M.A.G.I.C Affinity Circle meeting
Olivia Walters on Ancient Egyptian conceptions of virtue
Virtue in Ancient Egypt is concentrated around the concept of Ma’at and is essential to the Egyptian worldview. Ma’at embodies the concepts of truth, balance, and harmony in opposition to Isfet which represents falsehoods, imbalance, and discord. Manifesting through every aspect of their lives, Ma’at appears in everything from their mythologies, funerary practices, and the visual rhetoric in monumental building to their corpus of wisdom literature written by and for the elite classes. In this discussion I will break down what Ma’at means in all these contexts and what it meant to be a Virtuous Egyptian.