Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics on papyrus.
Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics on papyrus. Image: Ihor Bondarenko
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Recommended age: 16+ years

This is a whirlwind introduction into the art of Ancient Egyptian biography. Explore how ancient characters evolved from brief inscriptions of their names and titles, into detailed records of a person’s life and career. Join us as Dr Ryan examines the upper echelons of society and takes us through the various aspects of an individual’s life and how it was commemorated in hieroglyphs.

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Auslan interpretation

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Dr Ellen Ryan

Ellen Ryan is currently a sessional teaching academic in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University and in the School of Humanities at the University of Sydney.
Ellen Ryan is currently a sessional teaching academic in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University and in the School of Humanities at the University of Sydney. Image: Supplied
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Dr Ellen Ryan is currently a sessional teaching academic in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University and in the School of Humanities at the University of Sydney. Ellen was awarded a BA Ancient History (Hons I), Diploma of Ancient Languages, and PhD in Egyptology from Macquarie University, and an MPhil in Cuneiform Studies from the University of Oxford.

Ellen is a member of the Macquarie Theban Tombs Project fieldwork mission and has undertaken her own epigraphical research missions in Egypt. She is an Early Career Research affiliate of the Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment (CACHE) at Macquarie University, and is a tutor for Egyptian hieroglyphs at the Macquarie Ancient Languages School.


AJ Lamarque

AJ Lamarque, Curator & Producer, Conference for SXSW Sydney
AJ Lamarque, Curator & Producer, Conference for SXSW Sydney. Image: Supplied
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AJ Lamarque (Curator & Producer, Conference for SXSW Sydney), excels in storytelling across various platforms. His versatile writing skills extend from TV and stand-up comedy, to articles and playwriting, with notable contributions to Season 14 of Gruen and Season 2 of Question Everything on the ABC.

A seasoned presenter, he's hosted talks & shows nationwide with a debut TV appearance on SBS later this year. With a background in Biomedical Science and Egyptology, combined with an award-winning comedy career, AJ brings a unique passion for blending science and entertainment.


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