Popular egyptologist to speak at the Bruce Museum

“Egyptomania” will be the hot topic at Professor Bob Brier’s lecture on Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m., at the Bruce Museum.

Professor Brier will present a slide lecture that will focus on why society is so fascinated with ancient Egypt. He’ll describe some of the events that fanned the flames of Egyptomania including Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign, the opening of the Suez Canal, and metropolitan cities such as Paris and New York bringing obelisks to their shores.

Perhaps the greatest boost to Egyptomania was Howard Carter’s discovery of the intact tomb of Tutankhamen, but the frenzy didn’t stop there. Later, in the 1970s, traveling exhibitions of the boy-king’s treasures kept the momentum going.

Professor Brier will show many images of the collectibles that these events inspired, from a beautiful Wedgewood Egyptian tea service to mechanical lead pencils in the shapes of mummies and coffins.

Professor Brier’s face might be familiar to some, as he has hosted many TV documentaries, including Secret of the Great Pyramid for National Geographic, Mummy Detective, a three-part series, and several for TLC including The Murder of Tutankhamen. He has been widely published in many magazines and his most recent book Egyptomania — Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs will be available at the lecture.

This event is sponsored by the Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (AAG), and is free to AAG, Bruce Museum members, and students with ID. Tickets are $15 for all others at the door.

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