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U of M's Egyptian Institute Will Host Nov. 17th Lecture on Romano-Egyptian Portrait Mummy

For release: November 9, 2011
For press information, contact Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, 901-678-2555

HerakleidesThe Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis will host the sixth annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the University Center Fountain View Room. Dr. Lorelei H. Corcoran, recipient of the 2011 University of Memphis Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Research in the Humanities, will present an illustrated lecture, “Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt,” at 7 p.m.

A 6:15 p.m. reception at will precede the lecture.  Both events are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.

The lecture will present highlights from Corcoran’s recent book Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt, co-authored with J. Paul Getty Museum associate conservator Marie Svoboda, that synthesizes the results of their four-year, multi-disciplinary research project on the only mummy in the Getty Museum’s collection.  

Herakleides was a young man who lived and died in Roman Egypt almost 2,000 years ago. Analysis of his mummy using state-of-the-art technology revealed fascinating details of the funerary practices of his world. These findings, together with the results of an iconographic study of the decorative motifs on his shroud, and on those of other red-shrouded portrait mummies in museums worldwide, document a belief in an afterlife that is popularly associated with ancient Egypt, but which is shown to be influential into the time of the Roman Empire.

Corcoran is director of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and professor of art history at the University of Memphis. She is the author of Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt and numerous articles on the art and religion of ancient Egypt.

For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555.

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