• Title: Egyptian Iconography in the Ancient Near and Middle East
  • When: Wednesday, March 2 to March 23, 2022 at 7 pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Chana Algarvio (MA Student at the University of Toronto)
  • Where: Online via Zoom (link will be sent prior to the course start date)
  • Cost: $60/members; $80/non-members
  • Payment Options: See form attached above
  • Description: This course will look at the various foreign societies that assimilated Egyptian symbols and motifs with local iconography to serve foreign contexts and needs, particularily in regards to kingship and religion. Beginning with the Middle Bronze Age and the first occurrence of Egyptian iconographic acculturation that took place in the Levant, this course will trace Egyptian cultural diffusion via art up to the Achaemenid Empire before the spread of Hellenism by Alexander the Great in the 4th-century BCE. A variety of primary source materials in the form of art mediums will be examined, such as cylinder seals, statues, ivories, and wall reliefs, from online collection databases of prominent museums and art galleries around the world. Foreign art will be compared to contemporary or pre-existing Egyptian art to solidify the similarities, as well as to demonstrate the divergences due to the need to readapt to a different cultural context. Designed for both Egyptologists and non-Egyptologists alike, this course is meant to help bring together a variety of disciplines to understand cross-cultural relations of the Ancient Mediterranean world and their influences through art practices.


  • Title: Sexuality in Ancient Egypt
  • When: Tuesdays, April 5 to April 26, 2022 at 7 pm (EST)
  • Instructor: Dr. Dawn Power
  • Where: Online via Zoom (link will be sent prior to the course start date)
  • Cost: $60/members; $80/non-members
  • Payment Options: See form attached here
  • Description: This course will cover a wide range of topics including aphrodisiacs, sexual imagery, contraception, same sex desire, sex for procreation v. pleasure, and of course the famous Turin Erotic Papyrus. During this course we will read various passages from the literary text corpus in order to discuss the ways in which the Egyptians thought about sex.  This will be followed by a look at various types of artefacts to support the way in which sex was viewed and thought about in ancient Egypt.  We will also look at how sex was viewed in relation to the gods v. the public.  This will then be supported by a wide variety of archaeological material.  From this it will be shown how iconography can be used to indicate sexual desire and pleasure.  The archaeology evidence will be divided into two categories, 1) iconography/textual and 2) physical material, in order to demonstrate a connection between what is depicted and what has actually been found to help provide a concrete basis for sexuality in ancient Egyptian society.
Turin Erotic Papyrus

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