The Cat in Ancient Egypt

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Course: The Cat in Ancient Egypt
Tutor: Lucia Gahlin
Start Date: 23rd March 2018
Start Time: Dinner
End Date: 25th March 2018
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £321.00
Non Res Fee: £215.00 What's included?

This course brings you the truth about the cat in Ancient Egypt. It is a commonly held misconception that cats were worshipped in Ancient Egypt, but this was not the case. Cats were appreciated as rat-catchers, and enjoyed as pets, but not worshipped. Images of the cat were used as a means of visualizing some of the many ancient Egyptian deities, and in the first millennium BC, the cult temple of the cat-form goddess Bastet at Bubastis in Egypt’s Eastern Delta became a favoured place of pilgrimage, and cat mummies became a popular votive offering. Cats also feature in the literature of Ancient Egypt, and in a variety of paintings, reliefs, and drawings. We will explore these varied references and images, and will unpick the related symbolism. From cat-form goddesses to ancient cat cartoons, this course will include many aspects of ancient Egyptian social history, religion and culture.

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Lucia Gahlin

Lucia Gahlin

Lucia Gahlin is an Honorary Research Associate at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, teaches Egyptology for the University of Exeter, and lectures widely throughout the country. She has worked extensively in the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London, and has been Registrar for Barry Kemp’s archaeological expedition at Tell el Amarna in Middle Egypt. She leads tours to Egypt, and her publications include Egypt. Gods, Myths and Religion (Anness, 2001), and chapters in The Egyptian World (ed. Toby Wilkinson, Routledge, 2007). She is Chair of the Friends of the Petrie Museum, Deputy Director of Bloomsbury Summer School, and an accredited NADFAS lecturer.

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