Jacco Dieleman- Risk & Textual Amulets

Risk and Fortune in Ancient Egypt, 
or How to Make a Textual Amulet

           © Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN / Christian Larrieu

Dr. Jacco Dieleman 

Friday, April 13th, 2018
6:30 pm: Pre-Lecture Reception ($5.00/person)
7:00 pm: Lecture (Free)

Life was hard, risky, and often unfair in the ancient world. Bad luck, disease, and violence could cut a life short at any moment. Ancient Egyptians explained misfortune and inequity as the work of demons, angry gods, and mischievous wizards. To protect against their inflictions, Egyptians would wear amulets of various kinds, including short charms written on a small papyrus sheet hung as a folded packet around the neck. Such textual amulets are attested for the New Kingdom up to the Roman period. In this talk I will discuss how the Egyptians made and used these charms, what troubles the spells claim to alleviate, and what changes in manufacture might have to say about the shifting roles and identity of ritual experts in ancient Egypt. After the talk you will be able to make your own textual amulet at home--if you need one.

Jacco Dieleman received his training in Egyptology, Greek Papyrology, and Comparative Literature at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and the University of Würzburg in Germany. He received his PhD from the University of Leiden in 2003 on a dissertation on the nature and function of bilingualism and translation in two related magic handbooks from Roman Egypt. He taught Egyptology at UCLA from 2003-2017, where he also served as the Director of the Center for the Study of Religion from 2011 to 2012.

His current research focuses on the transformation of Egyptian scribal culture and ritual in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, which he pursues in two related projects. He is editing a hieratic-demotic manuscript preserving the instructions and incantations adapted from temple handbooks for a private individual (Artemis Liturgical Papyrus). The other project studies the nature, use, and development of textual amulets in ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean.

He has been a residential fellow at several research institutes: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World of New York University (2010-11); the Morphomata Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities of the University of Cologne (2014-15); Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (fall 2016); Davis Center for Historical Studies, Princeton University (spring 2017).

**This event takes place in Alexandria**
505 East Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA 22314
Across the street from Braddock road Metro station.
Venue sponsored by  Maria & Richard Calderon and

Also at the lecture:

During the Pre-Lecture Reception, there will be a raffle for items such as journals, jewelry, DVDs, etc. ARCE-DC members receive an extra raffle ticket.

Meet-the-Speaker & Networking Dinner: 

Immediately after the lecture, join ARCE-DC members and guests for a dinner with the speaker. We will meet at Lena's Woodfired Pizza and Tap-- located just a few blocks away. Each attendee pays for their own dinner and contributes an extra $5.00 to defray the cost of the speaker's dinner.  RSVP to Carol Boyer at ccboyer@comcast.net