Egypt’s Romantic Ramesseum: A Ruined Temple and its Fallen Colossus


Day course

Lucia Gahlin

9 June 2023

9:00 am to 4:00 pm


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The archaeological site known today as the Ramesseum is one of Egypt’s most romantic of ruined temples: home to colossal fallen statuary, inspiration for Percy Bysshe Shelley’s sonnet ‘Ozymandias’.

This magnificent memorial temple was built in stone by the pharaoh Ramesses II (c1279 – 1213 BC), but it was once surrounded by fascinating buildings of mudbrick. We will be sure to also explore these, as well as the use of this site as a cemetery well before and after the 13th Century BC.

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Lucia Gahlin has been teaching Egyptology courses for Dillington House since 2006. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, and lectures throughout the UK. She has a close affiliation with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London and has been Registrar for Barry Kemp’s archaeological expedition at Tell el Amarna in Middle Egypt. She regularly leads tours to Egypt, and her publications include Egypt. Gods, Myths and Religion, and chapters in The Egyptian World (ed. Toby Wilkinson). She is Chair of the Friends of the Petrie Museum and an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society.

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