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"The making of the Pharaohs: A prehistoric perspective on the rise of the ancient Egyptian civilization" Lecture by Maria Carmela Gatto, University of Leicester, UK

The visit of Maria Carmela Gatto is organised by Antonio Curci from the Department of History and Cultures.

Apr 17, 2018 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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For almost 30 centuries, from its unification around 3100 BCE to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE, Egypt was one of the preeminent civilizations of the ancient world. The beauty of its art, the accomplishment of its architecture and the richness of its religious traditions have captured the imagination of generations of all times.

The ancient Egyptian socio-political system was structured around the figure of its ruler: the pharaoh, a semi-god for whom monumental tombs were built, wars were fought and in the name of whom gods where worshipped. Narmer was the first king to unify the country at the end of the fourth millennium and the archaeological and textual evidence from that period shows how all the characteristic elements of the ancient Egyptian civilization, including iconographic and symbolic rules, were already established at that time.

The lecture will explore the socioeconomic and political transformations, and their material outcomes, that occurred in the prehistoric Nile Valley and set the pace for the rise of the first state in human history.