On 07 June 2013 at 16:00

« J’étais un graveur aux doigts habiles ». Graver une porte à Karnak sous les Ptolémées

Dr. René Preys

During the Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BCE), the monumental doorway of the temple of Amun in Karnak was rebuild and decorated. Since 2010, a joined mission of the University of Brussels (ULB), the Leuven University (KULeuven) and the University of Namur (UN) in collaboration with the Centre franco-égyptien pour l’Etude des Temples de Karnak (CFEETK) is studying the monument.

The decoration of the gate is particularly well preserved allowing a study of the monument from different points of view. As the main access to the sanctuary of the god Amun, the decoration is of course of great theological importance. It can be considered as a resume of the theological ideas about Amun during the Graeco-Roman period. But the perfect state of the decoration permits us to look at it from a more ‘down to earth’ point of view. Indeed, the research has given us a unique insight on the workmen and the artists that decorated these walls. It enables us to follow their efforts, step by step from the engraving until the painting. A close look at the reliefs learns us about their abilities but also about the mistakes they made and the ways they tried to fix them. 

(This lecture will be given in French)



Cercle de Lorraine


On 07 June 2013 at 16:00

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Dr. René Preys

Egyptologist and invited Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Université de Namur (Belgium), Dr. René Preys is also President of Egyptologica asbl.

His main research project is the Leuven Online Index of Ptolemaic and Roman Hieroglyphic Texts (KULeuven). Transcription and translation of texts from the temples of the Graeco-Roman period: http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/ptt/


The vocabulary will be included in the Wörterbuch der aegyptischen Sprache published on the web in collaboration with Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin (http://aaew2.bbaw.de/tla/).