For release: April 8, 2008
For press information, contact Dr. Patricia Podzorski, 901-678-2649
Dr. Nigel Strudwick
Dr. Nigel Strudwick, assistant keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan
at the British Museum and visiting professor of art history at the University of Memphis,
will present the illustrated lecture “City of One Hundred Gates: Luxor in the Past
Two Millennia” at 7 p.m., April 16, in the Fogelman Executive Center, Room 123. A
reception will precede the lecture at 6:15 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Fogelman
Executive Center garage.
Luxor, ancient Thebes of the fabled hundred gates, is probably the largest archaeological
site in Egypt and the location of many temples and tombs. The greatest religious structure
in the ancient world, the temple of the god Amon at Karnak, is found there. Although
the best known of these structures date to the time of the Pharaohs (3000-332 B.C.),
Luxor boasts an additional 2,000 years of more recent history.
From the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C. until the revolution
of 1952, Egypt was under the control of non-Egyptians. Luxor today provides us with
a microcosm of these years of history, often bypassed by the modern tourist. “Luxor
in the Past Two Millennia” will explore the effects of the presence of Greeks, Romans,
Christians, Muslims, and Europeans on this ancient city.
Entrance to Luxor Temple
At the British Museum, Strudwick is concerned with the sculpture collection, traveling
exhibitions, and technological issues. He has excavated in Egypt for many years and
has a long-standing interest in the Tombs of the Nobles at Thebes. Currently he directs
the excavation of the tomb of Senneferi in Thebes.
Strudwick publishes extensively on ancient Egypt. His list of books includes both
scholarly and popular works on ancient Egyptian history and archaeology. A versatile
scholar, he has recently produced a volume of translations of ancient Egyptian texts
from the Old Kingdom (2500-2000 B.C.) and several books on Egyptian objects in the
collections of the British Museum. Some of his field work and publications are done
in collaboration with his wife, Helen, who is also a noted Egyptologist.
The annual Legacy of Egypt lecture series highlights the contributions of ancient
Egypt to later cultures and the modern world. It is sponsored by the U of M’s Institute
of Egyptian Art and Archaeology. For more information, call 901-678-2555.