A high proportion of what is known about Egyptian society derives from tombs and the world of the dead. Despite the presence of vast numbers of scenes of food, drink, and preparations for eating and drinking on ancient
Egyptian monuments, images of people partaking in what is shown, whether separately or together, are rather few. In this lecture, Dr. John Baines, Emeritus Professor of Egyptology, Oxford University, discusses likely features of conviviality and elite settings—including structures in which banquets might have taken place, as well as conventions that limit the range of what was shown in pictorial and textual sources, as well as elements of material culture. Sponsored by the American Research Center in Egypt—Pennsylvania Chapter. For more information, visit www.arce-pa.org.