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Ancient Egypt Rediscovered: A Journey Through the "Description de l'Égypte"

2023.11.15 17:30

Online via Zoom

Join our first seminar, of the 'Ancient Egypt Rediscovered' series, which dives deep into the vast world of Egyptology and the mark left by the monumental publication of the Description de l'Egypte.

In 1798, Napoleon's unprecedented expedition to Egypt combined military might with scholarly curiosity. More than 150 scientists, engineers, and scholars joined his 50,000-strong army. They meticulously documented Egypt's landscapes, biodiversity, and the treasures of ancient Egypt, including iconic sites like Luxor, Philae, Dendera, and the Valley of the Kings. This wealth of knowledge culminated in the publication of the monumental Description de l'Egypte, starting in 1809 and spanning 23 volumes over the years, with three being among the most massive books of the era.

Egyptology explores deeply into ancient Egypt's era, encompassing areas like historical narratives, hieroglyphic decoding, and literary examination. It also covers interpretations of religious rituals, architectural designs, and the appreciation of ancient art tied to ancient artifacts.

Join us for this unique journey through time, where our four distinguished Egyptologists will delve into their specific areas of expertise and explore their connections with the Description de l'Egypte's legacy. You will also have a chance to ask them questions.

Don't miss this chance to rediscover this monumental publication at the Qatar National Library. Reserve your spot now!


  • Dr. Okasha El Daly, an Egyptian historian specializing in the history, art, religion, and languages of ancient Egypt. He is globally recognized for his academic contributions and leadership in archaeological projects, including the Foundation for Science, Technology, and Civilization in the UK, as well as the recent Qatar-Sudan Archaeological Project. Holding a PhD from UCL, he is the author of the seminal book Egyptology: The Missing Millennium.
  • Dr. Stephen Harvey, an expert in Egyptian archaeology with a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. He has led the Ahmose and Tetisheri Project in Abydos, Egypt, since 1993 and has held academic and curatorial roles at esteemed institutions such as the University of Chicago and the Walters Art Museum. Additionally, he has lectured globally and hosted numerous archaeological tours.
  • Dr. Andrew Bednarski, an Egyptologist and 19th-century historian, currently serving as a visiting research scholar at the American University in Cairo. For many years, he worked with the American Research Center in Egypt, directing projects in Cairo and Luxor. With extensive excavation experience, he has lectured and published widely on ancient Egypt and its modern-day reception. He has also appeared in numerous television documentaries.
  • Dr. Dawn McCormack, Dean of the Howard College of Arts and Sciences at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She has directed excavation and survey missions in Abydos, Egypt, and has also worked on Coptic projects at the White Monastery and the Monastery of St. John the Little.


Yousef Al-Ansari, Foreign Print-Information Service Librarian in QNL's Heritage Library


The event will be conducted online via Zoom. 


Date: 15 November 2023

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Language: English with Arabic Interpretation

Target Audience: Public

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