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April 16 Lecture Will Explore Curses and Love Charms of Ancient Egypt University News
For release: April 5, 2010

For press information, contact Dr. Mariam Ayad, 901-678-2555

Dr. Robert K. Ritner
Dr. Robert K. Ritner
The Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis will present its seventh annual Egypt’s Legacy Lecture, “Applied Magic in Ancient Egypt: Curses and Love Charms,” featuring Dr. Robert K. Ritner on April 16that 7 p.m. in the Manning Hall Auditorium. A reception at 6:30 p.m. will precede the lecture. The events are free and open to the public.

One of the most common features of Ancient Egyptian magic is the ritual cursing or the conquest of enemies, often in the form of what Hollywood has characterized as “voodoo dolls.” Images of these rites extend from the earliest Egyptian records to the latest and were handed down to Biblical, European, and Islamic cursing traditions.

Ritner was the academic advisor for The Field Museum’s current Egypt installation and for two British Museum exhibits, “Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth” and “Eternal Egypt.” He also served as consultant and lecturer for the traveling Cairo Museum exhibit “Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt.” 

He is professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and was the first Marilyn M. Simpson Assistant Professor of Egyptology at Yale University from 1991 to 1996. He is the author of The Libyan Anarchy: Inscriptions from Egypt’s Third Intermediate Period and The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magical Practice and more than 100 shorter publications on Egyptian religion, magic, medicine, language, and literature, as well as social and political histories. He has lectured extensively on each of these topics throughout the United States, Europe, and Egypt. 

Manning Hall is located at the north end of the Student Plaza. Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage.

For more information on Ritner’s lecture, call the U of M’s Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at 901-678-2555.

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