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Saturday 18 November 2023 1400 UK Time:

Peter J Brand: 'Abu Simbel: Anatomy of a Temple, Epitome of a Reign.'  


The temples of Abu Simbel serve as a shrine to all aspects of Ramesses II's reign and his legacy down to the UNESCO salvage operation of the 1960s. This talk provides a virtual tour of the most significant architectural, decorative, and textual elements of the temple from the giant statues on its façade, to depictions of Ramesses II’s wars, including the Battle of Kadesh, and his marriage to a Hittite Princess. Imagery reveals how the king showcased his large family, revealing the pecking order among his many wives and children. The divine Ramesses portrayed himself among the paramount gods worshiped in the great temple in the company of the imperial solar deities Amun-Re & Re-Horakhty, and he consecrated the smaller temple of Abu Simbel to the worship of his favoured consort Queen Nefertari as an avatar of Hathor. Since its rediscovery in 1813, Abu Simbel has captured the imagination of a world-wide public fascinated by its grandeur and that of its builder Ramesses II, a.k.a. “the Great.”   

Peter J Brand
is a Canadian Egyptologist who gained his PhD at the University of Toronto. His dissertation on the monuments of Seti I is considered to be the most comprehensive work on that reign to date. He is currently Professor of Egyptology in the Department of History at the University of Memphis and he is Director of the Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project. His primary area of interest is the Ramesside era and his latest book is ‘Ramesses II: Egypt’s Ultimate Pharaoh’ (Lockwood 2023.) 



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