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NEXT MINI-LECTURE IN TORONTO IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH

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    On Friday, November 18th at 6:30 pm, The SSSEA will present the next in its Mini-Lecture series, VANQUISHING THE BEAST: Hunting Hippopotami In Ancient Egypt
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 9, 2005
      On Friday, November 18th at 6:30 pm, The SSSEA will present the
      next in its Mini-Lecture series, "VANQUISHING THE BEAST: Hunting
      Hippopotami In Ancient Egypt" by Sherine ElSebaie. Sherine is an
      advanced doctoral student in Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern
      Civilizations at University of Toronto. The lecture will take place
      in Rm. 323, 4 Bancroft Ave. on the main campus of the University of
      Toronto. If you need directions, go to
      http://www.geocities.com/ssea.geo or email us at ssea@...

      VANQUISHING THE BEAST: Hunting Hippopotami in Ancient Egypt
      During ancient times, the entire Valley of the Nile was
      populated with hippopotami, a species of animals quite disliked by
      the ancient Egyptian agricultural community, since the heavy
      gluttonous hippos devoured the fields and ruined the cultivations.
      Hunting those large animals appears as a necessary security
      measure. Furthermore, hippo hunting took a religious and ritual
      character: vanquishing this animal as a symbol of the harmful forces
      of chaos and disorder was represented in many private mastabas from
      the Old Kingdom onwards.
      The aim of this presentation then is to look carefully into
      these scenes, explain the depicted technique used by the ancient
      Egyptians to hunt this large amphibian, and compare those scenes
      with the royal representations of hippo hunting. The argument builds
      up by scrutinizing mythological, mortuary, and secular ancient
      Egyptian texts mentioning the hippos in order to reveal how
      intricate the concept of hippo hunting was. Finally, a brief
      conclusive discussion attempts to demonstrate how, next to their
      religious significance, the representations of hippo hunting also
      bear a strong political implication.
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