The Author's Voice
The Goddess Isis and the Kingdom of Meroe
The Institute for Advanced Study, in partnership with Gorgias Press, is delighted to announce a new online lecture program, The Author's Voice. The second lecture, The Goddess Isis and the Kingdom of Meroe, will be given by Solange Ashby, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Barnard College.
Discussions of the widespread appeal of the cult of Isis in antiquity often omit any mention of the Nubian priests who served the rulers of the Kingdom of Meroe (located south of Egypt in the Sudan) and the royal donations of gold that they delivered to the temple of Isis at Philae, located at Egypt’s border with Nubia. Those funds were essential to the survival of the temple of Philae, allowing it to remain in active use for centuries after other temples had been abandoned in Egypt. I will describe the rites performed by the Nubian priests and their participation in a tradition of Nubian pilgrimage to this site that spanned one thousand years.
As a Black Egyptologist it is important to me to investigate the southern connections that are evident in the ancient religious practices of Egypt. Much work remains to be done to highlight these connections.
This is a free Zoom lecture. Register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.
Hosted by Sabine Schmidtke (School of Historical Studies, IAS) and George A. Kiraz (School of Historical Studies, IAS and Editor-in-Chief, Gorgias Press) in cooperation with Angelos Chaniotis (School of Historical Studies, IAS).
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