Friday, 29 January 2016

Eminent Professor of Egyptology to Deliver Swansea talk

The February lecture from the Friends of the Egypt Centre in Swansea welcomes Professor Alan Lloyd who will be speaking on Decoding Egypt Art.

Professor Lloyd was Chairman of the Egypt Exploration Society between 1994-2007 and a Vice-President until his election as President in 2011.  He retired in 2006 from his post as Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Swansea.  He participated in EES excavations at North Saqqara in 1972-3 and with the Society's Saqqara Epigraphic Survey which began work in 1976 on a series of Old Kingdom tombs in the Teti Pyramid Cemetery.  Professor Lloyd is an authority on the writings of the historian Herodotus and has an extensive publication record.  He has served as Editor of the EES Excavation Memoirs and edited the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology from 1979 to 1985.

Talk Abstract:
One of the most important elements in the development of any society’s representational strategies is the generation of a visual code which makes it possible to express what that society needs to express in particular contexts.  Such codes are often of great sophistication, requiring great care in interpretation,  and of  no society is this more true than that of Ancient Egypt.  What I propose to do in the current lecture is to analyse a series of representations in order to establish the underlying iconographical principles.

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