University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

The Amarna Revolution from Above: Case Studies

Saturday 09 March 2019
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Penn Museum


Betsy Bryan, Ph.D., Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, Johns Hopkins University

We don't often think about how similar or different ancient Egypt and its religion and politics may have been from our own world today. Yet frequently the strategies and tactics used by authoritarian rulers in ancient history are not greatly different from the modern era. In this talk. Dr. Betsy Bryan examines the phenomenon of Akhenaten’s new religion, nearly that of monotheism, by comparing it to similar types of religious revolutions in less distant historical eras: the Protestant revolution of the 16th century in England and the Bolshevik attempt to stamp out all religion except atheism in the early 20th century. Presented by the American Research Center in Egypt—PA Chapter.

Admission: $10; $7, Penn Museum members and PennCard holders; $5, students with ID; free for ARCE-PA members and children under 12.

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