February 7, 2023 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
1214 Moore Humanities and Research Administration (MHRA) Building, UNC Greensboro
Join UNCG’s Classical Studies Department for a lecture delivered by Dr. Lindsey Mazurek of Indiana University, Bloomington:
Title: “Imagining a Greek Home for an Egyptian Goddess: Time, Landscape, and Architecture in Greek Sanctuaries to Isis”
Abstract: When Isis first arrived on Greek shores in the 3rd century BCE, her new followers had to build sanctuaries appropriate to an Egyptian goddess. In the process of imagining a place for their Greek Isis to dwell, devotees came up with a wide range of eclectic solutions that intertwined local needs, imperialist fantasy, and fantastical chronology.
These sanctuaries do not draw from contemporaneous Egyptian art and architecture, but rather from Greek stereotypes about Egypt and the Nile River. Isis’ Greek temples, Mazurek argues, allowed Greek devotees to imagine Egypt in a way that responded to their own experiences as provincial subjects of the Roman Empire.
Free and open to the public.