Lectures and seminars

An afternoon with the mummies of Egypt
Zoom seminar organized by the AGORA network

13.00 Introduction
13.15-13.45 ANDREAS DORN (Uppsala), Integrity of the body in life and death – a mummy with a toe prosthesis
13.45-14.15 SOFIA HÄGGMAN (Uppsala), Mummies go north. Attitudes to and display of Egyptian mummies in Sweden from the Middle Ages until today
14.15-14.45 ANN-KATRIN GILL (Oxford), Mummifying a member? A peculiar Osirian aspect of mummification
14.45-15.00 Coffee break
15.00-15.30 PATRIK MEHRENS (Uppsala), The mummy in Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander and related literary works
15.30-16.00 JOACHIM ÖSTLUND (Lund), Mummies as medicine and the virtues of ingredients
16.00-16.30 NILS BILLING (Uppsala), Dressed for eternity. The collection of mummy-bandages with the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead at the University of Uppsala
For questions contact: louise.therkildsen@littvet.uu.se

Masada: Last Stronghold of the Jewish Resistance Against Rome

Open lecture by Jodi Magness University of North Carolina October 13, 2020, 16.00-17.30.
Eng 22-0008 or via Zoom. Poster of Magness lecture

In the first century B.C.E., Herod the Great, who ruled Judea as client king on behalf of Rome, built a fortified palace atop the mountain of Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Seventy
years after Herod's death, the First Jewish Revolt against Rome broke out and Jewish rebels occupied Masada. According to the ancient historian Flavius Josephus, at the end of the revolt the Romans besieged the mountain and the Jewish rebels committed mass suicide.
In this slide-illustrated lecture, we survey the history and archaeology of Masada, including the results of excavations in the Roman siege works which Professor Jodi Magness codirected
in 1995. We end by considering the controversies surrounding Josephus’ story of the mass suicide.

The lecture is a part of AGORA’s fall lecture series given via Zoom.
For questions and registration, please contact: Louise.therkildsen@littvet.uu.se

The AGORA network begins its fall program with a lecture by Janric Van Rookhuijzen, Leiden University on Wednesday September 16, 16.00-17.30. Poster lecture

Janric Van Rookhuijzen works on a major re-interpretation of how the buildings on the Athenian Acropolis are to be identified, which has resulted in a much-noticed article in the American Journal of Archaeology (124, 2020, p. 3-35), ‘The Parthenon Treasury on the Acropolis of Athens’.

His present work regards the “Erechtheion” or Karyatid Temple, and his AGORA-lecture is entitled The Harem in the Parthenon.


According to received history, the Karyatid Temple on the Acropolis of Athens (the famous building commonly known as the “Erechtheion”) was, in the city’s first Ottoman period (1458–1687), converted into the dwelling of the harem of the Turkish governor. This statement can be traced to historically dubious information in seventeenth-century travel accounts and is contradicted by the contemporary account of the Acropolis by the Ottoman traveler Evliya Çelebi. A similar story existed already in Antiquity, when the Macedonian warlord Demetrios Poliorketes was supposed to have installed his harem in the Parthenon. I suggest that the harem stories were inspired by the six conspicuous Karyatid statues in the building’s south porch.


You can participate either in person in room Eng2-0076 or by Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/62813234299