Lecture for Egyptology Scotland by Maxwell Stocker, PhD candidate at the University of St Andrews
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The significance of the relationship between Egyptian and Greek culture over the longue durée has long been a controversial, if largely understudied, topic across multiple disciplines and cultures. This talk will explore the fascinating history of interactions between Egypt and Greece, the ways in which scholars have approached this cross-cultural encounter in the past, why it matters, and why we should study it today. After surveying the current state of the field, the talk then discusses the long-term history of travel literature between Egypt and Greece, exploring some of the most important poems in question, and introducing an ongoing project, based at the University of St Andrews, on this topic.
Maxwell G. Stocker is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews. After reading Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies with Archaeology and Anthropology at University College, Oxford, he attained the Taught MSc in Classics with Distinction from the University of Edinburgh, and the MA in Classics from Texas Tech University, where he held the AT&T Chancellor’s Graduate Recruitment Fellowship and the Cash Family Endowed Graduate General Fellowship. In 2018, he joined the School of Classics at St Andrews as a doctoral researcher, thanks to the generous support of an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland Studentship. His research, on the broadest level, investigates cultural and literary interfaces between Egypt and the Greek world over the second and first millennia BCE.
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