Performance and Drama in Ancient Egypt examines archaeological and textual materials for evidence of performance-based activities in Egypt from the beginning of the historic period until the later Roman Empire. It takes as its starting point enactments of performance texts from the Graeco-Roman period done by the author's students and examines the widespread vogue for re-enactments on archaeological sites and in the mass media. Performance and Drama in Ancient Egypt presents an historically-based survey of ancient Egyptian performance activities that relates them to other cultural and historical developments. The materials discussed include texts, visual art, architecture and material culture. The author deals with issues that have been raised in the emerging field of performance archaeology as well as seeking to initiate a discussion on performance in Egyptology and related disciplines.
Since 1989 Robyn Gillam has taught at York University in Toronto for the Programmes in Mass Communication, Classical and Religious Studies. She has worked at the Royal Ontario Museum, for the Egyptian Department registering artifacts, as well as in the Schools Programme and Adult Education. She also works as a freelance writer in the field of cultural criticism. She has a particular interest in the relationship of ancient studies, archaeology and museums to popular culture and the mass media.