ARCE Georgia Chapter: James Breasted and the Beginning of American Egyptology
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Presented by: Dr. Emily Teeter; Oriental Institute, University of Chicago(Retired)
- 4:00 PM Georgia
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James Henry Breasted (1865-1935), the founder of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, is one of the most important figures in the growth of Egyptology in North America. With the spectacular synergy of this vision and charisma, Breasted changed the way that Americans regard ancient Egypt. Every aspect of American Egyptology- the growth of museum collections, the rise of popular books on Egypt, the introduction of the subject into classroom curricula, the interpretation of the tomb of Tutankhamun, even abortive plans to build a spectacular new Museum in Cairo- bore Breasted's stamp and influence. Egyptologist Emily Teeter will discuss the remarkable life and career of this great American scholar who incidentally has a connection to beginning of the Carlos Museum in Atlanta.
About Emily Teeter:
Emily Teeter, PhD, is an Associate of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. Until her retirement, she was, for many years, the Egyptologist in the Oriental Institute Museum. She is the author of many academic books and articles, as well as more popular works. She has been a consultant for installations of Egyptian collections in museums throughout American. She is a past President of ARCE and currently the Editor of JARCE, ARCE's academic journal. She has a special interest in the history of Egyptology, and she is currently writing a history of the University of Chicago's Epigraphic Survey.
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