Janet H. Johnson

Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Egyptology

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1972.
Teaching at Chicago since 1971.

Special Interests

Demotic, Egyptian Grammar, Hellenistic Egypt, Women in Ancient Egypt. PI, Middle Egyptian Texts for On-line Research, Mellon Foundation grant for "Less Commonly Taught Languages"
Editor, Chicago Demotic Dictionary

Janet H. Johnson, Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Egyptology in the Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and the Program on the Ancient Mediterranean World in the Department of Classics. Her main interests include Egyptian language and Egypt in the "Late Period" (1st millennium B.C.). Her recent publications include the 3rd edition (on-line) of her teaching grammar of Demotic, Thus Wrote 'Onchsheshonqy, and the electronic version of her analysis of the Demotic verbal system, The Demotic Verbal System, as well as articles such as "P. Berlin 6848, a Roman Period Temple Inventory," in Res Severa Verum Gaudium, Festschrift für Karl-Theodor Zauzich zum 65. Geburtstag am 8. Juni 2004 (written with Thomas Dousa and François Gaudard), "The Social, Economic, and Legal Status of Women in Ancient Egypt," in the Museum Catalgue The Life of Meresamun A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt, OIMP 29 (2009), and "Six Stone Mummy Labels in the Oriental Institute Museum," in Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense, Studien zum pharaonischen, grieschisch-römischen und spätantiken Ągypten zu Ehren von Heinz-Josef Thissen (written with François Gaudard) (2010).  She is Director of the Chicago Demotic Dictionary Project (link). She is also currently preparing her retransliteration and retranslation of the so-called "Demotic Chronicle" for publication on the Achemenet web-site.

Positions:

  • Morton D. Hull Distinguished Service Professor of Egyptology, 2003-  (Professor, 1981-2003; Associate Professor, 1979-81; Assistant Professor, 1972-79; Instructor, 1971-72), Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Committee on the Ancient Mediterranean World, Committee on Jewish Studies (Bible and the Ancient Near East Program), Committee on Gender Studies, University of Chicago
  • Director, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 1983-1989
  • Deputy Chairman, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 1991-1997; Acting Chairman, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Spring, 1995
  • American Research Center in Egypt (Board of Governors, 1979-; Executive Com-mittee, 1984-87, 1990-96; Vice President, 1990-93; President, 1993-96; Long-Range Planning Committee, 1998-2000; Editorial Board, 2002-)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 2008-9

  • Member, Scientific Committee, HiéroLexique, Association pour la promotion du dictionnaire hiéroglyphique de Dimitri Meeks (2008)
  • Member, Groupe de Recherches  "Réseau International d'études et de recherches achéménides" of the College de France (2001-2005)
  • Member, Fulbright-Hays National Screening Committee for Egypt, 2003-2005
  • Member, Academic Editorial Committee of the digital resource on Ancient Egypt (on-line update of the Lexikon der Ägyptologie; headed by Willemina Wendrich, UCLA), 2003-
  • Chairman, Committee for the Annual Egyptological Bibliography (1996-2003)
  • International Committee for the Publication of the Carlsberg Papyri (American Representative, 1989-1999)
  • International Association of Egyptologists (American Representative, 1984-1989)
     

Education:

Grants:

  • Mellon Foundation grant for Less Commonly Taught Languages, 1998-2001; extensions 2002, 2004 [Principal Investigator for University of Chicago portion, 2003-] [report to Mellon group at Northwestern, November, 2002]
  • National Endowment for the Humanities grants for the Demotic Dictionary Project, 1978-81, 1981-85
  • Smithsonian Institution, Foreign Currency Program, grants for excavations at Quseir al-Qadim (Egypt) Winter 1978, Winter 1980, Winter 1982; study seasons Winter 1979, Winter 1981, Winter 1983, Winter 1984; Research Development Trip March, 1977
  • National Geographic Society grants for dollar expenses of excavations at Quseir al-Qadim (Egypt) Winter 1978, Winter 1980, Winter 1982
  • American Council of Learned Societies, Grant-in-Aid, for the study of the Demotic magical spells contained in P. Leiden I 384, Summer 1974

Field Work:

  • Co-Principal Investigator, Medieval Luxor Project (Egypt), Winter 1986
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Quseir Project (Egypt) Winter 1978, Winter 1980, Winter 1982; study seasons Winter 1979, Winter 1981, Winter 1983, Winter 1984; Research Development Trip March, 1977
  • Site Supervisor, Aqaba Excavations (Jordan), Spring 1987, Fall 1993
  • Epigrapher, University of Pennsylvania Dra Abu el-Naga Expedition (Luxor, Egypt), Winter 1970  (Lanny Bell, Director)
  • Archaeologist and Recorder, American Museum of Natural History Expedition to Hierakonpolis (Egypt), Winter 1969  (Walter Fairservis, Director)
  • University of Arizona Archaeological Field School (Grasshopper, Arizona), Summer 1968  (William Longacre, Director)

Recent Publications:

Monographs:

  • co-editor, The Life of Meresamun, A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt, Oriental Institute Museum Publications, No. 29, with Emily Teeter (Chicago:  The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2009)
  • Editor, Life in a Multi-Cultural Society:  Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine (and Beyond), Proceedings of the Symposium held in Chicago, September, 1990, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, Vol. 51 (Chicago:  The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1992)
  • Thus Wrote 'Onchsheshonqy:  An Introductory Grammar of Demotic, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, Vol. 45 (Chicago:  The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1986)  (2nd revised edition 1991)
  • Quseir al-Qadim 1980:  Preliminary Report, with Donald S. Whitcomb, American Research Center in Egypt Reports, Vol. 7 (Malibu, California:  Undena, 1982)
  • Quseir al-Qadim 1978:  Preliminary Report, with Donald S. Whitcomb (Cairo:  The American Research Center in Egypt, 1979)
  • Editor, with Edward F. Wente, Studies in Honor of George R. Hughes, January 12, 1977, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, Vol. 39 (Chicago:  The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1977)
  • The Demotic Verbal System, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, Vol. 38 (Chicago:  The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1977)

    On-Line

Articles

  • "Six Stone Mummy Labels in the Oriental Institute Museum," with François Gaudard, pp. 193-209 in Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense, Studien zum pharaonischen, griechisch-römischen und spätantiken Ägypten zu Ehren von Heinz-Josef Thissen, ed. by Hermann Knuf, Christian Leitz and Daniel von Recklinghausen, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 194 (Leuven:  Uitgeverij Peeters and Departement Oosterse Studies, 2010)

  • "The Social, Economic, and Legal Status of Women in Ancient Egypt," pp. 82-91; Catalogue 62, Annuity Contract, pp. 92-94; Catalogue 63. Transfer of Property to a Woman, pp. 95-96, in The Life of Meresamun, A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt, Oriental Institute Museum Publications, No. 29, ed. by Emily Teeter and Janet H. Johnson (Chicago:  The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 2009)

  • "Response" to "(Con)Textual Encounters in Egypt: Bridging the Disciplinary Divide Between Archaeology and Papyrology," AIA/APA panel at annual meeting held in Boston in January, 2005, BASP 42 (2005) 267-72 Download

  • "P. Berlin 6848, a Roman Period Temple Inventory," with Thomas Dousa and François Gaudard, pp. 139-222 in Res Severa Verum Gaudium, Festschrift für Karl-Theodor Zauzich zum 65. Geburtstag am 8. Juni 2004, ed. by F. Hoffmann and H. J. Thissen, Studia Demotica 6 (Peeters: Leuven, 2004)
  • "Sex and Marriage in Ancient Egypt," in Hommages Ġ Fayza Haikal, BdE 138, ed. by Nicolas Grimal, Amr Kamel et Cynthia MaySheikholeslami (2003) Download
  • "What's in a Name?" in Structuring Egyptian Syntax, A Tribute to Sarah Israelit-Groll, ed. by Orly Goldwasser & Deborah Sweeney, Lingua Aegyptia, Journal of Egyptian Language Studies 9 (2001) 143-52
  • "Grammar:  Demotic," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Donald B. Redford, Editor in Chief (Oxford University Press:  Oxford, 2001), Vol. 2, pp. 60-63  
  • "Scripts:  Demotic," The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Donald B. Redford, Editor in Chief (Oxford University Press:  Oxford, 2001), Vol. 3, pp. 210-14
  • "Ethnic Considerations in Persian Period Egypt," pp. 211-22 in Gold of Praise, Studies on Ancient Egypt in Honor of Edward F. Wente, ed. by Emily Teeter and John A. Larson, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, No. 58 (Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago:  Chicago, 1999) Download
  • "Speculations on Middle Kingdom Marriage," pp. 169-72 in Studies on Ancient Egypt in Honour of H. S. Smith, ed. by Anthony Leahy and John Tait (The Egypt Exploration Society:  London, 1999) Download
  • "The Chicago Demotic Dictionary Project" in Textcorpus und Wörterbuch, Aspekte zur ägyptischen Lexikographie, ed. by Stefan Grunert and Ingelore Hafemann, Probleme der Ägyptologie, vol. 14 (Brill:  Leiden, 1999) pp. 243-57 
  • "Late and Ptolemaic periods, overview," pp. 66-72 of Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, ed. by Kathryn A. Bard (Routledge:  London, 1999)
  • "textual sources, Late periode," pp. 793-95 of Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, ed. by Kathryn A. Bard (Routledge:  London, 1999)
  • "Women, Wealth and Work in Egyptian Society of the Ptolemaic Period," pp. 1393-1421 in Egyptian Religion, The Last Thousand Years, Studies Dedicated to the Memory of Jan Quaegebeur, ed. by Willy Clarysse, Antoon Schoors, and Harco Willems, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta, Vol. 85 (Leuven:  Peeters en Departement Oosterse Studies, 1998)
  • "The Legal Status of Women in Ancient Egypt," pp. 175-86 & 215-18 in Anne K. Capel and Glenn E. Markoe, eds.,  Mistress of the House, Mistress of Heaven, Women in Ancient Egypt, catalogue accompanying the exhibit "Women in Ancient Egypt" organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum (New York:  Hudson Hill, 1997)
  • "Text Abbreviations Used by the Chicago Demotic Dictionary including all references cited as of June 20, 1988," Enchoria 21 (1994) 128-41
  • "The Persians and Continuity of Egyptian Culture," pp. 149-59 in Achaemenid History VIII.  Continuity and Change, Proceedings of the Last Achaemenid History Workshop (held in Ann Arbor, Spring, 1990), ed. by Heleen Sancisi-Weerdenburg, Amélie Kuhrt, and Margaret Cool Root (Leiden:  Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten, 1994)
  • "'Annuity Contracts' and Marriage," in For His Ka, Essays Offered in Memory of Klaus Baer, ed. by David P. Silverman, SAOC 55 (Chicago:  The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, 1994), pp. 113-32
  • "Computers, Graphics, and Papyrology," in Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Papyrologists, Copenhagen, 23-29 August, 1992, ed. by Adam Bulow-Jacobsen (Copenhagen:  Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen, 1994), pp. 618-20 Download
  • "Multiple Meaning and Ambiguity in the 'Demotic Chronicle'," with Robert K. Ritner, in Studies in Egyptology Presented to Miriam Lichtheim, ed. by Sarah Israelit-Groll (Jerusalem:  Magnes Press, The Hebrew University, 1990), pp. 494-506
  • "L'Egiziano," section 2 of Chapter 3 "Linguistica del Vicino e Medio Oriente," in Storia Della Linguistica, ed. by Giulio C. Lepschy, Vol. 1  (il Mulino, 1990):  pp. 86-96 (English language version in press)
  • "A Royal Head from Luxor," with Donald Whitcomb in Essays in Ancient Civilization Presented to Helene J. Kantor, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, Vol. 47 (1989), ed. by Albert Leonard, Jr., and Bruce Beyer Williams, pp. 135-48
  • "Ptolemaic Bureaucracy from an Egyptian Point of View," in The Organization of Power:  Aspects of Administration in the Ancient, Medieval and Ottoman Middle East, a symposium held at the University of Chicago, Spring, 1983, SAOC, Vol. 46, ed. by M. Gibson and R. Biggs, 1987, pp. 141-49 (reprinted 1991) Download
  • "The Use of the Articles and the Generic in Demotic," in Aspects of Demotic Lexicography, Acts of the Second International Conference for Demotic Studies, held in Leiden, September, 1984, ed. by Sven Vleeming (Leuven: Peeters, 1987): pp. 41-55 
  • "'Focussing' on Various 'Themes'," in Crossroad: Chaos or the Beginning of a New Paradigm, Papers from the Conference on Egyptian Grammar, Helsingør, 28-30 May 1986, "CNI Publications, vol. 1," ed. by Gertie Englund and Paul John Frandsen (Copenhagen:  The Carsten Niebuhr Institute of Ancient Near East Studies, 1986):  pp. 401-10
  • "The Role of the Egyptian Priesthood in Ptolemaic Egypt," in Egyptological Studies in Honor of Richard A. Parker,  ed. by Leonard H. Lesko  (Hanover, New Hampshire:  University Press of New England for Brown University Press, 1986):  pp. 70-84 Download
  • "Introduction to the Demotic Magical Texts" and translation of demotic magical texts in The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, ed. by Hans Dieter Betz (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1986)
  • "Quseir Project," National Geographic Society Research Reports [1977], 18 (1985) 389-99
  • "The Use of the Particle Mk  in Middle Kingdom Letters," in Studien zu Sprache und Religion Ägyptens.  Zu Ehren von Wolfhart Westendorf überreicht von seinen Freunden und Schülern, ed. by Friedrich Junge (Göttingen:  Göttinger Miszellen, 1984):  pp. 71-85
  • "Is the Demotic Chronicle an anti-Greek Tract?" in Grammata Demotika für Erich Lüddeckens zum 15. Juni 1983, ed. by H.-J. Thissen and K.-Th. Zauzich (Würzburg:  Gisela Zauzich Verlag, 1984):  pp. 107-24
  • "The Eastern Desert of Upper Egypt:  Routes and Inscriptions," with Lanny Bell and Donald Whitcomb, Journal of Near Eastern Studies  43 (1984) 27-46
  • "The Demotic Chronicle as a Statement of a Theory of Kingship," Journal of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities  13 (1983) 61-72 Download
  • "Demotic Nominal Sentences," in Studies Presented to Hans Jacob Polotsky, ed. by D. W. Young (1981):  pp. 414-30 Download
  • "Egypt and the Spice Trade," with Donald S. Whitcomb, Archaeology  34, #6 (November, 1981) 16-23
  • "NIMS in Middle Egyptian," Serapis  6 (1980) 69-73
  • "The Demotic Transliteration System Used by the Chicago Demotic Dictionary Project," Enchoria  10 (1980) 5-6
  • "Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt, and the Red Sea Trade," with Donald S. Whitcomb, Das Altertum  26 (1980) 103-12
  • "The Port of Quseir al-Qadim 1980," with Donald Whitcomb, Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin  51, #6 (June, 1980) 24-26
  • "Remarks on Egyptian Verbal Sentences," Afroasiatic Linguistics  5/5 (May, 1978) 1-20
  • "The Chicago Demotic Dictionary Project," Enchoria  8, Sonderband (1978) 11-13
  • "Louvre E 3229:  A Demotic Magical Text," Enchoria  7 (1977) 55-102
  • "Private Name Seals of the Middle Kingdom," in Seals and Sealing in the Ancient Near East, ed. by M. Gibson and R. D. Biggs, Bibliotheca Mesopotamica, Vol. 6 (1977):  pp. 141-45
  • "The Dialect of the Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden," in Studies in Honor of George R. Hughes, January 12, 1977, ed. by J. H. Johnson and E. F. Wente, Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization, Vol. 39 (1977):  pp. 105-32
  • "The Demotic Magical Spells of Leiden I 384," Oudheidkundige Mededelingen uit Rijksmuseum van Oudheden te Leiden  56 (1975) 29-64
  • "A Demotic Magical Text in Leiden," Serapis  3 (1975-1976) 9-15
  • "Glossary," to G. Mattha, The Demotic Legal Code of Hermopolis West, ed. by G. R. Hughes, Bibliothèque d'Étude, Vol. 45 (1975):  pp. 127-50
  • "Appendix B:  Hieroglyphic Text," to M. Gibson, Excavations at Nippur, Eleventh Season, Oriental Institute Communications, Vol. 22 (1975):  pp. 143-50
  • "The Demotic Chronicle as an Historical Source," Enchoria  4 (1974) 1-17 Download
  • "The Coptic Conditional Particles ßan  and ene  in Demotic," Journal of Near Eastern Studies  32 (1973) 167-69
  • "Conditional Clauses in Onchsheshonqy," Serapis  2 (1970) 22-28

    Lectures
    Invited, Unpublished

  • "What is the Demotic Dictionary?" to Chicago ARCE, February, 2010

  • "Women in Pharaonic and Hellenistic Egypt" in "Women in the Middle East, Past and Present," OI Museum Education Symposium, Saturday, November 14, 2009

  • "Sex, and other social behavior, in Ptolemaic Egypt:  How do we find out how a bi-cultural person acted when cultural expectations clashed?" OI brown bag lunch, April 8, 2000

  • "Chicago Demotic Dictionary," International Demotic Conference, Leuven, August, 2008; for summer papyrology seminar, Stanford University, July, 2008

  • "Gender Distinctions, Legal Similarities," OI Symposium "A Mummy Comes to Life," February 21, 2009, OI; repeated for OI Docents, May 10, 2009

  • "Women in Ancient Egypt:  Legal Equality, Social Differentiation, and Symbols of Sexuality and Fertility" for the Chicago Chapter of ARCE, January, 2008

  • "Chicago Demotic Dictionary" for panel organized by Deborah Anderson, UC Berkeley, entitled "Online Dictionaries for Historic and Lesser Known Languages:  An Update", for DSNA (Dictionary Society of North America) XVI, Chicago, June, 2007

  • "(Women and) Sexuality in Ancient Egypt" in an Ancient Studies Colloquium "Women's Pleasure in Ancient Literature and Art"  held at Johns Hopkins University, April 13, 2007

  • "Gender and Marriage in Ancient Egypt" in "Ehe als Ernstfall der Geschlechterdifferenz, Herausforderungen für Frau und Mann in kulturellen Symbolsystemen," sponsored by "Wahrnehmung des Geschlechterdifferenz in religiösen Symbolsystemen," Katholisch-Theologische Fakultät, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, February, 2007

  • "Post-New Kingdom Egypt," docent training lecture, Oriental Institute Museum, September, 2006

  • "Women in the Time of Tutankhamun," weeklong Seminar on "The World in the Time of Tutankamun" for Oriental Institute Museum Education, July, 2006

  • "Cleopatra as CEO: Bureaucracy and Scandal in the Hostile Takeover of a First-Century (BCE) Multinational," 2006 Charles Wilkinson Lecture, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, May 4, 2006; as Members' Lecture for the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, March, 2007; for the Illinois Classical Conference, October, 2007; for the Northern California ARCE, Orange County ARCE, and Ancient Egypt/LA, January, 2010

  • "Sinuhe and Egyptian Literature" for Alpha Delt fraternity, University of Chicago, March, 2006
  • "Women in Greco-Roman Egypt: gender, ethnicity and cultural identity" for Montgomery Place, December 9, 2005
  • "Philae, Nubia, and Isis; Rome, Meroe, and Christianity" for the annual OI Docents' Recognition Day, December 5, 2005 (shorter version given at conference in conjunction with meeting of Academic Editorial Committee of the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, March 25, 2006)
  • "Women's Rights in Ancient Egypt," Scripps College, March, 2005
  • "Women in Greco-Roman Egypt: gender, ethnicity and cultural identity," Scripps College, March, 2005
  • "Women's Legal Rights in Ancient Egypt," UCLA, March, 2005
  • Discussant for AIA/APA panel : "(Con)Textual Encounters in Egypt: Bridging the Disciplinary Divide Between Archaeology and Papyrology," January, 2005, Boston
  • "Sex, Marriage, and Property Rights," (U of C) Gender Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series, October, 2004
  • "Women's Status in Ancient Egypt," for Betul Basaran's class "Women Behind the Veil," University of Chicago, Fall, 2002
  • "DDP:  On-Line and in the Future," presented at the 8th International Conference for Demotic Studies, Würzburg, August, 2002
  • "Late Period Grammar, Lexicography, & Related 'Stuff', Including some references to abnormal hieratic, late 'regular' hieratic, Aramaic, Carian, 'Ptolemaic' hieroglyphs, demotic, Coptic, and 'Meroitic'," in panel on Late Period at annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Baltimore, April, 2002
  • "An Interactive Electronic Readingbook for Middle Egyptian," presented to the 2001 Humanities Division Open House, October, 2001
    "Ancient Texts, What they tell us, How we use them," presented to Kenwood High School Anthropology class, January, 2002
  • "Egyptian and Demotic Lexicography," in panel discussion of ancient Near Eastern Lexicography sponsored by the Midwest AOS, February, 2001, Notre Dame University
  • "Respondent" to Plenary Session discussion of "Egyptian Language;" "Status Report on the Chicago Demotic Dictionary;" and "Status Report on the Ancient Egyptian Bibliography" at the 8th International Congress of Egyptology, Cairo, March-April, 2000
  • "Egyptian Language and Egyptian Hieroglyphs" and "Electronic Resources" at Oriental Institute Workshop on Egyptian Hieroglyphs, March 4, 2000
  • "The Chicago Demotic Dictionary:  Status Report," at 6th International Congress of Demotists, Copenhagen, August, 1999, and at 8th International Congress of Egyptologists, Cairo, March-April, 2000
  • "Women's Rights in Ancient Egypt," the 1999 William F. Albright Lecture at Johns Hopkins University, April, 1999; the 10th Annual W. Kendrick Pritchett lecture for the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley, November, 1998
  • "The Chicago Demotic Dictionary Project," in the Oriental Institute workshop "From Clay Tablets to CD-ROMs:  Behind the Scenes at the Oriental Institute Dictionary Projects," March, 1998
  • "Hieratic and Demotic" and "Coptic," presented to a workshop on Ancient Egyptian Writing, UCLA Extension, May, 1997
  • "Red Tape and Bureaucracy:  the Ptolemaic Version," presented at a symposium on the "Royal Ptolemies" organized by the American Research Center in Egypt and held in New York in December, 1996
  • "The Legal Status of Women in Ancient Egypt," presented to the symposium on Women in Ancient Egypt held at the Cincinnati Art Museum, November, 1996, and The Brooklyn Museum, April, 1997, in conjunction with the exhibit of the same name, as part of an Oriental Institute mini-course "A Woman's World:  Being Female in the Ancient Near East," April, 1997, and to the Docents of the Oriental Institute, October, 1997; var.:  a 2-part presentation for 1995 NEH summer institute "Women in the Ancient Near East" held at Brown University, June, 1995
  • "The Chicago Demotic Dictionary Project," at the 6th International Congress of Demotic Studies, Cairo, September, 1996; earlier progress reports were given at the XVIth International Congress of Papyrologists, New York, Summer 1980, the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Boston, Spring 1981 and the First International Congress of Demotists, Berlin 1977
  • "On Achaemenid Egypt," presented to the Seminar in Achaemenid History, University of Chicago, Spring, 1993; var.:  "Achaemenids in Egypt," at the Achaemenid Colloquium, University of Chicago, Summer 1978
  • "Writing in Egypt," in Symposium entitled "The Alphabet as a Technology in the West," sponsored by the Institute of Semitic Studies, Princeton, Fall, 1988; var.:  "Scribes in Egyptian Society," for the Symposium "Literacy and Scribal Traditions in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia," sponsored by the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, Fall, 1991; "Scribes & Egyptian Society," University of Illinois Chicago chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Winter, 1992; "Egyptian Hieroglyphs:  Pictures and Literature," Hiram College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa , Winter, 1991; "Egypt, A Literate Society," at Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago), Spring 1981; "Avoid Hard Work, Taxes, and Bosses:  Be A Scribe!" at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Detroit, Fall 1977  
  • "Summarizer" for 2nd International Conference on Egyptian Grammar, held at UCLA, October, 1990
  • "Standing Monuments (Especially Temples) as Historical Sources in Ancient Egypt," to the University of Iowa and University of Michigan chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Spring, 1989; var.:  "The Contribution of Monumental Inscriptions to Knowledge of Egyptian History," at UCLA, April, 1985  
  • "Egyptian Professions:  Ni'nkhKhnum, Khnumhotep, and the Satire on the Trades," to the Women's Board of the Field Museum, Fall, 1988
  • "Chicago on the Nile," to the University of Chicago Alumni Association in Boston, April, 1988; var.:  "Preserving Egypt's Ancient Records:  The Work of Chicago House in Luxor," to members of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago Alumni, and Southern California branch of the American Research Center in Egypt, Los Angeles, April 1985
  • "Semantics and Demotic," at the 3rd International Congress of Demotists, Cambridge, England, Fall 1987
  • "Late Period Literature," for the  symposium "Tales of the Pharaohs:  The Literature of Ancient Egypt," in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Toronto, Fall 1986
  • "Sondages in the Town Mound at Luxor Temple," at the annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Washington, D.C., Spring 1986
  • 5th Annual George Cameron Lecture, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan, "Exploration Beyond the Nile:  The Eastern Desert of Egypt," Ann Arbor, Spring 1984  (also given to the Gustavus Adolphus College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Spring, 1988; earlier versions of this paper were given to members of the Oriental Institute, December 1982 [with Donald S. Whitcomb], to the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Toronto, Fall 1981, to Brown University, Winter 1981, to the South Suburban Archaeological Society [Chicago], Summer 1981[with Donald S. Whitcomb], to Minneapolis, Minnesota, chapter of the Archaeological Institute of American, Spring 1978 [with Donald S. Whitcomb])
  • "Demotic Magical Texts," at the first International Congress of Demotists, Berlin, Fall 1977

Workshop Presentations

  • "The Legal Status of Women in Ancient Egypt," Ancient Society Workshop, Winter, 1996
  • "Ethnicity and Community in Persian Period Egypt,"Ancient Society Workshop, Fall, 1994
  • "Prophecy in Late Period Egypt," Ancient Society Workshop, Fall, 1993

Conferences and Workshops Organized

  • One (of three) regional coordinators for the Chicago excursion associated with the 25th International Congress of Papyrology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July-August, 2007"The Chicago-Stanford Seminar on Hellenistic Egypt," 5 one-day seminars, 3 held in Chicago (Chicago Humanities Institute) and 2 at Stanford during 1997-1998 (co-organizer with Chris Faraone [Classics, CAMW] and Robert Ritner from Chicago and Susan Stephens and Joseph G. Manning from Stanford)
  • "Life in a Multi-Cultural Society:  Egypt from Cambyses to Constantine (and Beyond)," held in association with the Fourth International Congress of Demoticists, September, 1990
  • "Workshop on the Society and Religion of Ancient Egypt," 1988-89, 1989-90
  • Annual meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt, Spring, 1988

Book Reviews

  • A Companion to Demotic Studies, by Mark Depauw, in JNES 60 (2001) 55-56
  • Life of the Ancient Egyptians, by Eugen Strouhal, with photographs by Werner Forman, trans. by Deryck Viney, in The Classical Bulletin 70/1 (1994) 31-33
  • Studies on Ptolemaic Memphis, Studia Hellenistica, Vol. 24, by Dorothy J. Crawford, Jan Quaegebeur, and Willy Clarysse, in JNES  46 (1987) 323-24  
  • Introduction to Sahidic Coptic, by Thomas O. Lambdin, in JNES  45 (1986) 158-60
  • Sekhmet et la protection du monde, Aegyptiaca Helvetica, Vol. 9, by Philippe Germond, in JAOS  104 (1984) 361-62
  • From the Contents of the Libraries of the Suchos Temples in the Fayyum, Part 1:  A Medical Book from Crocodilopolis ;  Part 2:  From Ancient Egyptian Hermetic Writings, Mitteilungen aus der Papyrussammlung der österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer), N.S. Vol. 10-11, by E. A. E. Reymond, in JNES  41 (1982) 301-3
  • Coptic Etymological Dictionary, compiled by J. ÄŒerný, in JNES  41 (1982) 139-40
  • Textes grecs, démotiques et bilingues, Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava, Vol. 19, ed. by diverse authors and publ. by E. Boswinkel and P. W. Pestman, in JAOS  102 (1982) 396-97
  • Frägen an die altägyptische Literatur, Studien zum Gedenken Eberhard Otto, ed. by Jan Assmann, Erika Feucht, and Reinhard Grieshammer, in Serapis  5 (1980) 60-62
  • The Archive of Hor, Egypt Exploration Society, Texts from Excavations, Vol. 2, by J. D. Ray, in JNES  39 (1980) 232-34
  • Commodity Prices from the Ramessid Period, by Jac. J. Janssen, in JNES  38 (1979) 68-69
  • Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica, Vol. 6/7 (1975-1976), Miscellanea in Honorem Josephi Vergote, ed. by P. Naster, H. de Meulenaere, and J. Quaegebeur, in JNES  38 (1979) 138-39
  • Dizionario di Mitologia Egizia, Vol. 4, by R. V. Lanzone, in JNES  38 (1979) 70
  • Grammaire fonctionelle et progressive de l'Egyptien démotique , by Pierre du Bourguet, s.j., in BiOr  35 (1978) 35-40
  • An Outline of the Late Egyptian Verbal System, by Paul John Frandsen, in JAOS  97 (1977) 590-92
  • The Demotic Ostraca in the National Museum of Antiquities at Leiden , Collections of the National Museum of Antiquities at Leiden, Vol. 1, by M. A. A. Nur el-Din, in JNES  36 (1977) 219
  • A Visit to Ancient Egypt:  Life at Memphis & Saqqara (c. 500-30 BC), by H. S. Smith, in BiOr  33 (1976) 182
  • Syntax of the Negative Particles bw and bn in Late Egyptian, Münchner Ägyptologische Studien, Vol. 29, by Virginia Lee Davis, in JNES  35 (1976) 214-16
  • Ägyptische Handschriften, Part 1, Verzeichnis der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland, Vol. 19/1, by Ursula Kaplony-Heckel, in JNES  34 (1975) 280-81
  • Ägyptische Handschriften, Part 2, Verzeichnis der Orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland, Vol. 19/2, by Karl-Theodor Zauzich, in JNES  34 (1975) 281-83
  • Orientalische Geschichte von Kyros bis Mohammed, Lfg. 1A, Handbuch der Orientalistik, Abt. 1, Bd. 2, Absch. 4, by E. Visser and H. Volkmann, in JAOS  95 (1975) 105-6
  • Der Text der "Nilhymnus,"  Klein Ägyptische Texte, by Wolfgang Helck, in JAOS  95 (1975) 104-5
  • Karnak, by K. Michaelowski, in JNES  33 (1974) 167-68
  • Enchoria, Zeitschrift für Demotistik und Koptologie, Vol. 1 (1971), in JNES  31 (1972) 138

On-Going Research

  • Director, Demotic Dictionary Project
  • Re-publication of the so-called Demotic Chronicle

Dissertations Supervised (as first reader only)

  • Vanessa Davies ("The Dynamics of Hetep in Ancient Egypt," degree awarded Summer, 2010)
  • Alexandra O'Brien ("Private Tradition, Public State:  Women in Demotic Business and Administrative Texts from Ptolemaic and Roman Thebes," degree awarded Fall, 1999)
  • Terry G. Wilfong ("The Woman of Jême:  Women's Roles in a Coptic Town in Late Antique Egypt," degree awarded Fall, 1994
  • Joseph Manning ("The Conveyance of Real Property in Upper Egypt During the Ptolemaic Period:  A Study of the Hauswaldt Papyri and Other Related Demotic Instruments of Transfer," degree awarded Spring, 1992)
  • Richard L. Jasnow ("A Late Period Hieratic Wisdom Text [P. Brooklyn 47.218.135]," degree awarded Fall, 1988)
  • Robert K. Ritner ("The Mechanics of Ancient Egyptian Magic," degree awarded Summer, 1987)
  • Eugene D. Cruz-Uribe ("Saite and Persian Cattle Documents and their use in the Legal System in Ancient Egypt," degree awarded Fall, 1983)
  • Mark J. Smith ("The Demotic Mortuary Papyrus Louvre E3452," degree awarded Spring, 1979; Galler Prize for best dissertation in the Humanities awarded Spring, 1980)

non-University of Chicago Committees

  • Jacco Dielemann, University of Leiden, Fall, 2003
  • Alejandro Botta, Hebrew University, Winter, 2002
  • Brian Muhs, University of Pennsylvania, Spring, 1996
  • Stephen Vinson, Johns Hopkins University, Spring, 1995

Courses Taught

  • Old Egyptian, Middle Egyptian, Late Egyptian, Demotic, Coptic, Hieratic, (Middle Egyptian and hieratic testing METEOR), Middle Kingdom Political Literature, Heqanakht Papyri, Mathematical Texts, XXth Dynasty Theban Texts, Demotic Legal Texts, Demotic Historical Texts, Demotic Literary Texts, Texts from the Tomb of Petosiris, Ptolemaic Hieroglyphs, Ptolemaic Inscriptions, Coptic Dialects, Coptic Documentary Texts, Non-Literary Coptic Texts, Problems of the Egyptian Verb
  • Introduction to Egyptology, Survey of Egyptian History, Readings in New Kingdom History, New Kingdom History, Proseminar in Nubian History, Saite and Persian Egypt, Post-Saite Egypt, Seminar: Egypt During the Persian Period, Egyptian History--Roman and Byzantine Periods, Town Organization in Ancient Egypt, Women in Ancient Egypt; Perspectives on the Near East: Women in Ancient Egypt

On-line courses

  • Women in Ancient Egypt, class schedule, reading list, bibliography and extensive translations posted at Diotima Web-site ( http://www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/Classics/syllabi.html )
  • Testing Meteor Middle Egyptian Readingbook
  •    ME texts 2, Fall, 2002; Hieratic, Winter, 2003; ME texts 1, Spring, 2003 & Spring, 2004

University Service

  • Chairman, Humanities Division's Technology Oversight Committee (Member, 1997-)
  • Member, Council of the University Senate (2000-2003)
  • acting Chairman, NELC; acting Director, OI (various)
  • Member, Committe to Review the Library (1996-97)
  • Member, Committee on Appointment Inequities (Faculty) (1993-97)
  • Member, Committee on Appointment Inequities (Academic Nonfaculty) (1993-97)
  • Member, Humanities Institute Faculty Governing Board (1991-93)
  • Member, Board of Directors, David and Alfred Smart Gallery (1985-90)
  • Member, Board of the Library (1981-85)
  • Mrs. Giles Whiting Fellowship Committee (1981)
  • Faculty Committee on the Long-Term Financial Situation of the University (1979-81)
  • prepared, with Carole Krucoff and Peter Piccione, a month-long program introducing the OI and lecturing specifically about Egypt and Egyptian astronomy for Project Upward Bound, the Office of Special Projects, February-March, 1995

    NELC, 2003-4
  • Chairman, Robert Cross Scholarship Committee, NELC (1998-)
  • Co-Chairman, Harold Rantz Scholarship Committee, NELC (2000-)
  • Member, Student Affairs Committee (2001- )
  • reader, BA paper 2004 (1, Ancient Studies)
  • reader, MA paper 2004 (1, NELC; 1, Anthropology)
  • Dean's Representative, Classics (2003)

    OI, 2003-4
  • Member, OI Publications Committee (1990-)
  • Member, OI Policy Committee (2000-)
  • Chairman, Ritner promotion committee (2004)

Non-University Service

  • Outside Reviewer for promotion of Mark Smith, Oxford (2004)
  • Outside Reviewer for promotion of Richard Jasnow, Johns Hopkins University; Terry Wilfong, University of Michigan; Joseph Manning, Stanford University (2003)
  • Member, Groupe de Recherches  "Réseau International d'études et de recherches achéménides" of the College de France (2001-2005)
  • Panelist, NEH, Centers for Advanced Study and International Research Organizations Programs, March, 1995
  • Member, Outside Review Committee, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley, January, 1995
  • Member, Outside Review Committee, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Toronto, Fall, 1993
  • Interview on Vantage Point (WTMX- FM), Sunday, November 26, 2001 (In re:  studying ancient Egyptian)
  • Participant, Extension 720 (WGN radio), hosted by Milton Rosenberg, Fall, 1986  (In re:  ancient Egypt); WGN Chicago Roundtable, hosted by Milton Rosenberg, Summer, 1984  (In re:  Near Eastern studies)
  • Interview on Opportunity Line, April, 1981  (In re:  archaeology as a career); with Frank Leslie (WEFM), December, 1980, with BBC radio, March, 1980, with Studs Terkel, January, l980 (all In re:  Quseir, with Donald S. Whitcomb)
  • Member, The Chicago Network (1985-89)
  • Member, Society of Woman Geographers (1990-)
  • Tour guide for OI tour to Egypt, Spring, 1983, with Donald S. Whitcomb