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On Human Bondage in Ancient Egypt

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Barnard College, BCRW, 101 Barnard Hall
Around 1500 BCE, the subjects of this lecture first appear in the tombs of Egyptian nobles. Just a half-century before, the Egyptian Delta had been dominated by rulers from the north, but the Egyptians had since conquered their conquerors and exerted sway as far as the Euphrates River. The sudden appearance, activities, and gradual disappearance of a specific subset of peoplewho Ellen Morris argues were prisoners-of-war captured from Egypts most exotic and formidable contemporary foereveal much about the effects of imperialism on Egypts economy and sense of self. Ellen Morris joins Barnards faculty this year as an assistant professor of classics, whose scholarship on ancient Egyptian social history focuses on issues of divine kingship, sexuality and performance, state formation, and human sacrifice, along with life during periods of societal disruption. She is currently finishing her second book, Ancient Egyptian Imperialism. Information bcrw.barnard.edu
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