The Nile High Club: Drinking, Drugs and the Divine [Sydney]
The Nile High Club: Drinking, Drugs and the Divine [Sydney]

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Tuesday December 12, 2023
5:30 PM


Australian Museum, Lower Ground
College Street and William Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000

Auslan Interpreter/s

Rhonda Ryde & Isabella Haigh

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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Macquarie University archaeologist Mary Hartley unearths the paths to divinity with her exploration of the roles of drinking and drugs in Ancient Egypt.

Religious festivals in Ancient Egypt were inextricably linked to gods or goddesses. Unlikely to pass the rigorous controls of modern-day advertising standards (or RSA for that matter), the Festival of Drunkenness was just one celebration where overindulgence was seen as a gateway to the divine. Festival-goers sought to use their intoxication as a tool to communicate with the gods or deceased relatives.

Enjoy a cheeky beverage and a selection of Egyptian-inspired canapés while you immerse yourself in this entertaining and thought-provoking discussion with archaeologist Mary Hartley, hosted by Associate Professor Alice Motion.

Following the chat, you’ll be guided to Ramses & the Gold of the Pharaohs where you’ll receive our exclusive object spotlight tour presented by Egyptologist Natasha Baramilis.

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