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Monday, September 26, 2022

Ancient Art Council - Lecture - Saturday - 15 October - 2:00 pm (PDT-Canada and USA) - Dr. Joshua Roberson

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs

@ de Young Museum



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 In person and live stream

Saturday, 15 October, 2:00 PM (PDT)
Koret Auditorium | de Young Museum | Golden Gate Park
Live stream (please click here)

Associate Professor
Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology
University of Memphis

"No One Should Brave the Underworld Alone":
Traversing Eternity in the Age of Ramses the Great

Ramses II reigned during one of the most fascinating periods of political and military history
the ancient world. However, less well known are the tremendous changes
that occurred in the
realm of Egyptian religious thought during the Ramesside Age.
In this lecture, we will
explore labyrinthine maps of the Egyptian cosmos and their bewildering
menageries of gods
and demons, the damned and the blessed dead, as found in the royal tombs
and temples of
Egypt's Nineteenth Dynasty. We will seek to uncover the meaning
behind these mysterious
works of ancient cosmology, as we explore the dread paths
of the Underworld, which Ramses the Great hoped to travel for eternity.

This program is supported by Elizabeth Moyer, PhD, and Michael Powanda, PhD; 

Bernard and Jane von Bothmer, in honor of the late Bernard V. Bothmer;

and Sheila Wishek.


Lecture is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited and unassigned.

The Koret Auditorium will open its doors at 1:30 pm.


Fall 2022Winter 2023 Programs

In person or live stream

Koret Auditorium | de Young Museum:

Saturday, 15 October, 2:00 pm (PDT): Joshua Roberson, University of Memphis

Saturday, 5 November, 2:00 pm (PDT): Jonathan Elias, Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium

Gunn Theater | Legion of Honor:

Saturday, 3 December, 2:00 pm (PST): Carey Perloff will return with a rehearsed reading of Euripides' Helen

Koret Auditorium | de Young Museum

Saturday, 21 January 2023, 2:00 pm (PST): Rita Freed, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Saturday, 28 January 2023, 2:00 pm (PST): David Silverman, University of Pennsylvania

Saturday, 4 February 20232:00 pm (PST): Rita Lucarelli, University of California, Berkeley



Exhibition at the de Young Museum

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs

20 August 2022–12 February 2023

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