When: October 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: CAHA Museum (Arts 305), Birmingham B15 2TT, UK

This session will be led by Guy Kirkham-Smith who is in the final year of his doctoral research in the field of Assyriology, and who will give some indication of the ‘outsiders’ view of Egypt in[...]

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Birmingham Egyptology

Forum: External perspectives of ancient Egypt

When:
October 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2017-10-20T17:00:00+01:00
2017-10-20T19:00:00+01:00
Where:
CAHA Museum (Arts 305)
Birmingham B15 2TT
UK

This session will be led by Guy Kirkham-Smith who is in the final year of his doctoral research in the field of Assyriology, and who will give some indication of the ‘outsiders’ view of Egypt in an ancient context.

 

The session will primarily focus on the extent to which our image of Egypt is influenced by other disciplines, though the following issues will also be considered:
-How far can we establish ‘facts’ by consulting foreign accounts?
-How has the Classical lens affected Egyptology? Linguistically, Greek and Latin underpin much of the terminology, but is terminology from a different discipline different or limiting in any way?
-Do different routes into the subject train students in different practical or theoretical approaches? Does studying different disciplines help our understanding of the topic?
-Problems of a Biblical Proportion: How much is Egyptology merely used by other subjects to “prove” their own claims – with little regard for historical, archaeological, or logical accuracy – or indeed merely as a backdrop?

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