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The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt & the Modern World | Presentation & Book Signing with Dr. Kara Cooney


Don't miss the SoCal book launch of Dr. Kara Cooney's The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World, only at the Bowers Museum! 

Presented by Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptian Art and Architecture and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA.

In a new era when democracies around the world are threatened or crumbling, best-selling author Kara Cooney turns to five ancient Egyptian pharaohs--Khufu, Senwosret III, Akenhaten, Ramses II, and Taharqa--to understand why many so often give up power to the few, and what it can mean for our future. The pharaohs and their process of divine kingship can tell us a lot about the world's politics, past and present. Every animal-headed god, monumental temple, pyramid and tomb offers extraordinary insight into a culture that combined deeply held religious beliefs with uniquely human schemes to justify a system in which one ruled over many.

From Khufu, the man who built the Great Pyramid at Giza as testament to his authoritarian reign, and Taharqa, the last true pharaoh who worked to make Egypt thrive, Cooney offers insights into understanding how power was earned, controlled, and manipulated in ancient times. In mining the past, we can better understand the reason why societies have so willingly chosen a dictator over democracy, time and time again.

Book signing to follow lecture. The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World is now available for pre-order in Bowers' Gallery Store! 

Location: Norma Kershaw Auditorium

Ticketed Event (in-person): Member $20 | General $30

Online Option: Member $15 | General $25 | Please note that the virtual lecture will not be available for viewing at the same time as the in-person lecture on 11/6. A link to view a recording of the presentation will be emailed within a week of the onsite event. PURCHASE TICKETS

In an attempt to protect staff and visitors against the spread of COVID-19 and variants, all attendees to the Norma Kershaw Auditorium will be required to wear masks until further notice, regardless of their vaccination status. Free masks will be available at the entrance to the auditorium for anyone in need. Please see Bowers' Health & Safety Page for exceptions.

TICKETS: Online or onsite. Questions? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 714.567.3677. Proceeds benefit Bowers Museum Education Programs. Tickets are non-refundable.

Image credit: p015lo_PA_GettyImages-182129552.JPG Offering wine in two round vases, Taharqa thanks the god Hemen for the annual Nile flood after a period of drought and famine. (DeAgostini/G. Dagli Orti/Getty Images)

Event details

November 6, 2021 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


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