April 11, 2014
Egyptologist Maggie Geoga will read the ancient Egyptian story “The Doomed Prince” at the Bowtie Project on the site of Michael Parker’s The Unfinished. Dating from the 18th Dynasty and translated from Hieratic text, the story is one of the most frustrating and famous of the ancient Egyptian texts. Preserved on Papyrus in the British Museum of London, the original ending of the story was lost in an explosion. Eternally incomplete, the story has been translated dozens of times and the ending continually speculated upon by readers and scholars alike for decades.
Maggie Geoga is a graduate student in Egyptology at Brown University, where she studies ancient Egyptian language and literature. She has worked at the Field Museum in Chicago, assisting in the collection and analysis of CT scans of Egyptian human and animal mummies and working on the Predynastic Project. Her research interests include ancient Egyptian conceptions of truth and fiction in historical writing, the transmission of narrative texts across time and space, the love songs of Deir el-Medina, and mortuary religion in the Pyramid Texts.
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