ideology of flint. Ideology is defined as the way flint is
thought of rather than used. This study is unique in examining long term
chronological changes in flint ideology against the background of
increased metal use, and in using together text, iconography, and
archaeology: studies of Egyptian ideology traditionally privilege text.
Metaphor theory is employed as an important tool to aid this study.
While metaphor is frequently used in Egyptological studies of Egyptian
religion, its use is rarely explicit....