2023 William Foxwell Albright Lecture to Feature Dr. Christian Leitz

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Dr. Christian Leitz, Professor of Egyptology and Director of the Institute of Egyptology at the University of Tübingen, presents a lecture titled “The Temple of the Lion-Goddess Repit in Athribis.” The lecture will take place on March 27, 2023, at 5:30pm in Mergenthaler 111 on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University. There will be a reception immediately following the lecture in the Gilman Atrium.

Abstract: Athribis lies on the west bank of the Nile about 15 kilometres southwest of Sohag, today’s provincial capital. The most important building is the temple of Repit and Min. Construction on the temple began under Ptolemy XII and was completed in stages by subsequent Roman emperors of the 1st century AD. In 2003 the University of Tübingen in cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities launched a large project to excavate, renovate and publish the more than 1200 reliefs and inscriptions of the temple, an enterprise which has recently be finished. The temple itself is now open for visitors. The lecture provides an overview about the unique decoration of the temple which is in fact the largest mammisi or birth-house conserved in Egypt. Among the highlights of the temple are the three Punt chambers with the reliefs of the myrrh trees or the 110 column-long hymn to the god Min with a parallel to the Min festival in the temple of Medinet Habu.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Foundation.