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Tuesday 30 April (Week 8), 2-3.30pm

Recreation Room (S2.6), Level 3, Australian Hearing Hub, Macquarie University

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 Twitter


Professor Martin Bommas | Director of the Macquarie University Museum of Ancient Cultures>

Osirian Cult Songs

While lamentations of Isis and Nephthys are well studied, Osirian songs performed during funerary processions have so far escaped scholarly attention. This paper will report on the discovery of Osirian Cult Songs, the genre and corpus of texts as well as their use as performative texts during the Old and Middle Kingdoms. Deeply embedded in the cult of Osiris and a key element of funerary rituals, these songs were communicated through mourners and priests. Based on recent archaeological discoveries, the paper will also briefly explore the funerary landscape that provided the setting for the performance of these songs.

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