Presented by Eleanor Sypher, PhD

Eleanor holds a doctorate degree in Greek and Roman civilizations from Columbia University. Join us for these educational lectures, presented with wit and humour!



Part One:  Introduction to the Nile, its Rulers and its Intruding Archaeologists


Solid Gold Mask of King Tutankhamun with colored glass and lapis lazuli for the Mummified Face and Shoulders of Tut (who reigned ca. 1334-1325 BCE), Egyptian Museum, Cairo

The Nile is one of the longest rivers in the world at 4,125 miles;  it flows Northward from Southeastern Egypt to the Mediterranean coast and it defines a narrow strip of fertile floodplain running through an otherwise arid land.  The river’s yearly flood brought rich soil and therefore food to the Egyptians.

This lecture will look briefly at the kings and rulers of Egypt from 3100 BCE to 646 CE (the Muslim Conquest).  Next we will focus on the colorful, often destructive, archaeologists, including:  The Great Belzoni, Mariette, Flinders Petrie, and finally, Howard Carter and his patron Lord Carnarvon, who are responsible for the discovery of King Tut’s Tomb in 1922.

Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.



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Part Two:  Aswan (source of the Nile), the Deep South, Luxor and Karnak

Luxor Temple, ca. 1400 BCE, sandstone, East Bank of the Nile     

We begin our journey northward at Aswan and look at the effects of the dam at Aswan (built from 1960-1970) on the   monuments nearby, especially The Great Temple of Ramesses II (ca. 1214 BCE) at Abu Simbel.  Then onward to the Deep South and the monuments in its towns of Kom Ombo, Nekhen, Edfu and Esna.  We finish our tour at Luxor and Karnak.  The chief attractions there are Luxor Temple and Obelisk (ca. 1400 BCE), the Temple of Amenhotep III (ca. 1352 BCE) and the Mummy of his Queen Tiye, the Avenue of the Sphinxes, the Temple of Amun-Re and the Obelisk of his temple (ca. 2130-1991 BCE).   We say goodbye to Luxor at The Winter Palace Hotel (built 1905-06), whose guests included Lord Carnarvon and Agatha Christie, who wrote Death on the Nile while staying there.

Thursday, August 19, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.


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Part Three: From Western Thebes to Upper Egypt:  The Fayum, Cairo and Alexandria

Bust of Nefertiti Wearing the Blue Crown (the War Crown), attributed to the sculptor Thutmose, found in his studio in 1912, ca. 1345 BCE, Neues Museum, Berlin

In Western Thebes, we will visit the Ramasseum (ca. 1213 BCE), Queen Hatshepsut’s Mortuary Temple (ca. 1473-1458 BCE), the Tomb of Thutmose III (ca. 1479-1425 BCE), the Colossus of Memnon (ca. 1360 BCE), the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, and the towns of Dendera, Abydos, and Amarna (the new capital of Egypt established in 1347 BCE by King Akhenaton, the monotheist, and his wife Nefertiti).  Then we head further north to the oasis of Fayum, Cairo, and Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.



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Part Four:  The Pyramids at Saqqara and Giza, the Great Sphinx, and a Summary of Egyptian Style and its Influence

The Great Pyramid of Khufu, four-sided, constructed 2580-2560 BCE, limestone and granite, height 481 feet, length 750 feet, volume 91,227,778 cubic feet

 At Saqqara, we will take in the step pyramid of Djoser (ruled 2630-2611 BCE);  at Giza, the pyramid of Khufu and his Solar Boat;  of Khafra (ca. 2570 BCE) and his Great Sphinx (ca. 2558-2532 BCE);  and the pyramid of Menhaura (ca. 2500 BCE), looking closely at the methods of construction of these huge symbols of eternity.

We end with Egyptian style and its influence, considering later pyramids and sphinxes, vegetative columns, obelisks, stiff standing statues, wall paintings (notably in Crete), flapper dresses and King Tut jewelry.

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.



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A $10 contribution is requested to attend these presentations and enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.

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