Camel, O Camel, come and fetch and carry

31.03.2016 | Toa Klitgaard Riismøller

Dato tor 14 apr
Tid 17:30 19:00
Sted Antikmuseet, Victor Albecks vej 3, bygn. 1414, 8000 Aarhus C

Museum of Ancient Art and Danish Egyptology Society invites you to a lecture about the role of the camel in ancient Egypt.

After the introduction of the camel into Egypt by the Persians, it became the most important beast of burden in the first millennium CE. Camels were used by the Roman military, for transport to the quarries and ports of the eastern desert, and by monasteries throughout the country. In the biography of Saint Menas, it was a camel that determined where he was to be buried, where his cult site was established, and afterwards camels became a standard element on Menas pilgrim flasks. The importance of camels within a monastic context lies at the heart of my paper: the roles camels played, who was responsible for their care, and who benefited from their by-products. The majority of this evidence comes from the 7th and 8th centuries, and is found at sites throughout the Nile Valley.

Lecture by Dr. Jennifer Cromwell, Post.Doc. ToRS, Københavns Universitet

Please be on time, as the doors to the museum will be locked during the lecture. The museum is open from 16.30.

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