On 11 June 2016 at 15:00

"I have reached the sky as a grasshopper...” . The role and the meaning of the grasshopper in ancient Egypt

Jan Koek

The lecture will first consider the zoological characteristics of the grasshopper. Then the speaker will provide an overview of the grasshopper in ancient Egypt in texts and on pictures.

Thereafter we will try to answer the following questions:

-        Did the ancient Egyptians consider the grasshoppers as a plague?

-        Why are some objects, such as  amulets, oil lamps, scarabs, toilet boxes, necklaces and bracelets, decorated with grasshoppers?

-        Had the grasshopper a religious meaning in ancient Egypt? 



Au Vieux Saint Martin - First floor


On 11 June 2016 at 15:00

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Jan Koek

Jan Koek is Chairman of Mehen, Studycentre of ancient Egypt (www.mehen.nl).

For more than 25 years already, he guides special tours to Egypt and to Egyptian museum collections all over the world and gives lectures and courses about ancient Egypt. He is treasurer of the Theban Mountains Foundation.