The seminar aims to provide an overview of the ancient Egyptian conceptions of gods and supernatural beings interacting with humankind in daily life and after death. The ancient Egyptian religious and funerary beliefs will be presented and discussed through the analysis of material and written sources produced in Egypt from Prehistory throughout the Greco-Roman Period. This seminar is part of the Connections@Cal initiative. This seminar is part of the Food for Thought Seminar Series.
Rita Lucarelli studied at the University of Naples, Italy, where she received her MA degree in Classical Languages and Egyptology. She holds her Ph.D from Leiden University, the Netherlands (2005). Her Ph.D thesis was published in 2006 as The Book of the Dead of Gatseshen: Ancient Egyptian Funerary Religion in the 10th Century BC.
From 2005 to 2010, Lucarelli held a part-time position as a Lecturer of Egyptology at the University of Verona, Italy. From 2009 to 2012, she worked as a Research Scholar on the Book of the Dead Project at the University of Bonn, Germany.
She was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Italian Academy of Advanced Studied of Columbia University (2009) and at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) of NYU (2012).
Until June 2014 she worked as a Research Scholar and Lecturer at the Department of Egyptology of Bonn University, and she held a part-time position as a Lecturer of Egyptology at the University of Bari in Italy.
Rita Lucarelli is currently writing a monograph on demonology in ancient Egypt and she is one of the coordinators of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project.