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Feasts fit for Pharaohs: Food and Drink in Ancient Egypt
2x Sunday afternoons 15th and 29th October 2023
Times: 2-5 pm (UK Times) to join live.
We love to see you for the live lectures, but if you have to miss one, don't worry, you can of course catch up (or watch again) at your leisure via the recordings. You will have access to the recorded lectures for a whole month after the last live lecture. Recordings will be available until 4th December.
Food is crucial for human survival. However, it provides us with more than fuel for existence; it can be said to be a driving force in forming a culture or religion, and identifying a people. This course of lectures deals with the methodologies employed in studying food in ancient Egypt, and focuses on the ingredients available, how these might have been prepared, and what different consumption patterns reveal about various socio-economic and religious groups in ancient Egypt.
Join Professor Salima Ikram for 4 lectures delivered over two afternoons as she explores the surviving archaeological evidence for Egyptian eating habits, food and drink that was enjoyed in daily life, but also as part of special celebrations and festivities.
Sunday 15th October:
- You are What you eat: Overview of food, eating and cooking habits in ancient Egypt
- Protein Overload: Meat, fish, and poultry
Sunday 29th October:
3. Cocktail Hour: Bread, Beer, wine, and nibbles
4. Healthy eating: Fruits and vegetables archaeological evidence
There’s much more to ancient Egyptian cuisine than 1000 bread and beer!
Professor Salima Ikram
Salima Ikram is Distinguished Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, and is a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum. She has worked in Egypt since 1986. After double majoring in History as well as Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College (USA), she received her M. Phil. (in Museology and Egyptian Archaeology) and Ph.D. (in Egyptian archaeology) from Cambridge University. She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and is Director of the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey and the Amenmesse Mission of KV10 and KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Ikram has written several books (for adults and children) and articles, with subject matters ranging from mummification to the eating habits of the ancient Egyptians.
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