The Egypt Study Society (ESS) is an organization for people who are interested in ancient Egypt. ESS welcomes anyone with similar interests to participate. ESS programs include lectures, slide and video presentations, seminars, hands on workshops, and an annual picnic. Well known egyptologists and knowledgeable ESS members make presentations throughout the year.
You can find the latest lectures by visiting Next Lecture page or the Upcoming Lectures page. You can view our monthly newsletter, The Scribe's Palette, for current info about ESS and news about ancient Egypt. You can read the full archive of our journal, The Ostracon.
Our society is a non-profit educational organization based in Denver, Colorado, USA, and is an associate group of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Many ESS members assit the DMNS with exhibitions and projects connected with Egypt.
We are used to seeing statues from ancient Egypt in museums where they are admired for their beauty and craftsmanship. But it is often overlooked that they played many roles in Egyptian religious cults. This lecture will describe the rituals that accompanied the construction of statues, the different forms of images and their significance, how statues functioned in temples and tombs, in festivals, in private cult devotion, and their economic and even political importance.
Emily Teeter received her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. She is a Research Associate and Egyptologist at the university’s Oriental Institute Museum. She is the author of many books and articles, including Religion and Ritual in Ancient Egypt; Baked Clay Figurines and Votive Beds from Medinet Habu, and she is co-author of Egypt and the Egyptians which has appeared in Arabic and Turkish editions. She is a former President of the American Research Center in Egypt.