Disintegrations: The Decline and Fall of Libyan Egypt

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 6:30pm - 10:00pm
3260 South Street, Classroom 2
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Dr. Aidan Dodson, Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol, England, speaks on the reign of the pharaoh Shoshenq I (ca. 943–922 BCE), who had briefly restored Egypt’s international standing as a powerful player in the early Iron Age Mediterranean, and the following decades that saw a gradual slide towards renewed disunity. This event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE-PA). Admission: $8 general public, $5 for Penn Museum members and PennCard holders, and free for ARCE-PA members.

The disunity following Shoshenq I culminated in the re-establishment of an independent southern kingdom during the reign of Osorkon II. This new kingdom itself soon fell victim to power struggles between rival lines of kings and high priests, while the north fell into a network of kingdoms, principalities and mayoralities. It was only with the advent of a line of Nubian kings, emerging from the far south, that Egypt once again became something approaching a coherent political unit.

About the Speaker: Dr. Aidan Dodson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Bristol, UK. He studied Egyptology at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, receiving his PhD in 1995, and is Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is the author of over 250 articles and reviews, together with fifteen books, the latest of which, 'Afterglow of Empire: Egypt from the fall of the New Kingdom to the Saite Renaissance', is scheduled to be published by the American University in Cairo Press in April 2012.

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