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.

Stories:

“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.

Stories:

Baby Exposed, Baby Snatched, Roman Egypt-Style

Mark de Kreij

Dr Mark de Kreij is a postdoctoral fellow at the Radboud University Nijmegen, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. His research revolves around papyrological evidence for the reading, studying, and perfomance of Greek lyric in the Roman period. More generally, he is interested in the material aspects of literary and paraliterary texts, and innovations in book craft in antiquity (see his work here). He was trained as a papyrus conservator by Daniela Colomo in Oxford, and is responsible for restoring and glassing the Nijmegen papyri.

Stories:

Law and the Art of Bookroll Maintenance

Korshi Dosoo

Dr Korshi Dosoo received his doctorate in Ancient History from Macquarie University in 2015 after completing his thesis, “Rituals of Apparition on the Theban Magical Library”, which examined the divination rituals found in the magical papyri of Roman Egypt. Having worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the Labex RESMED (Paris) project Les mots de la paixand lecturing at the University of Strasbourg, he is currently junior team leader of the project “The Coptic Magical Papyri: Vernacular Religion in Late Roman and Early Islamic Egypt” at the Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg. See his publications here.

Stories:

The Powers of Hell: A Deadly Curse from Medieval Egypt

Ágnes T. Mihálykó

Ágnes T. Mihálykó has a PhD in papyrology from the University of Oslo. She currently holds a postdoctoral mobility scholarship at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, and the University of Oslo. Her research focuses on Christian liturgical papyri, especially the formation of Christian prayer tradition. Check out her website.

Stories:

An Egyptian Christmas Carol

Blessing a Baby Against Every Illness

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

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.

Stories:

Kittens for Bastet (with J. Cromwell)

Living (and Dying) in Interesting Times

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

Campbell Price

Dr Campbell Price is Curator of Egypt and Sudan at the Manchester Museum, one of the UK’s largest Egyptology collections. He undertook his BA, MA, and PhD in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. Campbell has published widely on ancient Egyptian material culture and has research interests in elite expression in the first millennium BCE, and the construction of ‘Ancient Egypt’ in museums. Most recently he has curated touring exhibitions on animal mummies and Graeco-Roman Egypt. He is a Trustee of the Egypt Exploration Society.

Stories:

Facing the Dead? Framing Mummy Panels from Hawara

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.

Stories:

The Governor’s Orders: Part One

Daniel Soliman

Daniel Soliman is a curator at the Egyptian department of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands, where he worked on an exhibition on Egyptian textiles. He obtained his PhD in Egyptology from Leiden University with a dissertation on the community of necropolis workmen of Deir el-Medina. He has worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Copenhagen within a research project on the economy and administration of tomb building during the New Kingdom. In 2018–2019, he contributed to a research project at the British Museum on the trade in illegal antiquities and to the creation of a research database with pharaonic artefacts in private collections. Check out his webpage here.

Stories:

Deep Purple: Dyeing Egyptian Textiles

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.

Stories:

A Harvester’s Plea