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Friday, October 19, 2018

Reminder: Northern Cal. ARCE Lecture Sunday (10/21) by Alain Zivie: Ambassador of Ramses II

Please join us this Sunday for a presentation by the distinguished French Egyptologist, Alain-Pierre Zivie, renowned for his work at Saqqara, Memphis and elsewhere.


The American Research Center in Egypt, Northern California Chapter, and the Near Eastern Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley, invite you to attend a lecture by
Dr. Alain-Pierre Zivie, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris:

Ambassador of Ramses II Puts a New Face on Ancient Egyptian Diplomacy

Sunday, October 21, 3 pm
Room 20 Barrows Hall
UC Berkeley Campus

(Near the intersection
of Bancroft Way
and Barrow Lane)

Tomb of Netjerwymes/Parakhnawa
Hathor above Pharaoh
Photo MAFB © Hypogées

About the Lecture:

In 1996 the French Archaeological Mission of the Bubasteion (MAFB), under the direction of our speaker, discovered at Saqqara a rather unusual tomb (Bubasteion I.16), compared to others of the period located on the same site. It is partly rock-cut, partly built.

The tomb belonged to a prominent official at the time of Ramesses II who had been at one time in his career wpwty nsw, i.e. royal messenger (ambassador). The usual name of this man is Netjerouymes (Ntrwyms), but he is also frequently called in the inscriptions P3rhnw(3), Parekhnou(a), which is the Egyptian form of the name Pirikhnawa (or Parakhnawa) mentioned several times in the Hittite sources of Boghazkoy.

The importance of this tomb and its owner is confirmed by its monumental structure, but also by an outstanding feature : the presence of a carved figure (high relief) in the bottom of the chapel, representing the cow Hathor, goddess of the West, with a pharaoh (most probably Ramesses II) standing under its head. This feature makes of this tomb one of the most striking and exceptional monuments in Saqqara.

About the Speaker:

A former Scientific Member of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology in Cairo (IFAO) and Director of Research Emeritus at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, Dr. Alain-Pierre Zivie is the founding Director of the French Archaeological Mission of the Bubasteion at Saqqara (MAFB). He is also the founding President of the non-profit organization Hypogées ( <>), whose purpose is to support the work of the MAFB. He has been a Fellow of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 2001 and 2002, a William K. Simpson Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo (2008), and a visiting scholar and then Associate in Harvard's Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (2013–2016). Zivie is also, since 2001, vice-president of the French Society of Egyptology.

He is the author of numerous scientific publications, including Memphis and its necropolis in the New Kingdom: new data, new questions: proceedings of the international symposium CNRS, Paris, 9 to 11 October 1986 , ed. by Alain-Pierre Zivie, Paris, CNRS Publishing House , 1988; Discovery at Saqqara: the forgotten vizier , Paris, Éditions du Seuil, 1990; The found tombs of Saqqara , Monaco, Éditions du Rocher, 2003; The tomb of Maia, foster mother of King Tutankhamun and great of the harem (Bub I.20) , Toulouse, Caracara, 2009; and The tomb of Thoutmes, director of painters in the Place de Maat (Bub I.19) , Toulouse, Caracara, 2013.


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