The Spencer Memorial Lecture:

Shelters for Eternity: Egyptian coffins over three millennia

At the core of the Egyptian tomb lay the mummy, protected by its coffin. In this lecture we will explore the evolution of the Egyptian coffin from its beginnings as simple basket or box, though its glory days during which royal examples could be of solid gold, to the final examples of Roman times, where the traditional elements became debased with Hellenistic concepts, yet retained the fundamental conceptions of earlier centuries.

The Persian Pharaohs

In 525 BC, Cambyses of Persia defeated Psamtik III of the 26th Dynasty, and added Egypt to the transnational Persian Empire. We will today examine the origins of that Empire and how the earlier Persian kings, especially Darius I, perceived themselves relative to Egypt, as well as taking an overview of their monuments both in Egypt and Persia.

Aidan is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Bristol, and was Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo for the Spring Semester of 2013. He read Egyptian archaeology at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, receiving his BA in 1985, and MPhil in 1986, and his PhD in 1995, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003; he was Chairman of the Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society from 2011 to 2016 and is the author of twenty books and some 400 articles and reviews. His latest book, The Royal Tombs of Ancient Egypt was published by Pen & Sword in 2016, while a revised edition of his Amarna Sunset is due from AUC Press in the Spring of 2018.

Members £13.25 (non members £14.75) includes refreshments