The River Nile in Late Antiquity

Wednesday, December 02, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hill House, Room 602, AUC Tahrir Square
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Lecture/Panel
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2615.1837
Department
Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology

Cornelia Romer, the Coptic chair in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology, will deliver a lecture titled, "The River Nile in Late Antiquity: Pharaonic and Other Traditions in Culture and Thought of the Early Coptic Community" where she will discuss the relationship between the people and the river Nile in late antiquity.

We will consider which of the pharaonic traditions continue to affect this relationship, and in which way the monotheistic religion of Christianity dealt with these traditions. The natural condition of the country with its enigmatic river remained unchanged: once a year, the flood came, and everyone hoped for the right measure. But Christianity had an impact on people’s ways of dealing with the mysterious flood, and these changes offer fascinating insights into the mentality and culture of early Coptic society. 

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