Chicago: Life, Death, and Lending in Ptolemaic Thebes: Ancient Egyptian Side Hustles

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Presented by: Dr. Brian Muhs; Associate Professor of Egyptology, University of Chicago, ISAC/NELC.

  • 5:00 PM CTChicago
  • Zoom/ In-PersonISAC, LaSalle Bank Room
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Lecture Information

Individuals in ancient Egypt frequently held titles identifying them with a particular position or occupation, but many also engaged in entrepreneurial side hustles. For example, Panas son of Espmetis was officially a mortuary priest in Ptolemaic Thebes, but he also made large numbers of money and grain loans. Such behavior was not unusual in both pharaonic and Ptolemaic Egypt.

Speaker Bio

Brian Muhs is Associate Professor of Egyptology at the Institute for the Study of Ancient Cultures and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His major research interests include ancient Egyptian law, economy, society, and intercultural interactions in the first millennium BCE.