Workshop Solar cult and royal ideology in Ancient Egypt: old evidences, new discoveries, latest approaches

The third, final, workshop discussing recent research on the sun cult in ancient Egypt “Solar cult and royal ideology in Ancient Egypt: old evidences, new discoveries, latest approaches” will be organized by the GAČR project “The Rise and Development of the Solar Cult and Architecture in 3rd Mill. BC” on June, 25th-26th, 2019 in the Academic Conference Centre, Prague. The papers will not concentrate only on the sun cult and its manifestations during the Third Millennium BC – with a special focus on results of the recent terrain works in the sun temple of Niuserre in Abu Gurab. They shall also debate the further development and relationship of the sun cult with the royal mortuary cult and royal ideology during later periods on a basis of work in the field of archaeology, architecture, history, epigraphic and religious sources. Everybody is welcomed.


Prague, June 25-26, 2019
(Akademické konferenční centrum AV ČR — Husova 4a, 110 00 Praha 1)



9.00 – 9.15: Introduction by M. Bárta
9.15 – 10-00: A. Morales (University of Alcalá): Ascension texts in transmission: reaching the skies from Unas to Pedamenopet
10.00 – 10.30: M. Peterková-Hlouchová (Czech Institute of Egyptology): Some thoughts on the origins of the sun cult
10.30 – 11.00: coffee break
11.00 – 11.30: D. Bělohoubková, J. Janák (Czech Institute of Egyptology): Protecting the body of the sun-god: A Late Period mortuary text focused on Ra´s sovereign power
11.30 – 12.00: L. Prada (University of Oxford): The Myth of the Sun’s Eye in Ptolemaic and Roman Elkab: Solar Religion, Ritual Landscape, and Graeco-Egyptian Worship
12.00 – 14.00: lunch break
14.00 – 14.45: A. Oppenheim (Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York): Solar Cult in Pyramid Complexes of the Middle Kingdom

14.45 – 15.15: R. Pirelli (L’Orientale University of Naples): King/God Relationship and the Solar Cult in the Temples of Millions of Years of the New Kingdom
15.15 – 15.45: coffee break
15.45 – 16.15: L. Popko (Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Leipzig): All that glitters is not (sun) cult. The Blessings of Ptah and other discoveries in Heliopolis”
16.15 – 16.45: K. Piquette (University College London): An Exploration of Early Dynastic Iconographic Influences in the Old Kingdom Solar Temple Reliefs: Figuring rulership
16.45 ‐ 17.30: Closing Discussion


09.00 – 09.45: M. Nuzzolo – M. Osman (Czech Institute of Egyptology and Free University Berlin): 2019 season at the sun temple of Niuserra: old evidence, new discoveries
09.45 – 10.15: K. Arias (Czech Institute of Egyptology): Bread and beer – A comparative assessment of ceramic finds from the sun temples
10.15 – 10.45: coffee break
10.45 – 11.15: J. Krejčí (Czech Institute of Egyptology): The monumental architecture of the Old Kingdom, the sun cult and the outset of the obelisks
11.15 – 11.45: M. Pehal (Charles University): Positional succession as key to understanding New Kingdom royal ideology
11.45 – 12.30: R. Bussmann (University of Cologne): Royal ideology in 3rd millennium provincial Egypt
12.30 – 13.00: Closing Discussion

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