Egyptology Scotland Lecture - Burns & Meriamuniotes: Two Families 2000 Years Apart

Hear about the lives of two distinguished families, 2000 years apart, from 200 BC to 1834 and beyond, at this lecture given by Dr Daniel Potter, Assistant Curator at National Museums Scotland!

Egyptology Scotland Lecture - Burns & Meriamuniotes: Two Families 2000 Years Apart

About Egyptology Scotland Lecture - Burns & Meriamuniotes: Two Families 2000 Years Apart

Lecture for Egyptology Scotland by Dr Daniel Potter, Assistant Curator (Ancient Mediterranean) at National Museums Scotland

In 2018-19 an exceptional Ptolemaic statue of a female temple musician was identified in the collections of Montrose Museum during a collections review conducted by National Museums Scotland. For the first time, the owner of this statue can be named and be placed in the context of her wider family. Meramuniotes’ family are represented in objects in museums across the world, highlighting a highly-important family in Ptolemaic Thebes. Her story is linked intimately to the life of the person who brought her to Scotland; the relative of the poet Robert Burns, surgeon, diplomat and scholar, Dr James Burnes. Details of his fascinating journey back to the UK from India, on one of the first commercial journeys through the Red Sea and his time in Cairo can also be told for the first time.

Come and hear about the lives of these two distinguished families, 2000 years apart, from 200 BC to 1834 and beyond.

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