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The Art and Literature of Ancient Egypt

The Art and Literature of Ancient Egypt

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  • Wed 21 Oct ’15, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Wed 28 Oct ’15, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Wed 4 Nov ’15, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Wed 11 Nov ’15, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Wed 18 Nov ’15, 6:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Wed 25 Nov ’15, 6:15pm – 8:15pm


Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $180.00
  • Early Bird: $162.00

Ancient Egyptian art is, perhaps, the most distinctive in human history. Compelling and confounding to many, the combination of awkwardly positioned bodies, mysterious semi-human deities and complex hieroglyphic texts grant us glimpses into a long-lost world where mortals, kings and gods co-existed. Yet, does our superficial familiarity tell us the truth behind these scenes? Can the songs, tales and biographies of these people help us to better understand a society lost for over 2,000 years?

This series of six lectures will give you an insight into the art and literature of Egypt’s ancient civilisation. You will analyse the processes by which art was executed, the materials used, the themes captured and how the art differed according to its purpose and audience. Alongside art, you will consider the often-overlooked literature of the ancient Egyptians, their epic tales, morality narratives, love poems and final autobiographies recorded in tombs for future generations.

Ancient Egypt’s words and pictures provide a fascinating insight into that which they wished others to know.

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