Peter Dorman

Professor of Egyptology
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1985.
Teaching at Chicago since 1989.

Special Interests

Egyptian Historiography, Late Egyptian.

Peter Dorman received his PhD. from the University of Chicago in 1985. For eleven years, from 1977 to 1988, he was a curator in the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, where he assisted with the Tutankhamun exhibit, the reinstallation of the Egyptian galleries, and the publication of the Metropolitan's archival excavation records from the 1920s and 1930s. One result of this work was the publication of The Tombs of Senenmut: the Architecture and Decoration of Tombs 71 and 353 (1991). Another monograph, the subject of his dissertation, was a historical treatment of the life of Senenmut and the chronology of the reign of Hatshepsut, which appeared as The Monuments of Senenmut: Problems in Historical Methodology (1986).

Dorman returned to the Oriental Institute in 1988, when he was appointed Field Director of the Epigraphic Survey in Luxor. He spent nine years heading the epigraphic efforts at Chicago House at the Temple of Luxor and the Eighteenth-Dynasty temple of Amun at Medinet Habu. During this period he edited two folio volumes in the new Reliefs and Inscriptions at Luxor Temple series, both published as part of the Oriental Institute Publications.

In 1997 he returned to Chicago to teach Egyptian language and history at the Oriental Institute. His research interests include the Theban region and tomb documentation, in particular for the New Kingdom, as well as the relation of Egyptian material culture to text and representation. He is co-founder of the annual Theban Workshop in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University.

In 2002 Dorman published Faces in Clay: Technique, Imagery, and Allusion in a Corpus of Ceramic Sculpture from Ancient Egypt, a monograph on canopic jar lids, the phenomenon of ceramic sculpture in ancient Egypt, and the potter’s wheel as a metaphor of solar regeneration. His most recent research centers on the Metropolitan Museum’s excavation of the intact burials of Ramose and Hatnofer, the parents of Senenmut, which he is preparing for publication, along with a series of burials and deposits left on the hillside below Senenmut’s tomb. He is also editing the first volume of facsimile drawings to emerge from the Epigraphic Survey’s woprk on the 18th Dynasty temple of Amun at Medinet Habu. Dorman presently serves as the United States representative to the International Association of Egyptologists.

Education

1985, Received Ph.D. with honors from University of Chicago , Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations .
Dissertation: "The Monuments of Senenmut: Problems in Historical Methodology" (for publication, see below).
1970, Received B.A. cum laude in Anthropology (minors in Psychology and Fine Arts) from Amherst College.
Thesis: "Cycles of Reciprocity in the Context of Dravidian Kinship."

Selected Publications:

Books

  • Faces in Clay: Technique, Imagery, and Allusion in a Corpus of Ceramic Sculpture from Ancient Egypt. Münchner Ägyptologische Studien 52. Mainz: von Zabern, 2002.
  • Reliefs and Inscriptions at Luxor Temple Volume 2: The Facade, Portals, Upper Register Scenes, Columns, Marginalia, and Statuary in the Colonnade Hall, by the Epigraphic Survey, Oriental Institute Publications 116. Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1998. Coauthor and editor.
  • Reliefs and Inscriptions at Luxor Temple Volume 1: The Festival Procession of Opet in the Colonnade Hall, by the Epigraphic Survey, Oriental Institute Publications 112. Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1994. Coauthor and editor.
  • The Registry of the Photo Archives of the Epigraphic Survey. Oriental Institute Communications 17. Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1994. Editor.
  • Lost Egypt, in three volumes, by the Epigraphic Survey. Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 1992. A series of photographic portfolios. Coauthor and editor.
  • The Tombs of Senenmut at Thebes: The Architecture and Decoration of Tombs 71 and 353. Publications of the Egyptian Expedition, vol. 24. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991.
  • The Monuments of Senenmut: Problems in Historical Methodology. Studies in Egyptology series, ed. W. Vivian Davies. London: Kegan Paul, Ltd., 1988.

Articles and Reviews

  • "Family Burial and Commemoration in the Theban Necropolis," The Theban Necropolis: Past, Present, and Future, edited by Nigel Strudwick and John Taylor. London: British Museum Press, 2003, pp. 30-41.
  • "The Biographical Inscription of Ptahshepses: A Newly Identified Fragment," Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 88 (2002 [2003]), pp. 95-110.
  • Selected entries: "Epigraphy," "Rekhmire," "Senenmut," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. Edited by Donald Redford. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  • "Hatshepsut: Wicked Stepmother or Joan of Arc?" Oriental Institute News and Notes, no. 168, Winter 2001, pp. 1-6.

  • "Creation on the Potter's Wheel at the Eastern Horizon of Heaven," article for Gold of Praise: Studies on Ancient Egypt in Honor of Edward F. Wente. SAOC 58. Edited by Emily Teeter and John Larson. Chicago: Oriental Institute, 1999, pp. 83-99.
  • "Thebes, Senenmut Monuments," in The Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt. Edited by Kathryn Bard. London and New York: Routledge, 1999, pp. 819-22.
  • "A Fragment of Relief from the Tomb of Senenmut (TT 71)," Iubilate conlege: Studies in Memory of Abdel Aziz Sadek Part I =Varia Aegyptiaca 10 (1995 [1997]), pp. 83-89.
  • "The Epigraphic Survey," in The Oriental Institute Annual Report 1989-1990. Chicago: Oriental Institute, 1989, 10-17; and subsequent reports: OIAR 1990-1991 (1991), 11-18; OIAR 1991-1992 (1993), 42-55; OIAR 1992-1993 (1993), 28-40; OIAR 1993-1994 (1994), 16-26; OIAR 1994-1995 (1995), 32-42; OIAR 1995-1996 (1996), 43-54; OIAR 1996-1997 (1997), 38-48.
  • "Two Tombs and One Owner," in Thebanische Beamtennekropolen. Studien zur Archäologie und Geschichte Altägyptens 12. Edited by J. Assmann, E, Dziobek, H. Guksch, and F. Kampp. Heidelberg: Heidelberger Orientverlag, 1994, pp. 141-54.
  • "A Note on the Royal Repast at the Jubilee of Amenhotep III," in Hommages Ġ Jean Leclant, Bibliotheque d'étude 106/1. Edited by Catherine Berger, Gisèle Clerc, and Nicholas Grimal. Cairo: Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale, 1994, pp. 455-70.
  • "Senenmout, un homme d'état hors du commun," (translated from English) in La reine Hatshepsout. Vie et mort d'un pharaon. Dossiers d'archéologie et d'histoire. No. 187 (November, 1993) Dijon: Éditions Faton, pp. 110-15.
  • "Additional Name Stones of Senenmut," coauthored with Eberhard Dziobek, Göttingen Miszellen 119 (1990), 7-12.
  • "Salvaging Egypt's Records," Egyptian Archaeology 2 (1992), 29-31.
  • Review of Arielle P. Kozloff, and Betsy M. Bryan, with Lawrence Berman, Egypt's Dazzling Sun: Amenhotep III and His World. Cleveland: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1992), forthcoming in American Journal of Egyptology.
  • "Inscriptions of the Model Coffins of Bener and Wahnoferhotep," Appendix I in Dieter Arnold, The Cemeteries of Lisht Vol. I: The Pyramid of Senwosret I. Publications of the Egyptian Expedition, vol. 22. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1988, 147-149.
  • Foreword to The Glory of Ancient Egypt, a reprint edition of selected plates from the antiquities volumes of Description de l'Égypte. Millwood, N.Y.: Kraus Reprints, 1988, vii-viii.
  • "Senimen and Senenmut,: A Question of Brothers," Varia Aegyptiaca 3 (1987): 127-134. Coauthored with Catharine Roehrig.
  • "Eine Statuette des Senenmut," in Ägyptens Aufstieg zur Weltmacht, exhibition catalogue of the Roemer-Pelizeaus Museum Hildesheim (Mainz: von Zabern, 1987), 158.
  • "Egypt," introduction to Egyptian section in Egypt and the Ancient Near East. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art and Fukataka Information Publishers, 1987. French and Japanese translations.
  • "Twenty-Four Amarna Reliefs," Recent Acquisitions 1985-1986. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986, 6-7.
  • Review of Christine Meyer, Senenmut: eine prosopographische Untersuchung (Hamburg, 1982), in Bibliotheca Orientalis 42 (1985), 295-302.
  • Egyptian Art, reprinted from Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Winter 1983/1984. New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984. Coauthored with Edna R. Russmann, Christine Lilyquist.
  • "Akhenaton Holding an Olive Branch," Notable Acquisitions 1981-1982. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982, 6.
  • "Shawabty of Akhenaton,"Notable Acquisitions 1981-1982. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1982, 6-7.
  • "Recumbent Ibex," Notable Acquisitions 1979-1980. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980, 11-12.
  • "A Revolution in Egyptian Art," Connaissance des Arts, October 1980, 58-65.