By Jordan Speed
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – A discussion on April 11, 2013 at Camden County College’s Blackwood campus will explore the roles of women in ancient Egyptian society.
Roles to be discussed at the event, titled “Women in Ancient Egypt,” will include Egyptian women’s celebration as mistresses of the household and priestesses in service to Egyptian goddesses, to divine mothers and fearsome destroyers, from humble servants to queens and even female kings, according to the event details page on camdencc.edu. Associate Curator of University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology’s Egyptian Section, Dr. Jennifer Wegner, will give the talk.
Wegner was not available for comment.
Camden County College sophomore Lakita Helms says that learning about women in ancient Egypt is important for comparing modern times to ancient Egyptian times. “I think it’s important because I like learning things back in history and compare it to now-a-days.” Helms also says that there are similarities between ancient Egypt and today’s America. Like today’s America, disparities between ancient Egyptians’ rights were based on differences in social class.
CCC sophomore and history major Hank Azzario says that America can learn from ancient Egypt’s treatment of women. “Being a woman in ancient Egypt did not limit them, but empowered them.” Azzario says that he will be attending “Women in Ancient Egypt.”
“Women in Ancient Egypt” is a part of the free public lecture series “Hidden Histories of Ancient Egypt.” “Hidden Histories of Ancient Egypt“ will explore some of the lesser known aspects of Egyptian culture such as the searching of tombs of the Last Pharoahs of Egypt’s 12th Dynasty, daily life in ancient Egypt and more, according to the article detail page on camdencc.edu. The series was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities.
“Women in Ancient Egypt” will take place in Civic Hall in the Connector Building on Camden County College’s Blackwood Campus, College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road, Gloucester Township. It will begin at 7 p.m. on April 11, 2013.
For more information on the “Women in Ancient Egypt” discussion or “Hidden Histories of Ancient Egypt” series, call 856-227-7200, email CCLRregistrations@camdencc.edu or visit http://www.camdencc.edu/civiccenter.