Marjorie Venit, Ph.D., will discuss “Egypt as Metaphor: Decoration and the Afterlife in the Monumental Tombs of Ancient Alexandria” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, Miller Nichols Learning Center, room 452, 800 E. 51st St.
Venit explores the intersection of Egyptian and Greek (or Roman) decorative elements and motifs in Alexandrian monumental tombs and the eschatological climate that permitted and encouraged the convergence. She proposes that Greeks adopted and adapted Egyptian modes of expression in order to fill a void in their own visual repertoire at a time when visualizing the road to the afterlife became more acutely essential.
Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available on Level 5 of the Cherry Street Parking Garage, 5000 Cherry St.
Venit is a professor at the University of Maryland where she specializes in the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean world with an emphasis on the Greek center and its periphery, considered both geographically and temporally.
Particularly interested in the intersection of cultures and ethnicities, she has excavated at Tel Anafa, Israel, and Mendes, Egypt and is the author of “Monumental Tombs of Ancient Alexandria: The Theater of the Dead and Greek Painted Pottery from Naukratis in Egyptian Museums.” Her book projects have been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kress Foundation and the J.P Getty Trust.
Among her national awards are a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship and fellowships from the American Research Center in Egypt, the American Association of University Women and the American Philosophical Societys.
For additional information, call 816-235-6257 or visit UMKC Libraries.