The War Scenes of Ramesses II and Merenptah at Karnak: Its Dating and Historical Implications
Date: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Location: Seelig, Naylor Student Center, SWBTS
This lecture will examine the dating and historical background of two sets of war scenes on the south wall of the Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak and the adjacent western wall of the "Cour de la Cachette." Scholars have hotly debated the date of the "Cachette" war scenes, with some viewing them as originally the work of Ramesses II while others conclude they were made by his son and successor Merenptah. The question of dating has historical implications for the history and foreign relations of Egypt during the Nineteenth Dynasty. Moreover, the question of Merenptah's authorship of the "Cachette" war scenes strongly suggests that the battle scenes on this wall might represent the people of early Israel who are mentioned in the king's famous "Israel Stela."
Dr. Peter Brand is a professor of history and Egyptology at the University of Memphis. His focus is the history and culture of the New Kingdom, particularly in the late 18th Dynasty and Ramesside Periods. He uses a multi-disciplinary approach in his research and teaching that includes history, art, language, and epigraphy. He has authored multiple published works and currently directs the Karnak Great Hypostyle Hall Project, which SWBTS joing in 2016.
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