The Accessibility of the Egyptian Ritual

The Accessibility of the Egyptian Ritual

5:00pm - 6:30pm / Thursday 16th November 2017
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Egyptology Seminar Series
  • Admission: Free
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We are glad to invite you to a lecture by Prof. Christopher Eyre (Professor of Egyptology, ACE-UoL) for the Liverpool Egyptology Seminar (LES) 2017-2018.

The impression given by the great temples of New Kingdom and Graeco-Roman Egypt is one of an official religion, in which the king (or priest as his representative) performed personal cult-service for his fathers, the gods: the cult was private, and did not involve congregational service.

At the same time, the modern scholarly tradition has treated the allusive and often self-contradictory mythology of the temple cult as source material to create a theology, and so claim to list the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians.

Yet outside the ideological context of royal ritual, the interest lies not in trying to envisage theological beliefs, but what the ordinary Egyptian believed but what he did in the practice of his religion, in a world where his personal involvement in rituals marked his socialisation in both the visible and the invisible world.

About the LES:
The Liverpool Egyptology Seminar is a lecture series featuring scholarly guest speakers presenting their current research in the field of Egyptology, in keeping with the expertise and interests of the UoL Egyptology Research Group.