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Being Imperial: Egypt and the Levant Abroad and at Home in the New Kingdom (Jointly with EES)

Linda Hulin, Oxford University

PEF FREE LECTURE SERIES 2016

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BRITISH MUSEUM DEPARTMENT OF MIDDLE EAST

4pm, 7th April  2016, BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum. To book, contact the British Museum Box Office:  020 7323 8181 or www.britishmuseum.org     and go to the 'What's On' option at the top of the BM homepage. Then choose the 'Events Calendar'  and scroll down the page to see events listed by date and time.

 

Watercolour by C.R. Conder%2C 1873

PEF-PI-117: Jezreel Valley by C. R. Conder, 1873. From the PEF Archives.

Poster Lecture April 7th 2016.pdf


Summary
This lecture explores the social impact of the Egyptian empire upon Egyptians during the New Kingdom, when Egypt commanded an empire that stretched from modern Lebanon to the Sudan. Previous studies have concerned themselves with narratives of domination and military rule, political relations and the economic impact of the Egyptian presence.  Social relations have been framed in terms of the extent to which local elites emulated Egyptian practice; this lecture concentrates upon the impact of the ruled upon the rulers, and argues for a complex set of responses depending upon social position and opportunity.

In all imperial/colonial encounters a line is drawn between “cultural integrity” and “going native”, a line that shifts as empires develop, and this process of acceptance and rejection is apparent in Egyptian society. The type of objects and practices that were adopted, adapted or rejected by Egyptians both at home and on service abroad reveals much about their conception of themselves and of the world around them, and brings us to a more nuanced and varied picture than is revealed by either ancient propaganda or modern studies of imported items in Egypt or Egyptian objects in Nubia and the Levant.

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