University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Understanding Ancient Egyptian Comics: Conversations, Quarrels, and Songs in Ancient Egyptian Tombs

Saturday 08 December 2018
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Penn Museum

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It is often claimed that the ancient Egyptians were the first to invent comics. With their lively hieroglyphic captions of songs of protest and labor, jokes, arguments, and conversations, Egyptian tombs were enlivened over the course of thousands of years with scenes that function in similar ways to modern comics. In this talk, Dr. Steve Harvey, Director of the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project, Abydos, discusses whether ancient Egyptian tomb scenes work in the same way, and how modern scholars first came to read hieroglyphs and interpret these scenes, a discovery that dates back to the very first successes at cracking the code of ancient Egyptian writing in the early 19th century. Presented by the American Research Center in Egypt Pennsylvania Chapter (ARCE-PA).

Admission: $10, general public; $7, Penn Museum Members and Penn faculty/staff; $5, students with ID; free for ARCE-PA members and children under 12.

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