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Ancient Wonders: The Pyramids of Egypt

When:

Thu 3 Mar 2016, 6:15pm–8:15pm
Thu 10 Mar 2016, 6:15pm–8:15pm
Thu 17 Mar 2016, 6:15pm–8:15pm
Thu 24 Mar 2016, 6:15pm–8:15pm

Where: Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Bunny Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard: $120.00
  • Early Bird: $108.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: conted2

“A laborious walk in the flaming sun brought us to the foot of the great Pyramid of Cheops. It was a fairy vision no longer. It was a corrugated, unsightly mountain of stone.” (Mark Twain)

Ancient Egypt’s pyramids have been the topic of passionate debate and theorising for centuries. Who built them? Why were they built? How were they built? These and many other questions have been asked about their practical construction as well as their cosmological purpose.

As the first monumental stone architecture in human history, and including the only extant Wonder of the Ancient World, these stunning superstructures came into existence as the pharaohs established their divinity within the earthly realm. Contemporary with Stonehenge, the pyramids and their creators established an ideology for eternity and a royal burial tradition that lasted for over 1,000 years and continues to influence modern architecture.

This lecture series looks at the evolution of the pyramid as a royal tomb, from step pyramid to true pyramid. We will discuss the changes in design over centuries, the affiliated buildings, the methods of construction, the workforce, and our understanding of the cosmological function of these massive structures.

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