Author, George Manginis, draws upon his expertise in the cultural traditions of the Mediterranean and Middle East to guide us through the rich history of Mount Sinai. This event will explore how the summit, its landscape and its significance have transformed from 300 BCE to the present day.

A place of immense sacred value for people of the Abrahamic faiths, Mount Sinai is the site on which, according to the book of Exodus, Moses received the Ten Commandments. Today, the summit of Mount Sinai plays an important role in religious pilgrimage and worship, with thousands of Christians, Jews and Muslims travelling to Egypt each year to scale the mountain and, in so doing, become closer to God.

Incorporating archaeological interpretation, art history and textual criticism, this event has something for seasoned scholars and budding historians alike. The event will be followed by a Q&A session and audience members will have the unique opportunity to question George Manginis on this fascinating subject.

About The Speaker

George Manginis

Professor George Manginis has taught at the University of Edinburgh, SOAS, the British Museum, and the New College of the Humanities in London. In 2013 he was a Stanley J Seeger Fellow at Princeton University. He is now based in Athens as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Benaki Museum.

About The Chair

Colin Philpott

Colin Philpott is a writer, producer and presenter. He is a former Director of the National Media Museum and BBC programme-maker, and ran the lobbying group Bradford Breakthrough until 2015.