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The Echoes of Egypt:
Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs

Application Deadline is May 15, 2013. Payment must be received by May 22, 2013.

The Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs Summer Institute will take teachers on a journey through two thousand years of fascination with ancient Egypt, exploring the three main themes of the exhibit: hieroglyphs, mummy-mania, and Egyptosophy.  The seminars will focus on the basic principles of the hieroglyphic script, the meaning of mummification in ancient Egypt, and cover the fundamental features of ancient Egyptian religion. 

With visits to the Peabody Exhibit, you will examine the meaning and changing uses of hieroglyphs, together with an exploration of Egyptosophy, the use of the magic and religious symbolism of ancient Egypt in later cultures. And, of course, no display on Egypt would be complete without mummies, here not treated as oddities but explained as examples of the Egyptian fascination with regeneration through decay. A centerpiece will be a diorama showing a scene from a 19th century “mummy unwrapping” event in Philadelphia, complete with a mummy from the Barnum Museum and an invitation from the American Antiquarian Society. The exhibit includes artifacts from collections at Yale and around the country, together with a unique copy of a medieval Arabic attempt to translate hieroglyphs (on loan from the Bibliothèque nationale de France) that has never before been seen in the United States. Small “magical gems” from the Yale Babylonian Collection will appear alongside papyri and antique books from the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, and ancient Egyptian objects from the Peabody Museum and Yale University Art Gallery will illustrate paintings and books from the Yale Center for British Art and the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. Other Egyptianizing objects and paintings include loans from the Crocker Art Museum, the Dahesh Museum of Art, the Henry Art Gallery Collections, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Princeton University Art Museum. Previously unexplored aspects of Egyptian revival include objects from the ancient Sudan made in Egyptian style and a unique 13th century Italian sphinx that has been reproduced using cutting-edge 3-D printing technology.  As participants, you will also be taken through a reproduction of the Egyptianizing gateway that is the entrance to New Haven’s Grove Street Cemetery (designed by Henry Austin in 1839). 

You will discover how a culture that flourished thousands of years ago has impacted our own world through its appearance in art, architecture, and literature around the world --from ancient Africa to medieval Europe and the Middle East, to modern North America.  By developing classroom materials throughout the week with the assistance from a Curriculum Advisor, you can also transport your students on this magnificent journey through the Ages.

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Application Deadline is May 15, 2013. Payment must be received by May 22, 2013.

Sponsored by PIER and the Councils on African Studies and Middle East Studies at Yale University with generous support from the Title VI National Resource Center Grants from the United States Department of Education.

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