An Ancient Egyptian Online Study Day!

The Expression of Time in the Ancient Egyptian Language
By Dr. Edmund S. Meltzer

The ancient Egyptian language is overflowing with expressions and descriptions of time. There are many words in the Egyptian vocabulary for time, intervals and units of time, and the passage of time. The meaning of some of these is  debated by Egyptologists. We will start with some general contexts concerning the Egyptian idea of time and proceed to what I think are some intriguing puzzles and paradoxes. I hope to provide a window into some issues of the Egyptian language system that non-Egyptologists will be able to look through.

Sequence and ordering of actions is expressed by many forms, but tense (past-present-future time fields) seems to grow in prominence as the millennia unfold. Many Egyptologists have thought that aspect (repeated or continuous action vs. momentary or single action) was foundationally important to the Egyptian language, but this has been questioned by some (including me). What are we to conclude from the observation that “When?” questions seem to be very scarce for most of the ancient period? There were major religious festivals and other contexts in which “sacred time” seems to be applicable, so what does it mean or imply that words in the semantic field of “sacred” are hardly ever used to modify words signifying time?

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The Dendera Round Zodiac: How the Experts Got It So Wrong
By Joanne Conman

The most famous zodiac from Ptolemaic Egypt needs to be understood and interpreted in context with its contemporaries. This talk will examine errors of the Enlightenment-era that have become the dogma of Egyptologists, archaeoastronomers, and fringe theorists alike. We will explore how the original errors were made and consider why valid objections to them were ignored. We’ll consider better approaches to discovering the correct identities of certain figures in the art.

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Synchronicity and a Meaningful Universe
By Ray Grasse

This talk will explore some of the broader implications of Jung’s theory of synchronicity, or “meaningful coincidence.” We’ll consider some of the ways this concept resonates with the teachings of history’s great mystics and philosophers, as well as how it does–and doesn’t–coincide with the findings of quantum physics.

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