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The Dog in Ancient Egypt

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Course: The Dog in Ancient Egypt
Tutor: Lucia Gahlin
Start Date: 22nd March 2019
Start Time: Dinner
End Date: 24th March 2019
End Time: Lunch
Res Fee (from): £328.00
Non Res Fee: £220.00 What's included?

Was the dog pharaoh’s best friend? This course explores the role of the dog in Ancient Eqyptian society. Prominent in Ancient Egypt as pets and hunting companions, dogs appear in the art of Ancient Egypt, from tomb scenes to humorous sketches. The jackal and other wild canines also featured in the lives of the Ancient Egyptians. Several of the pantheon of ancient Egyptian deities were worshipped as canines. We will focus particularly on Anubis, god of embalming and cemeteries. Intriguingly in the 1st millennium BC canine mummies became a popular votive offering. From jackal deities to ancient dog cartoons, this course will take you from the sublime to the ridiculous! All-comers welcome. 

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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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