Creating a King for Eternity


Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Florence D. Friedman, Visiting Scholar, Department of Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University

The smallest of the three Giza pyramids was built for Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty ruler, King Menkaure. In 1908 and 1910, Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition excavators found a series of statues in the king’s valley temple. These masterpieces show Menkaure in the company of various gods and mortals. Florence Friedman will speak about how these statues established Menkaure as not only eternal ruler of Egypt, but also of the entire cosmos.

Lecture. Free and open to the public. 

Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage


This event will be livestreamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page. A recording of this program will be available on our YouTube channel approximately three weeks after the lecture.

Image: King Menkaura, the goddess Hathor, and the deified Hare nome

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura, 2490–2472 B.C.

Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


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