Tuesday 19 March (Week 4), 2-3.30pm
The Department of Ancient History in conjunction with the Macquarie University Ancient History Association (MAHA) offers a research seminar series, intended to bring together those within Macquarie and outside who have an interest in the languages, histories, and cultures of the ancient world. View the schedule for the research seminar.
All are welcome! Please arrive on time and join us after the seminar for coffee, tea and biscuits!
Convenor: Dr Alexandra Woods
Silke Caßor-Pfeiffer | PhD Candidate, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany
“May your limbs be rejuvenated”: The purpose of milk offerings in Graeco-Roman temples and its historical context
The Graeco-Roman temples of Philae, Edfu and Dendera know mainly three types of milk offerings depending on the recipient: the offering to Osiris, the childgod and Hathor/Isis. Although the recipients are different, the functions of the offering stay nearly the same: to nourish or strengthen on the one hand or to rejuvenate on the other.
By means of selected examples, the present paper aims first to give a brief overview of the three aforementioned types of milk offerings in the temples of Philae, Edfu, and Dendera and then to analyze the tradition in which the ideas of the offering can be situated. For this reason, their origin in different funerary and royal rites and their way into temple ritual will be pointed out and the question will be examined how these different kind of offerings, regarding the recipient, are connected.
Professor Stefan Pfeiffer | Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
A divided society? Egyptian Revolts against Ptolemaic Domination
The longest lasting dynasty of Egyptian history was a foreign one: the house of the Ptolemies from Macedonia (306/05–30 BCE). It was not only the longest lasting Egyptian dynasty but also the longest lasting dynasty of the successor kingdoms of Alexander the Great, which makes it quite clear that the Ptolemies had gained an overall acceptance of their subjects. However at certain times the rule of the foreign pharaoh was in danger, as his Egyptian subjects started revolts, which can be taken as evidence for the fact that there were sincere tensions in Egyptian society. At the beginning of the 2nd century BCE nearly complete Upper Egypt was in rebellion: Indigenous pharaohs were able to take over control in Thebes, the ancient religious capital of Egypt. My presentation will focus not so much ask for the causes of the revolts – they are already studied in detail for many years. I instead will on the one hand search for the perpetrators of the revolts and on the other hand take a look at the strategies of the Ptolemies to win back the hearts and minds of their Egyptian subjects.
- When: Tuesday 19 March (Week 4), 2-3.30pm
- Where: Recreation Room (S2.6), Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University
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