The life and troubled times of Mayor Montuemhat

Nubians, Assyrians & Saites


Dec 5, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Smith library, online on Zoom


Salmagundi Library Committee


Open to the public; up to 40 seats
RSVP required

$25 | General admission
FREE | Salmagundi members and ARCE members with promo code
$15 | Zoom access to attend online

Salmagundi members will receive their promo code via email for the discounted price. The promo code may also be requested by emailing
A banner photo of Egyptian hieroglyphs for the library talk.

About the Event

The lecture will discuss the life and times of Montuemhat, one of the best known and most important noblemen in Egyptian history. Montuemhat was the mayor of Thebes and a priest in the temple of Amun during the 25th (Nubian) and early 26th (Saite) Dynasties. He restored the temple at Karnak after the Assyrians sacked it and built one of the largest non-royal tombs in Egyptian history. The reliefs from his tomb contain some fascinating examples of what is called “archaizing art” as well as some very clear examples of copying scenes almost directly from earlier tombs.

About the Speaker

John Freed has had a life-long fascination with ancient Egypt and holds a degree in Middle Eastern Studies from City University of New York. He is the author of several articles published in KMT: A Modern Journal of Ancient Egypt, one of which was entitled “Nubians, Assyrians & Saites, The Life and Troubled Times of Mayor Montuemhat,”. He is also the President of the New York Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.

Profile photo of John Freed.


Salmagundi members are welcome to reserve for dinner in the dining room via our Reservations page.

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