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AIA Talks: Stories of Gender in Ancient Egpyt

“Hatshepsut: Women and Power” August 25, 2008 (Monday) 2:20 PM Roberts 419, UAH

“Androgyny and Blurred Boundaries in Ancient Egypt” August 25, 2008 (Monday) 7:30 PM Chan Auditorium, UAH

Dr. Ann Macy Roth is currently the Director of the Giza Cemetery Project and has spent considerable time in Egypt pursuing her research. She teaches as the Clinical Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and Art History at New York University. Dr. Macy Roth investigates questions of gender, wealth, and rank evident in cemeteries.

In her daytime lecture, Dr. Macy Roth will discuss the famous female pharaoh Hatshepsut. In her evening talk she will explore how the ancient Egyptians believed that to maintain the universe, they needed to maintain the boundaries between things. Since one of the principal boundaries in their universe was the distinction between male and female, it is curious that there is so much evidence, in both the political and the religious realms, for the blurring of that distinction. Androgyny occurs both in literary sources and in representations in tombs and temples. This talk will present examples of this androgyny and discuss some possible reasons for the blurring of gender boundaries.

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