Tutankhamun’s Egypt: the golden age

Tutankhamun Tuesdays Public Lecture Program

Past Event: 17 May 2011

Dr Colin Hope

Join Dr Colin Hope as he explores the power and wealth of the 18th Dynasty of Ancient Egypt.

The incredible quantity of gold employed for the material found within Tutankhamun's tomb indicates the wealth of the ancient Egyptian monarchy. The main source of the gold was beyond the borders of Egypt within the Sudan, and this region was annexed to Egypt along with others on her borders to form a sphere of influence extending from Syria to the Sudan, from the Libyan desert to the Red Sea. This talk will discuss the political history of Egypt during the 18th Dynasty, the period to which Tutankhamun belonged, often referred to as the Egyptian Empire, and examine some of the key figures and events that made Egypt the most powerful kingdom of the day.

Dr Colin A. Hope is an associate professor at Monash University and director of the Centre for Archaeology & Ancient History; he is a research associate of the Museum Victoria, where he was once a curator. Colin has worked extensively in the Middle East but focuses upon Egyptian archaeology; he has worked on material from a range of sites contemporary with Tutankhamun and published material from the tomb. He now directs excavations at two major sites in Dakhleh Oasis in Egypt's western desert. He has taught Egyptology at Monash University since 1991.

Proudly supported by University of Melbourne, Programs Partner.

Please note the Tutankhamun exhibition is not open on Tuesday evenings.

Speaker/s

Dr Colin Hope