The Great Ramesside Monuments at Abydos

Lecture by Dr. Ogden Goelet, Jr. and Sameh Iskander, Visiting Scholar and member of ARCE’s Presidential Advisory Council, and co-directors of The New York University Epigraphic Expedition to the Temple of Ramesses II in Abydos.

  • 6:30 PMNew York
  • The National Arts ClubNew York City
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This joint lecture considers the Ramesside impact on Abydos and Egyptian religion. Abydos, 300 miles south of Cairo, is one of the most intriguing sites spanning Egypt’s narrative from the Prehistoric to the Coptic periods, and was the cult center and burial place of Osiris, god of the dead who offered hope of eternal life to the deceased.

Doctors Goelet and Iskander will discuss monuments constructed during the Ramesside period (1293 – 1070 BCE) and compare the Abydos temple of Ramesses with his father Seti I’s larger one. These pharaohs revitalized Egypt’s traditions in the aftermath of the tumultuous Amarna episode. The recent discovery of a temple palace type in Abydos will also be presented.