Join us for our March 2019 talk, delving into the life of 19th Dynasty Pharaoh Ramesses I, his unexpected identification at the Niagara Falls Museum, and subsequent journey home by the SSEA’s own Gayle Gibson. It will take place on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Gayle Gibson


Thursday, March 7 at 7.30 pm


Sidney Smith Hall

Room 1074

100 St. George Street

Toronto, ON


General Paramessu was Horemheb’s right-hand-man and Vizier. Together they restored peace, order, and good government to Egypt after the Amarna period. When Horemheb died childless, his old friend was crowned, in part because he brought with him the next generations: his brilliant, handsome, son, General Seti, and Seti’s red-haired son, Ramesses. Nothing in Paramessu’s long and full life prepared the old soldier for his posthumous travels, which saw him moved back and forth across the Canada-US border several times (always with a good view of Niagara Falls,) travel to Atlanta Georgia, and finally fly back home to Egypt where his mummy  received a royal hero’s welcome. This lecture hopes to tell a little of his life, and how a body misidentified as Nefertiti was discovered to be Ramesses I, one of Egypt’s missing kings.

Speaker Bio

Gayle Gibson took degrees in English Language and Literature and Theatre Arts at the University of Toronto before turning to the formal study her life-long love, Ancient Egyptian Language and Literature. She taught a wide variety of subjects at the Royal Ontario Museum for 25 years, and continues, as a Departmental Associate, to assist with cataloguing and online publication of Ancient Egyptian artifacts. She served ten years at National President of the SSEA and is currently vice-president of the national body and president of SSEA Toronto. Mummies and coffins are her specialties.

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