Egypt after Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun Tuesdays Public Lecture Program

Past Event: 14 June 2011

Dr Colin Hope

Join Dr Colin Hope to hear about power and Ancient Egypt after Tutankhamun’s death.

When Tutankhamun died the throne passed to a series of men from the army; this was not a coup but may have been negotiated. One of these was Aye, who may have been a brother of the king's grandmother, Queen Tiye; another was Horemheb who had led the army for Tutankhamun, and whose spectacular tomb built before he became king was found at Saqqara containing elaborate decoration - when he became king he built another impressive tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Eventually the throne passed into the hands of a military family from the north of Egypt, the family that produced the great Ramesses II who ruled for 67 years. This talk will examine the century following Tutankhamun when Egypt struggled to maintain its supremacy in the Near East.

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