"Features of a Normal Day in Alexandria in May 175 CE" in a Lecture at the BA

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum organizes a lecture entitled “School Activities, a Funeral, a Theatrical Show, and a Political Debate: Features of a Normal Day in Alexandria in May 175 CE”. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 2:00 pm, at Khadijah Palace, affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Helwan, Cairo. The lecture will be given by Prof. Sobhi Ashour, Professor of Greco-Roman Art and Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and Culture, Faculty of Arts, Helwan University.

The lecture will discuss monuments of different categories that belong to a specific cultural and archaeological context. Interpreting these objects tells many stories about their users and their lifestyle. Written documents usually provide direct evidence on public or private affairs, with richly detailed administrative or literary subjects.

The speaker will try to discern the daily lives of the users of specific monuments and documents, belonging to the educational, funerary, artistic, and political aspects in Alexandria, Egypt, during the second century CE. The aim is to explore the mental structure of the people as well as their cultural backgrounds and individual responses to the circumstances of their own time. Additionally, the speaker will try to capture some shots of the Alexandrian daily life, guided by monuments and written documents.