Kemet Klub

NA-Middle Kingdom Women: At Court and in Society


Dr Wolfram Grajetzki
5 and 12 March 2023

Middle Kingdom Women: At court and in society

Dates: 5th and 12th March. Live lectures 2-5pm, but also available to watch via recordings.

Middle Kingdom women are best known from their richly equipped burials that contained some of the finest jewellery ever produced in Egypt. The period also saw the first female king ruling the country, queen Sobeknofru. The sourcebase is rich for reconstructing the life and function of women in society, although it remains a challenge to follow biographies of single women. Over a series of 4 lectures delivered over two afternoons we will look at elite  royal women, such as the wives and princesses at the royal court and explore what information can be gleaned from their burials. Using textual evidence and depictions in art we will also consider the function of women in Middle Kingdom households and evidence for different  professions for women, including those of the peasantry and serfs. 

Dr Wolfram Grajetzki

Dr Wolfram Grajetzki is a Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London. He studied Egyptology, Prehistory and Classical archaeology in Berlin with his PhD on the highest state officials in the Middle Kingdom (1998). He worked on several projects, including excavations in Egypt and Pakistan and was teaching Egyptology in Berlin, London and Pisa, He has published several scholarly and popular articles and books on burial customs and the Middle Kingdom.

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