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March 12 Lecture on Demotic Literature in Toronto

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    The Toronto Chapter of The Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities presentsDemotic Tales and the Oral TraditionSpeaker: Prof. Jackie Jay, Eastern
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 5, 2010
      The Toronto Chapter of The Society for the Study of Egyptian
      Antiquities presentsDemotic Tales and the Oral TraditionSpeaker: Prof.
      Jackie Jay, Eastern Kentucky Universitiy
      Friday, March 12, 2010 | 7:00 pm
      Room 142, 5 Bancroft Ave, Univ. of Toronto St. George Campus (accessible
      building) The Demotic tales of the Greco-Roman period contain some very
      entertaining plot twists and personalities: there is, for example,
      Setna, who descends into the tomb of Naneferkaptah in search of the
      magical scroll of Thoth; Petichons, who leads a military campaign in
      Asia against Queen Serpot of the "land of women"; and Petese,
      son of Petetum, who is told by a ghost that he has only forty days left
      to live. Although these tales have come to us in written form, their
      primary means of transmission in ancient times appears to have been in
      the context of oral performance and, as this talk will explore, they
      contain a number of elements which speak to a rich ancient Egyptian
      tradition of oral storytelling.
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      This event is free. All welcome.

      About The Speaker: Jackie Jay received her B.A. from U of T's
      Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in 2001 and went on
      to graduate studies at the University of Chicago. Her 2008 dissertation
      is entitled "From Sinuhe to Setna: The Narrative Structure of Ancient
      Egyptian Tales". In addition to Egyptian literature and grammar, her
      research interests include Demotic graffiti and documentary texts, and
      she is currently planning a return trip to Egypt with Eugene Cruz-Uribe
      and Steve Vinson to complete a survey of Demotic graffiti in the tombs
      of the Valley of the Kings. Since the fall of 2008, she has been an
      assistant professor in the Department of History at Eastern Kentucky
      University, teaching courses such as "Ancient Egyptian History"
      and "Women in the Ancient World." --------------------L. Green
      for
      The Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities/Société pour
      l'Étude de l'Égypte Ancienne
      Toronto, ON, Canada
      thessea@...
      www.thessea.org


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