I specialise in ancient Egyptian history, language, and culture of the late second and the first millennium BCE (esp. Third Intermediate Period and Late Period). Adopting a holistic view on Egyptian civilisation, I aim at integrating sources pertaining to political history, economy, material culture and the world of texts.
In general, my approach towards the study of ancient Egypt and the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean is reflected by two mottos:
‘We may be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.’ (Thomas Paul Anderson, Magnolia).
‘If the past is a foreign country, then it is another culture.’ (Marshall Sahlins, Apologies to Thucydides)
Thus, I am convinced of the enduring relevance of understanding ancient cultures for the understanding of our own societies. At the same time, our understanding of ancient cultures will always remain dynamic and incomplete, reflecting modern perceptions and concerns that have no equivalent in past ‘realities’. For me, this ambivalence lies at the very heart of ‘doing Egyptology’.