A Ten-Lecture Series on Ancient Egyptian Mythology

A Ten-Lecture Series on Ancient Egyptian Mythology

Lydia E. Ringwald (B.A. Scripps College – Comparative Literature. M.A.University of California Irvine – Comparative Literature. Ph.D. (candidate), University of Connecticut)

University of Philosophical Research Professor Lydia E. Ringwald shares insights into Ancient Egyptian mythology in a series of 10 lectures that explore a spiritual belief system with a pantheon of gods and goddesses that inspired some of the most astounding art, artifacts and architecture in the history of humankind.

In Ancient Egyptian culture, art was a magical conduit to eternity. The act of making art was a magical act. Art treasures exhumed by archeologists from pyramids, temples and tombs: paintings, sculpture, bas relief and emblematic artifacts; jewelry, mirrors and palettes had magical meaning that represented mythological concepts and stories. In a visually vivid powerpoint presentation of world renown and recently discovered art treasures, we explore the mythological consciousness of this ancient culture that continues to inspire us today.

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Lecture 1: A Pantheon of Gods and Goddesses – Emblems for Eternity. Saturday, March 14th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

In this lecture, Professor Lydia Ringwald shares insights into the cult meanings of the Ankh, Eye of Horus, Eye of Ra, Scarab, Was and the Djed Pillar and the pantheon of Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses: Nun and Nunet, Atem and Mut, Geb and Nut, Osiris, Isis, Set and Nepthys, Anubis, Thoth, Hathor, Baset, Sekhmet.

Lecture 2: The Myth of Osiris and Isis – Sacred Recycling – Resurrection. Saturday, March 14th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

Professor Lydia E. Ringwald explores in depth the myth of Osiris and Isis, concepts of resurrection and sacred recycling as the basis of the mythological belief systems of the Ancient Egyptians.

Lecture 3: Sacred Sites – History of Ancient Egypt. Saturday, April 11th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

The archeological sites of Upper and Lower Egypt tell the 3000 year history of Ancient Egypt, a civilization whose magical mythology inspires us as a model for the future. In a vivid slide presentation, Professor Lydia E. Ringwald shares insights into history and mystery of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the temples in Luxor and Karnak, tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens, as well as prominent cult sites in Saqaara, Memphis, Dashur, Philae and Aswan.

Lecture 4: Journey through the Underworld – The Book of the Dead, The Book of Gates. Saturday, April 11th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

The papyrus scrolls of the Book of the Dead, the sculpted and painted bas-relief on tomb walls of the Book of Gates, are a code to the passage through death to eternal life. Explore mythological concepts of the Afterlife with Lydia E. Ringwald in this fascinating lecture that includes insights into the sacred Pyramid Texts, coffin paintings, Shabti, amulets inscribed with powerful incantations and spells.

Lecture 5: Pharaohs and Queens. Saturday, April 25th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

There are pivotal points in any culture, times of rapid progress, where innovation and the evolution of ideas hurl consciousness forward. Great leaders have the vision to develop the culture and move its mythology to a new level. In this lecture, we will explore the artistic accomplishments, architectural feats and mythological innovations during the reign of some of Ancient Egypt’s greatest Pharaohs and Queens. The practices of Priests and Priestesses, who honored both gods and goddesses, have a message for us today.

Lecture 6: The Amarna PeriodSaturday, April 25th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

Akhenaten, a Pharaoh of the Amarna period is an anomaly, a unique aberration in Ancient Egypt’s mythological tradition. This lecture explores an experiment in monotheism, worship of the sun god Aten that disrupted the traditions of the past but was a harbinger for the future. Conflict with monotheism during the reign of Akhenaten and his wife Queen Nefertiti resulted in a reverse back to traditional values. However, the art, architecture and literary achievement of the Amarna period, represent a high point civilization of Ancient Egypt.

Lecture 7: T he History of Archeology in EgyptSaturday, May 9th, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45pm

Scholars and visitors to Egypt; from the Greek historian Herodotus to Napoleon’s savants, from the expeditions of the Egypt Exploration Society to the research of archeologists from major universities today, have uncovered treasures of art and architecture, revealing insights into the wisdom of the Ancient Egyptian civilization. In this lecture, we will explore the intriguing history of archeology in Egypt and learn more about the astounding discoveries of Egypt’s most prominent archeologists.

Lecture 8: The Ptolemaic EraSaturday, May 9th, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

The Ptolemaic Era represents the final phase of the 3000-year history Ancient Egypt. Alexander the Great conquered a civilization that he admired so much that a city, Alexandria, was named in his honor, and he became an honorary Egyptian Pharaoh. The Ptolemy’s, Greeks by origin, ruled Egypt for another 300 years after Alexander’s conquest, continuing and contributing to Ancient Egypt’s architecture and art, its sacred deities and traditions. In a grand finale, Cleopatra, Egypt’s last Queen and Pharaoh attempted a trucemwith the leaders of Roman Empire, only to succumb to their power in the end.

Lecture 9: Influence of Ancient Egyptian Mythology, Occultism. Saturday, May 23rd, 10:30am-11:30am / Q&A 11:30-11:45am

The pattern of resurrection and rebirth, inherent in the myth of Isis and Osiris, infliltrated later belief systems with interesting parallels to early Christianity. Occult philosophers preserved the mysteries of Ancient Egyptian mythology and cultivated new systems of thinking in early Hermeticism. In this lecture, we explore the transition from the ancient Osirian mythological belief patterns in early Christianity.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, occult thinkers, Aleister Crowley and Madame Blavatsky traveled to Egypt, to explore mysteries of the ancient past and develop occult knowledge integrating ideas from the mythology of the ancients into new ideas and belief systems that would influence the future.

Lecture 10: EgyptomaniaSaturday, May 23rd, 1:00pm-2:00pm / Q&A 2:00-2:15pm

Fascination with Ancient Egyptian culture and mythology has inspired artistry and creativity in later periods of time. In this lecture, we explore the creative art spawned by Ancient Egyptian mythology and civilization. The image of the Sphinx and the Obelisk inspired new art masterpieces. The historical artworks of the Pre-Raphaelites and explorer artists David Roberts, Orientalist painter Jean-Leon Gerome reveal insights into the astounding past. Motifs of Ancient Egyptian mythology appear in dance choreographies of Ruth St. Denis and early silent films from the 1920′s up to the technologically advanced film making of our time.