Unity and Writing in Ancient Egypt

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 2:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Presented by: Dr. David Silverman, Ekcley Brinton Coxe Jr. Professor, University of Pennsylvania, and Curator of Egyptology, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

While writing and art often interrelate in many cultures, the unity of the two is perhaps most integrated and apparent in ancient Egypt. It may well have something to do with the fact that the two-dimensional representations so characteristic of Egyptian art begin to appear around 3100 BCE—at almost precisely the same time that hieroglyphic writing makes its first appearance—more than 5000 years ago. Born together, these two means of expression continued in complimentary use for more than 3000 years, well into our own era, and produced a uniquely beautiful and intensely meaningful means of communication.

Reception to follow lecture. Wine generously donated by Eugene & Katrina Kirkham and Cody Gillette Kirkham, Casa Nuestra Winery. Bread generously donated by Acme Bread Company. Salumi generously donated by Fra' Mani Handcrafted Salumi. The Ancient Art Council is extremely grateful to Acme Bread Company, Casa Nuestra Winery, and Fra' Mani for their generous donation.

Sponsored by the Scherman Family Foundation.


Free to the public. Advance registration is required:

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Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.