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Rethinking Osiris - 26-27/03/2019, Florence (Italy)


The myth of Osiris is of extreme importance for our knowledge of the history of ancient Egypt. The figure of the god allows us to understand some of the fundamentals of Pharaonic civilization such as the functioning of the monarchy and the right of succession, the natural cycle of the Nile River -as Osiris symbolized his regeneration- and the belief in the possibility of a life beyond death. New exhibitions in recent times on its figure as “Isis und Osiris” (Hannover 2017-2018); “Osiris. Dios de Egipto. El ser que permanece perfecto” (Barcellona 2016), “Osiris. Egypt’s sunken mysteries” (Paris 2016, London 2016, Zurich 2017 and soon Saint Louis Art Museum in Missouri 2018), witness not only the great interest on Osiris’ figure but mainly the important role as paradigm played by this cornerstone god; toward whom Pharaohs, men (Egyptian and foreign) and also gods, had measured their personal identity, moral and juridical values, both in daily and afterlife.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 26-27/03/2019

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Florence (Florence, Italy)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Massimiliano Franci (CAMNES) ; Salima Ikram (American University in Cairo) ; Irene Morfini (CAMNES)



  • SPEAKER: 80€

  • LISTENER: 50€

  • COMPANION: 50€

The fee includes:

  • Badge (Speakers and Listeners only)

  • Conference welcome kit (Speakers only)

  • Morning and afternoon coffee breaks on March 26-27

  • Lunch on March 26-27 (Speakers only)

  • Dinner buffet on March 26 at the Archaeological Museum in Florence with a special guided tour of the Egyptian Museum

Further details

All paper authors must register if they are planning to participate to the conference. At least one author for each paper must register and be present during the conference. Please note that the delegate fee does not include any lunch, travel, transportation to the workshop venue, and accommodation. The conference venue is furnished with a caffetteria with low prices and high quality food and beverages.



9.00-10.30 Opening Session


Guido Guarducci & Stefano Valentini (CAMNES) Salima Ikram (American University in Cairo) Maria Cristina Guidotti (Egyptian Museum of Florence)


Massimiliano Franci, & Irene Morfini (CAMNES) & Salima Ikram (American University in Cairo)


Mark Smith (University of Oxford) "Following Osiris: New Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century"

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

11.00-13.00 Session 1: Origins and developments. Chair: Andrzej Niwiński

1. Miroslav Bárta - Dulíková, Veronika (Charles University, Czech Institute of Egyptology) New archaeological evidence for the cult of Osiris from the Fifth Dynasty.

2. Vera Müller (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute OREA) Origins of Cultic Activities at the “Osiris tomb” in the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC at Umm el-Qaab/Abydos.

3. Massimiliano Nuzzolo (Charles University, Czech Institute of Egyptology) The Appearance of Osiris: a case of royal patronage or a bottom up process?

4. Angelo Colonna ("Sapienza" Università di Roma) Where a god dies: mythical places related to the death of Osiris in Old to New Kingdom sources.

13.00-14.00 Lunch break

14.00-16.00 Session 2: Origins and developments / Iconography. Chair: Miroslav Bárta

5. Francesca Iannarilli (Università Ca'Foscari Venezia) The Nubian Osiris: traditions and elaborations of the Osiris’s cult in the Kushite culture.

6. Andrzej Niwiński (Warsaw University) Osiris in the iconography of the 21st - early 22nd Dyn. Theban yellow-grounded coffins.

7. Uta Siffert (University of Vienna) Osiris – the mummy par excellence? Investigating iconography, development, and function of the mummy shape during the Middle Kingdom.

8. Dagmara Haładaj (Antiquity of Southeastern Europe Research Centre, University of Warsaw) Osirian elements in iconography of 25th -26th Dynasty coffins.

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-18.30 Session 3: Iconography. Chair: Vera Müller

9. Maria Cristina Guidotti (Egyptian Museum of Florence) Unpublished images of Osiris in the Egyptian Museum of Florence.

10. Marina Sartori (Universität Basel) Osiris and the lotus fan: remarks on a rare iconographic association,

11. Nadine Guilhou (Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier) Osiris and the Heavenly Bodies.

12. Valentina Santini (CAMNES, Firenze) The Role of Osiris During the Amarna Age: From Texts to Depictions.

19.00 Special guided tour of the Egyptian Museum with the curator Maria Cristina Guidotti Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 9b

20.30 Dinner buffet at the Archaeological Museum Piazza Santissima Annunziata, 9b


8.30-11.00 Session 4: Ritual and Texts. Chair: Maria Cristina Guidotti

13. Ann-Katrin Gill (University College, University of Oxford) New perspectives on Osirian ritual texts and their connection to the Khoiak festival.

14. Nils Billing (Department of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden) The king and Osiris in the pyramid of Pepy I.

15. Mariam Ayad (The American University in Cairo) Expressions of the Osirian Myth in the Opening of the Mouth Ritual.

16. Ilaria Cariddi (Università Ca' Foscari, Venezia) Into the Silent Land. Osiris as “Lord of Igeret” and the ambivalence of silence in the ancient Egyptian funerary landscape.

17. Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska (Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences)

“May Osiris not come in this bad coming of his. Do not open your arms to him…” /PT 534 (P 483)/ – re-thinking Osiris in the Pyramid Texts.

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-13.30 Session 5: Osiris and Water Chair: Paula Veiga

18. Diletta Pubblico (University of Naples "L'Orientale") Osiris in the Italian peninsula.

19. Israel Santamaría Canales (University of Cádiz (Spain)) Osiris, the Lord of the River: An approach to the aquatic aspects of the Egyptian God.

20. Irene Morfini (CAMNES, Firenze) - Milagros Álvarez Sosa (Archaeological Museum, Canarian Institute of Bioarchaeology, Tenerife)

A new “Osiris Tomb” in Sheikh Abd el-Qurna - Luxor: from myth to architecture.

21. Sara Caramello (Independent Researcher)

Osiris, the Aramaeans... and the Water - A well-known connection from a different point of view.

13.30-14.30 Lunch break

14.30-16.30 Session 6: Rituals. Chair: Mariam Ayad

22. Gyula Priskin (University of Szeged) The 104 amulets of Osiris at Dendera.

23. Paula Veiga (LMU-Ludwig Maximilians Universitaet Muenchen) Green Osiris: explaining some aspects of ancient Egyptian medicine.

24. Mariano Bonanno (University of Buenos Aires) An Osiris new solar epithet in TT 49? Considerations about the nocturnal sun in the chapel.

25. Luc Delvaux - Verly, Georges (Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels) Osirian rite and Archaeometallurgy. About a set of Late Period pottery molds.

16.30-17.00 Coffee break

17.00-18.00 General Discussion Chairs: Mark Smith (University of Oxford)

18.00-19.00 Concluding Remarks Massimiliano Franci, & Irene Morfini (CAMNES) & Salima Ikram (American University in Cairo)


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