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Professor Will Discuss Ancient Egypt’s Military Expansion During New Kingdom

For release: February 3, 2014
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Dr. Ellen Morris, assistant professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient Studies at Barnard College and Columbia University, will discuss her current research on the impact of Egypt’s military expansion into southwestern Asia during the New Kingdom on the ancient Egyptian’s sense of self at the University of Memphis.

Morris will present the illustrated lecture “Prisoners of War and the Eros of Empire in Egypt’s New Kingdom” Feb. 7 in the University Center Bluff Room. A reception will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Both are free and open to the public.

Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

At the start of the New Kingdom period (ca. 1550 BCE), the Egyptians expelled Asiatic invaders who had taken control of the Nile delta during the preceding period. A series of kings expanded the Egyptian military presence as far north as Syria and east as the Euphrates River. During this period, images of foreigners from the north also appeared in ancient Egyptian tombs. Morris argues that these individuals were prisoners of war captured during this military expansion and traces the appearance, activities and gradual disappearance of these peoples in Egyptian sources. She also investigates the impact of these POWs on the economy of ancient Egyptian and the Egyptians’ own sense of identity.

The lecture will be hosted by the Egyptology Graduate Student Association in partnership with the Student Event Allocation Committee.

For more information, contact the EGSA at

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