|The Northern California Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt; the Department of Near Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley; and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley, are sponsoring the following lecture: |
Egypt, Ugarit, the God Ba'al
And the Puzzle of a Royal Rebuff
By Dr. Ellen Morris
Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient Studies
Barnard College, Columbia University
WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, February 12, 2017
WHERE: 20 Barrows Hall, Barrow Lane and Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley
There is no admission, but donations are welcomed.
A stele of Baal with Thunderbolt found in the ruins of Ugarit. This is NOT the Ba'al artifact referenced in this lecture.
ABOUT THE LECTURE:A letter found in an archive at Ugarit indicates the rather surprising fact that the statue of Ba'al in one of Ugarit's main temples had been a gift from the pharaoh Merneptah. Moreover, the letter reveals that the king of Ugarit wished the pharaoh to commission another statue, this time of himself, that could also be erected in the Ba'al temple. To this request, Merneptah replied evasively, preferring to tell a fib rather than to acquiesce to his correspondent's request. This lecture examines different aspects of statues that may have been taken into account in such negotiations. It is argued that Ugarit was considering shifting its primary loyalty from Hatti to Egypt in the reign of Merneptah and that the provision of statues played an important part in these negotiations.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Morris's ongoing research interests and other publications focus on topics such as the dynamics of political fragmentation, state formation, sexuality and sacred performance, international relations and diplomacy, retainer sacrifice, and divine kingship. She has excavated in the Nile Valley at Abydos and Mendes, and at the site of Amheida in the Dakhleh Oasis. Morris did her graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her B.A. from Barnard College in Ancient Studies. Classes that she teaches at Columbia University include The Archaeology of Egypt and Nubia, Egypt in the Classical World, and Identity and Society in Ancient Egypt.
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