Florence Gould Theater
Dr. Catharine Roehrig is curator of the department of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Malqata is the site of the mud-brick palace-city of Amenhotep III (ca. 1390–1353 BC) constructed for his first Heb-Sed, a rejuvenation festival that traditionally took place in year thirty of a king’s reign and periodically thereafter. Used only for Amenhotep’s three jubilees, the city was abandoned after his death and survives as a town site dating to a single reign. Ongoing excavations have uncovered temples, palaces, urban zones, and workmen’s villages. The speaker will explore what Amenhotep III intended when he commissioned Malqata and its adjoining harbor. This lecture is held in memory of Cathleen A. Keller, professor of Egyptology, Near Eastern Studies department, UC Berkeley.