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Gayle Gibson: Tutankhamun: A Body of Evidence (Audio)

March 18th, 2010

Was Tutankhamun murdered? Was his tomb cursed? We review the physical evidence revealed by medical science and recent scholarship to determine what did happen to the young man, and consider what his bones reveal about his life.

Featuring Gayle Gibson, Educator, Royal Ontario Museum.

Recorded: February 24, 2010 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:26:42

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Roberta Shaw: Glamour and Vogue in Ancient Egypt (Audio)

March 15th, 2010

Roberta Shaw

The people who lived in ancient Egypt were as absorbed in personal adornment as the fashionistas of today. A remarkable archaeological record of their clothing, cosmetics and, above all, their fabulous jewelry allows us to recreate their high fashion “looks” over some three millennia. Roberta Shaw discusses all the accoutrements that went into producing their idea of perfect personal beauty.

Recorded: March 3, 2010 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:19:46

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Tutankhamun in context: the political and religious landscapes of Amarna and Thebes (Audio)

March 10th, 2010

Dr. Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner

Tutankhamun lived in “interesting times.” He grew up in the royal court at Amarna, and was ultimately buried in western Thebes. Archaeological evidence from these sites provides crucial insights into the dynamic religious and political changes that took place during Tutankhamun’s rule.

With Dr. Mary-Ann Pouls Wegner, Associate Professor of Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Toronto.

Recorded: January 27 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:19:46

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David Silverman: The Unity of Art and Writing in Ancient Egypt (Audio)

March 10th, 2010

David Silverman

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.

Dr. David Silverman is the National Curator, Advisor and Academic Content Creator for Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.

Recorded: Wednesday February 3 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:20:34

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