Egypt and the Ancient Near East

Photograph of the sphynx with a pyramid in the background


Martin Bommas is an Egyptologist who has a special research focus on ancient Egyptian religion, rituals and language. His interdisciplinary research focuses on Memory Studies and the Cult of Egyptian deities in the Mediterranean. Among his major publications are Die Mythisierung der Zeit (Wiesbaden 1999), Der Tempel des Chnum der 18. Dyn. auf Elephantine (Heidelberg 2003) and Heiligtum und Mysterium: Griechenland und seine ägyptischen Gottheiten (Mainz 2005).

Tony Leahy is an Egyptologist with a particular interest in all aspects of the history and culture of Egypt in the first millennium BC, especially the Libyan, Kushite and Saite periods. Recent publications include: ‘“Necho” in Late Period personal names’, in D. Aston et al. (eds.), Under the Potters’ Tree (Leuven, 2011), 547-573 and ‘Text and image in funerary identity at Abydos in the early seventh century BC’, Imago Aegypti 3 (2010), 56-71, pls. 19-22.

Egyptological research at Birmingham, as well as teaching, includes all periods of Egyptian history from the Old Kingdom to the end of the Greco-Roman Period and all phases of Egyptian language. While Martin’s research concentration includes a more thematic approach to ancient Egyptian religion and Cultural Studies, Tony’s current research explores the sources from which a history of the Twenty-sixth Dynasty can be reconstructed. Together they cover all aspects of the ancient Egyptian civilisation from the 4th millennium BC down to the Arab conquest in 641 AD. Both have also worked extensively on excavation projects in Egypt, including Saqqara, Amarna, Thebes and Elephantine.

Ancient Near East

Research in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology (CAHA) encompasses all areas and periods from the Sumerian civilisation in the third millennium BC down to the end of cuneiform based culture in the late first millennium BC. Alasdair’s research concentration is on the stream of literary tradition from the Kassite period down to the Neo-Babylonian Empire and he has also worked extensively in the fields of ancient Near Eastern religion and culture more generally.