Summer School 2021

Egypt: temples and tales

Keith Grenville, actor, director, tour guide, founder and patron of the Egyptian Society of South Africa

This course offers an armchair tour of some of the wonders of ancient Egypt, taking in an intrepid nineteenth explorer who transported the colossal head of Ramesses II from Luxor to England, as well as the temples of Karnak and Abydos. The first lecture covers the adventures of Giovanni Battista Belzoni (17781823), an engineer, actor, explorer and archaeologist whose discoveries influenced art, design and architecture in the Egyptian style. He excavated the great sun temple of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel and major tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The second lecture covers the temple complex at Luxor that took over 2 000 years to build. The final lecture examines Abydos, ancient Egypt’s most sacred site, with its seven sanctuaries and mystifying Osireon. 


1. Bravo, Belzoni: the exploits of Giovanni Battista Belzoni

2. The grandeur of Karnak

3. Abydos: anatomy of a temple

This course will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.

DATE: Monday 11–Wednesday 13 January                 
TIME:1.00 pm