Professor Martina Minas-Nerpel

Professor Martina Minas-Nerpel
Professor
Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Telephone: (01792) 295188

I am Professor of Egyptology at Swansea University. I earned my Magister Artium (M.A.) in Egyptology and Classical Archaeology at Trier University (Germany) and subsequently completed a Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) research degree in Egyptology at Oxford University before returning to Trier University, first with a Lectureship, then with an Assistant Professorship (Hochschulassistentin) in Egyptology. At Trier University, I completed the Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.) and the Habilitation (Dr. habil.) before moving to Swansea in autumn 2006. I was previously an Alexander von Humboldt-research scholar at Oxford University (2002) and a visiting professor at Ain Shams University, Cairo (2005). I served on the Board of Trustees of the Egypt Exploration Society for three years from December 2010 and am now a member of their Fieldwork and Research Committee. At Swansea University I serve as the Director of the Graduate Centre of the College of Arts and Humanities.

Publications

  1. Offering the jj.t-knife to Haroeris in the temple of Isis at Shanhur. In R. Jasnow and G. Widmer (Ed.), In: R. Jasnow and G. Widmer (eds.), Illuminating Osiris. Egyptological Studies in Honor of Mark Smith. (pp. 259-275). Atlanta, USA: Lockwood Press.
  2. & (Eds.). Ägyptische Königinnen vom Neuen Reich bis in die islamische Zeit. Beiträge zur Konferenz in der Kulturabteilung der Botschaft der Arabischen Republik Ägypten in Berlin am 19.01.2013.. Vaterstetten: Verlag Patrick Brose.
  3. ‘Arsinoe II. und Berenike II.: Frühptolemäische Königinnen im Spannungsfeld zweier Kulturen’.. In M. Eldamaty, F. Hoffmann, and M. Minas-Nerpel (Ed.), Ägyptische Königinnen vom Neuen Reich bis in die islamische Zeit. Beiträge zur Konferenz in der Kulturabteilung der Botschaft der Arabischen Republik Ägypten in Berlin am 19.01.2013.. (pp. 87-114). Vaterstetten/Germany: Verlag Patrick Brose.
  4. ‘Pharaoh and temple building in the fourth century BC’ (in press for 2017). In P. McKechnie (Ed.), Ptolemy I Soter and the transformation of Egypt 404–282 BC, international conference held at Macquarie University Sydney, 28–30 September 2011. Leiden: Brill.
  5. Ptolemaic queens in the Egyptian temple reliefs: Inter-cultural reflections of political authority, or religious imperatives?. In In P. Kousoulis and N. Lazaridis (eds.) Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress of Egyptologists, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, 22-29 May 2008. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta.. (pp. 809-821). Leuven/Belgium: Peeters.

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Teaching

  • CL-M30 Understanding Ancient Egyptian Culture

    This module will introduce students to selected key theories, methodologies and approaches currently used to further the study of ancient Egyptian culture. Case- studies will be presented based on the expertise of the staff and may vary.

  • CL-M67 Text and Narrative in Graeco-Roman Egypt

    This module forms an integral part of both the MA in Ancient Egyptian Culture and the MA in Ancient Narrative Literature. It consists of an introduction to the topic followed by a series of case studies of selected passages representative of Egyptian, Greek, and Graeco-Egyptian texts and literature of Graeco-Roman Egypt (all in translation).

  • CL-M73 Beginning Middle Egyptian1 (MA)

    The module introduces the student to the writing system of ancient Egypt and the language of hieroglyphic texts.

  • CL-M74 Beginning Middle Egyptian 2 (MA)

    The module introduces the student to the writing system of ancient Egypt and the language of hieroglyphic texts. It builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in Middle Egyptian Language 1 for MA students and takes the student on to a better understanding of Egyptian grammar and culture.

  • CL-M92 Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (MA)

    This module continues the study the grammar of the Middle Egyptian language in the hieroglyphic script.

  • CLD300 Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation

    Dissertation module for students doing single honours or joint honours degrees in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Egyptology. The aim is for students to do detailed research, to work on a project for several months and to produce a scholarly study of c. 8000-10000 words. The dissertation topic can be chosen freely, in consultation with a member of academic staff and subject to compatibility with a student's degree scheme and availability of supervisors and library material. This is a chance for students to pursue an area in which they are especially interested, and to deal with it in depth. Students may choose to do museum-based research. There are two preparatory pieces of assessment: an abstract, outline and bibliography, and an analysis of crucial source material and/or secondary literature. Work on the dissertation itself takes up most of the two semesters. Students are expected to do research independently, but there is a series of lectures in the first semester to provide advice on research and scholarly writing, Every student will be assigned a supervisor who will be organising group sessions with his/her supervisees and who will also be available for one-to-one supervision sessions.

  • CLE112 Beginning Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 1)

    This module introduces the grammar of the Middle Egyptian language in the hieroglyphic script.

  • CLE113 Beginning Middle Egyptian Language 2 (Year 1)

    This module continues the formal study of Classical Egyptian grammar in the hieroglyphic script.

  • CLE221 Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 2)

    This module continues the study the grammar of the Middle Egyptian language in the hieroglyphic script.

  • CLE225 Beginning Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 2)

    This module introduces the grammar of the Middle Egyptian language in the hieroglyphic script.

  • CLE226 Beginning Middle Egyptian 2 (Year 2)

    This module continues the formal study of Classical Egyptian grammar in the hieroglyphic script.

  • CLE242 Priestesses and goddesses: The queens of ancient Egypt

    This module examines the developing role of the queen of Egypt from the Old Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period, with an emphasis on the queens of the New Kingdom, the God¿s Wives, and the Ptolemaic Queens. Egyptian queenship was complementary to kingship, both in dynastic and Ptolemaic Egypt. The king and the queen functioned as the basic duality through which regeneration of the creative power of the kingship was accomplished. The queen was considered to be a manifestation of Hathor, the female prototype of creation. The royal mothers and wives played a fundamental role in the mythological renewal of kingship, but only in very rare cases, the queen could assume the power and surpass her traditional role as king¿s wife, mother, sister, or daughter. On one hand, the module will explore the theoretical background of the kingship and queenship ideology; on the other hand, specific cases will be discussed, comprising queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, Nefertari, Arsinoe II, and the various Cleopatras, including the most famous one, Cleopatra VII Philopator, and the God¿s Wives of Amun. Written sources (in hieroglyphic Egyptian and Demotic, Greek, and Latin ¿ in translation) as well as iconographic and archaeological evidence will be taken into account in order to understand the queens of Egypt in their political, historical, social, and cultic context.

  • CLE325 Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 3)

    This module continues the study the grammar of the Middle Egyptian language in the hieroglyphic script.

  • CLE342 Ancient Egyptian and Ptolemaic Queens

    This module examines the developing role of the queen of Egypt from the Old Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period, with an emphasis on the queens of the New Kingdom, the God¿s Wives, and the Ptolemaic Queens. Egyptian queenship was complementary to kingship, both in dynastic and Ptolemaic Egypt. The king and the queen functioned as the basic duality through which regeneration of the creative power of the kingship was accomplished. The queen was considered to be a manifestation of Hathor, the female prototype of creation. The royal mothers and wives played a fundamental role in the mythological renewal of kingship, but only in very rare cases, the queen could assume the power and surpass her traditional role as king¿s wife, mother, sister, or daughter. On one hand, the module will explore the theoretical background of the kingship and queenship ideology; on the other hand, specific cases will be discussed, comprising queens like Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, Nefertari, Arsinoe II, and the various Cleopatras, including the most famous one, Cleopatra VII Philopator, and the God¿s Wives of Amun. Written sources (in hieroglyphic Egyptian and Demotic, Greek, and Latin ¿ in translation) as well as iconographic and archaeological evidence will be taken into account in order to understand the queens of Egypt in their political, historical, social, and cultic context.

Supervision

  • A Study of Royal Female Power and Political Influence in Ancient Egypt: Contextualizing Queenship in the Twelfth Dynasty (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kasia Szpakowska
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kasia Szpakowska
  • An examination of the economic classification of donations to temples between the Twenty-first Dynasty and the Ptolemaic Period (1077-30 BC) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Troy Sagrillo
  • 'Diegetic Lists in the Early Egyptian ''''Book of the Dead.'''' A Contextual Analysis of Demonic Entities in Private Second Millennium Manuscripts' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kasia Szpakowska