Monday, November 21, 2016

Ancient Egypt this week: Tweeter, Tut & Akhenaten



Emily Tweeter The Egyptologist

Emily Teeter, 60, is an Egyptologist, research associate, and curator at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, where she’s in charge of special exhibits.
Interview by Aimee Levitt
Photographs by John Sturdy

Why are there jugglers in an Egyptian-themed opera? How the aerial magic of 'Akhnaten' came to be

Before Los Angeles Opera’s production of Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” opened, general director Pl├ícido Domingo occasionally would take a break from his office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and slip into rehearsals.

Fit For A King: Grand Museum Will Showcase Tut And Egypt's Ancient Culture
Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images

The angular steel and concrete skeleton of Egypt's huge new museum rises up on the Giza plains, in sight of the pyramids that inspired it. When it opens next year, visitors to the Grand Egyptian Museum will be able to see the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Menkaure through the glass wall that fronts the galleries. The back wall will be made partly of alabaster, meant to glow like a jewel in the setting sun.

Why an undamaged mummy uncovered in Luxor will stay in Egypt

Spanish archaeologists have uncovered a 3,000-year-old mummy "in very good condition" near the southern Egyptian city of Luxor, said Egypt’s antiquities ministry this weekend. . .
The discovery comes as Egyptian authorities continue work on recovering the estimated $3 billion of antiquities stolen during post-2011 political instability. That effort is resurfacing intense patriotic feeling around Egypt’s cultural patrimony, as well as contributing to the emergence of a new generation of antiquities experts that some say are changing a traditionally dense and hidebound bureaucracy.

Ancient Egyptian Demons - Swansea Museum festival event

People in Swansea can learn more about the mysterious world of ancient Egyptian demons, and create their very own, at a hands-on arts and crafts session taking place at Swansea Museum, home of the famous Egyptian mummy, on Saturday 19 November, as part of the Being Human Festival 2016.

‘Demon stations’ will give people a chance to create their very own heroes and demons.  Children can dress up as their favourite hero or villain and come along to Swansea Museum to make their own character based on their hopes, dreams or fears.

OFFICE WISDOM STRAIGHT FROM ANCIENT EGYPT

We’ve all seen Egyptian hieroglyphs, but we rarely get to know much about the stories they tell or the wisdom they impart. Now Cambridge University Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson has released a book, Writings from Ancient Egypt, collecting what was written on these ancient papyrus scrolls and stone carvings.

There’s a lot of stuff in there, and it offers an illuminating peek into Egyptian culture. One thing is clear, though: people haven’t really changed much.

In fact, there’s a section from 1850 BCE from 110-year-old pharaonic vizier Ptahhotep that sounds like it could’ve been written yesterday. It’s good advice.