The Egypt Study Society (ESS) is an organization for people who are interested in ancient Egypt. ESS welcomes anyone with similar interests to participate. ESS programs include lectures, slide and video presentations, seminars, hands on workshops, and an annual picnic. Well known egyptologists and knowledgeable ESS members make presentations throughout the year.
You can find the latest lectures by visiting Next Lecture page or the Upcoming Lectures page. You can view our monthly newsletter, The Scribe's Palette, for current info about ESS and news about ancient Egypt. You can read the full archive of our journal, The Ostracon.
Our society is a non-profit educational organization based in Denver, Colorado, USA, and is an associate group of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Many ESS members assit the DMNS with exhibitions and projects connected with Egypt.
Traditional narratives of Egyptian history have focused on the lives and achievements of male rulers. But what about the rest of Egyptian society? Did women do more than sit around the house sniffing lotuses all day? What job opportunities were available to women (and men)? How could people accumulate property and wealth? Were women active agents in the male- dominated power structure of ancient Egypt? Using snapshots based on real people who lived and died more than 4000 years ago, this lecture will look at the Old Kingdom through (mostly) female eyes. We will explore emerging narratives of Old Kingdom life drawn from the work of contemporary Egyptologists, with examples of the evidence that supports these revisionist views.
Bio: Katharine (Joni) Teter received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Colorado. She spent her professional career in the environmental arena, working on issues of environmental degradation, climate change and sustainability. She is a Fulbright Scholar (Egypt) and a lifelong Egyptophile - one who is very grateful that ESS is here to feed her addiction! Now that Joni is retired, she is indulging her Egypt passion through extensive research into the origins of the Egyptian state.