Betsy Bryan

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Betsy Bryan is a Professor and Alexander Badawy Chair in Egyptian Art and Archaeology in the Near Eastern Studies Department of Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Bryan will present the lecture “Cultic Revelries in New Kingdom Egypt” from her research done at the Temple of Mut in Luxor, Egypt. In this lecture, Dr. Bryan will cover specific types of festivals known principally from the Greek and Roman eras of Egyptian history that included ritual drunkenness as part of the divine experience. This lecture explores the evidence for such festivals in the New Kingdom, ca. 1500-1300 B.C.E., and compares it with descriptions of the revelries of the Ptolemaic and Roman periods in Egypt.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee and the Department of American Studies at George Washington University.