On Friday, November 18, 2011, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (followed by a reception), Dr. Jeremy Pope, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, will present ARCE-DC with a lecture at the Egyptian Embassy, 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC. Click here to visit Google Maps with that address.
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Taharqo in Lower Nubia: Reputation vs. Reality
During the 8th century BCE, Kushite kings based in Upper Nubia extended their authority over Egypt as far as the northern capital of Memphis, where they established themselves as Manetho’s 25th Dynasty. In the process, the Kushite regime would necessarily have crossed the intervening territory of Lower Nubia. Yet, surprisingly, of the first four Kushite kings to exert influence in Egypt, none is attested iconographically,
textually, or architecturally in Lower Nubia. Only with the reign of Taharqo (690-664 BCE) does a Kushite royal presence become visible within the region. A number of recent books dealing with the 25th Dynasty have in fact attributed to Taharqo’s reign a thorough reorganization of Lower Nubia, as manifested in a vast network of temples and fortresses. This lecture will challenge that interpretation through a closer examination of the evidence, illustrating the various methods by which archaeologists assign dates to artifacts and architecture—and how neglect of those methods can yield misleading conclusions.
Jeremy Pope is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the College of William & Mary. He completed his doctorate in Egyptology within the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where he was also advanced to candidacy for a separate doctorate in African History within the Department of History. He has excavated at Jebel Barkal in Kareima, Sudan, as a member of the American Section of the University of Rome Archaeological Mission, and at the Mut Precinct
of Karnak in Egypt, as a member of the Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Mission. In 2001, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship, and in 2005 a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. In 2009, his lecture on a 3rd-century Demotic inscription from Philae was
chosen as the Best Student Paper at the annual ARCE meeting in Dallas, Texas. He is currently preparing for publication his doctoral dissertation, entitled “The Double Kingdom Under Taharqo: Studies in the History of Kush and Egypt, ca. 690-664 BC.”