For release: November 9, 2011
For press information, contact Dr. Lorelei Corcoran, 901-678-2555
The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis will host
the sixth annual William J. Murnane Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 17, in the
University Center Fountain View Room. Dr. Lorelei H. Corcoran, recipient of the 2011
University of Memphis Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Research in the Humanities,
will present an illustrated lecture, “Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt,”
at 7 p.m.
A 6:15 p.m. reception at will precede the lecture. Both events are free and open
to the public. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University
The lecture will present highlights from Corcoran’s recent book Herakleides: A Portrait Mummy from Roman Egypt, co-authored with J. Paul Getty Museum associate conservator Marie Svoboda, that synthesizes
the results of their four-year, multi-disciplinary research project on the only mummy
in the Getty Museum’s collection.
Herakleides was a young man who lived and died in Roman Egypt almost 2,000 years ago.
Analysis of his mummy using state-of-the-art technology revealed fascinating details
of the funerary practices of his world. These findings, together with the results
of an iconographic study of the decorative motifs on his shroud, and on those of other
red-shrouded portrait mummies in museums worldwide, document a belief in an afterlife
that is popularly associated with ancient Egypt, but which is shown to be influential
into the time of the Roman Empire.
Corcoran is director of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and professor
of art history at the University of Memphis. She is the author of Portrait Mummies from Roman Egypt and numerous articles on the art and religion of ancient Egypt.
For more information, call the IEAA at 901-678-2555.