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
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 email@example.com.