Guest Writers

Moudhy Al-Rashid

Dr Moudhy Al-Rashid is a postdoctoral research fellow at Wolfson College (University of Oxford), where she also earned her MPhil in Cuneiform Studies and DPhil in Oriental Studies. Her research looks at terminology for mental distress in cuneiform medical texts with particular focus on the Akkadian libbu “heart” as a metaphor for the experience of illness. She original comes from Saudi Arabia, where she grew up, but now calls England home.


“I am dying of a broken heart”

“Schoolboy, where have you been going so long?”: The Old Babylonian Student and School


Katherine Blouin

Dr Katherine Blouin is Associate Professor in Classics at the University of Toronto. She has a PhD in Roman History from Laval and Nice and a postdoctoral degree in Papyrology from the EPHE. Her works centres on the Nile Delta, multiculturalism, cultural identities, as well as environments, peoples, and periods that are commonly considered to be ‘marginal’. She is the author of Triangular Landscapes: Environment, Society, and the State in the Nile Delta under Roman Rule (Oxford, 2014) and co-editor of the blog “Everyday Orientalism“. Check out her website here.


Baby Exposed, Baby Snatched, Roman Egypt-Style


Ágnes T. Mihálykó

Dr Ágnes T. Mihálykó has a PhD in papyrology from the University of Oslo and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Eötvös József Collegium, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, Budapest. Her research focuses on Christian liturgical papyri, especially the formation of Christian prayer tradition. Check out her website.


How to be Successful in Life (Fourth-Century Style)

An Egyptian Christmas Carol


Luigi Prada

Dr Luigi Prada is a British Academy Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford, Faculty of Oriental Studies, and a Supernumerary Fellow in Egyptology at University College, Oxford. His current project focuses on schooling and education in Ancient Egypt, with particular focus on the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. His other research interests include ancient divination (specifically, dream interpretation), bilingualism, and demotic language and literature. He participates in fieldwork in both Sudan and Egypt, where he is Assistant Director of the Oxford University Epigraphic Expedition to Elkab. Previously, he was the Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellow in Egyptology at University College, Oxford, the Theodor Heuss Research Fellow for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Heidelberg, Departmental Lecturer in Egyptology and Coptic at the University of Oxford, and Visiting Associate Professor of Egyptology at the University of Copenhagen. Check out his work here.


One-way Tickets to the Netherworld: Mummy Labels and Inscribed Mummy Shrouds

Living (and Dying) in Interesting Times


Eline Scheerlinck

Dr Eline Scheerlinck originally studied Classics at Ghent University, Belgium, where she also successfully defended a PhD thesis in the field of History of the Humanities. She is currently undertaking a second PhD at Leiden University as part of the European Research Council project “Embedding Conquest”. Her focus is on Coptic and Greek papyri that illuminate the social relationships between elites and members of the local communities and between elites and the government. See her profile here.


The Governor’s Orders: Part One


Gareth Wearne

Dr Gareth Wearne is Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Australian Catholic University, School of Theology. With a PhD from Macquarie University (Sydney), his research focuses on ancient Israelite social history and sociolinguistics. You can check out his work here.


A Harvester’s Plea