PhD Students:

Anne Grons, M.A.

Anne Grons (born 1992) studied Classical and Early Christian Archaeology, Near Eastern Studies, Egyptology and Coptology at the University of Münster from 2010 to 2016. During that time, she worked as a student/research assistant at the Institute of Egyptology and Coptology (IAEK) Münster, being responsible for the Egyptological library and giving tutorials in Coptic, supplementing the lectures of Prof. Dr. Stephen Emmel. She was a member of the Sudan Archaeological Project W.A.D.I. | Wadi Abu Dom Itinerary of Prof. Dr. Angelika Lohwasser (IAEK) as well, working as a pottery-assistant for three campaigns. Since spring 2016 she has worked as a research assistant/lexicographer at the project Dictionary and Database of Greek Loanwords in Coptic, led by Prof. Dr. Tonio Sebastian Richter (Egyptological Seminar – Freie Universität Berlin). From summer 2016 she has been writing her doctoral thesis on Coptic pharmacological texts. The work includes a complete (re-)edition and reassessment of all currently known pharmacological texts in Coptic from the early fourth century up to the eleventh century AD, including the Coptic herbal in the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection, and tries to answer questions concerning the transfer of knowledge during that period. A particular focus shall be the analysis of Greek and Arabic medical terminology within these texts. Next to her interests in pharmacology, late antique and early Islamic Egypt, and the varieties of Greek, Arabic and Babylonian medicine and pharmacology, she is deeply interested in the lexicography of Greek and Arabic loanwords in Coptic.

Amber Jacob

Amber Jacob is a PhD student at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University. Her main research interests lie in the history of science and medicine and the cross-cultural encounters between ancient Egyptian and Greek intellectual traditions in the Graeco-Roman Period (c. 300BCE-300CE). For her doctoral dissertation at ISAW, she is working on the edition of an extensive but fragmentary corpus of Demotic medical texts in the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection. These date from the 1st-2nd centuries CE and derive from a temple library excavated at the ancient site of Tebtunis in the Fayum. From the same site are preserved some 14 or so Greek medical papyri. Amber’s work will address questions of the level of cross-cultural interaction between ancient Egyptian and Greek medical knowledge systems in Graeco-Roman antiquity, as represented in the Tebtunis material. The shared social and historical context of the assemblage of Egyptian and Greek medical texts from Tebtunis offers an unparalleled opportunity to assess the relationship and interaction between the two medical traditions and the practitioners associated with them.
Amber received her MA in Egyptology from the University of Copenhagen, specializing in papyrology, late Egyptian language (particularly Demotic), and critical analysis of textual traditions. She has also trained in papyrus conservation in the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection. She received her BA in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia.

Sofie Schiødt

Sofie Schiødt is a PhD fellow at the University of Copenhagen, holding an MA in Egyptology from the University of Copenhagen/Liverpool University. Her main research interests lie in ancient Egyptian medicine and science, technology, and social history. Schiødt’s PhD project centers on some of these topics, as she is researching two unpublished New Kingdom medical papyri from the Papyrus Carlsberg Collection, both of which are contributing to the understanding of ancient Egyptian conceptions of body, health, illness, and medicine. Sofie Schiødt’s background lies primarily in philology, but she also has considerable archaeological and osteological training through her work at the Department of Forensic Medicine at the University of Copenhagen (2012-2014) and her participation in excavations including the Amarna North Tombs Cemetery (2015-2018), the Amara West cemeteries (2014-2016), and el-Kurru (2017).

Lingxin Zhang

Lingxin Zhang is a PhD candidate in Egyptology at Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation research is on the astrological manuals concerning women from the Tebtunis Temple Library. This project aims to further our understanding of the Hellenistic astrological traditions by untangling the cultural exchanges between Egypt, Greece, and Mesopotamia; additionally, she will discuss the social construction of genders in Graeco-Roman Egypt by comparing the women’s astrological manuals to those of men’s. Her research interest lies in acculturation in Graeco-Roman Egypt. She approaches the problem by examining magical-divinatory traditions and the questions of agency pertaining thereto. Though Demotic has been her speciality, she has a wide range of interests. She received her MA in Egyptology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her Master thesis is on the digital reconstruction of the Antinoeion at Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli. She is also an active member in the Mut Temple Expedition, directed by Professor Betsy Bryan of Johns Hopkins University.

Prof. Kim Ryholt (University of Copenhagen)
Prof. Fredrik Hagen (University of Copenhagen)
Prof. Hans-Werner Fischer-Elfert (Universität Leipzig)
Prof. Alexander Jones (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York)
Asst. Prof. Claire Bubb (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York)
Prof. Richard Jasnow (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore)
Prof. Sebastian Richter (Freie Universität Berlin)
Prof. Joachim Quack (Universität Heidelberg)
Prof. Friedhelm Hoffmann (Ludwig Maximilians Universität München)
Dr. Thierry Bardinet (Paris)
Dr. Luigi Prada (Oxford University)