Dr Troy Sagrillo
Senior Lecturer
Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Telephone: (01792) 513538
Room: Office - 213
Second Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

Dr. Troy Leiland Sagrillo is a Senior Lecturer in Egyptology in the Department of History and Classics.

He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Illustration and Graphic Design at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, and regularly uses his design skills as an epigrapher and archæological illustrator on archæological missions in Egypt. He completed a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Syro-Palestinian Archæology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson. His Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Egyptology was begun in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto, and was completed in the Faculteit Letteren [Egyptologie] of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

Prior to his appointment at Swansea University, Dr. Sagrillo was a Visiting Lecturer in Egyptology in Departments of History and Archæology of Peking University [Běijīng dàxué], Běijīng, China; and a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

Dr. Sagrillo is a member of the International Association of Egyptologists, München, Germany; the Egyptian Exploration Society, London, UK; the American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt; and the Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Toronto, Canada.

Areas of Expertise

  • Third Intermediate Period
  • Ancient Egyptian History
  • Ancient Egyptian foreign relations

Publications

  1. Sagrillo, T. King Djeḥuty-em-ḥat in Swansea: Three model scribal palettes in the collection of the Egypt Centre of Swansea University (Ed.), A true scribe of Abydos: Essays on first millennium Egypt in honour of Anthony Leahy. 385 414 Leuven Uitgeverij Peeters
  2. Sagrillo, T. Shoshenq I and biblical Šîšaq: A philological defense of their traditional equation (Ed.), Solomon and Shishak: Current perspectives from archaeology, epigraphy, history and chronology 61 81 Oxford Archaeopress
  3. Sagrillo, T. Šîšaq’s army: 2 Chronicles 12:2–3 from an Egyptological perspective (Ed.), The ancient Near East in the 12th–10th Centuries BCE: Culture and history 425 450 Münster Ugarit-Verlag
  4. Sagrillo, T. The heart scarab of King Shoshenq III (Brooklyn Museum 61.10) Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 97 240 246
  5. Sagrillo, T. The geographic origins of the ‘Bubastite’ Dynasty and possible locations for the royal residence and burial place of Shoshenq I (Ed.), The Libyan period in Egypt: Historical and cultural studies into the 21st–24th Dynasties 341 359 Leiden and Leuven Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten and Uitgeverij Peeters

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Teaching

  • CL-M09 Dissertation in Ancient History and or Classical Literature

    Dissertation in Ancient History or an approved Classical subject.

  • CL-M36 Egyptology Dissertation

    Dissertation module for the MA in Ancient Egyptian Culture.

  • 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.

  • CL-M93 Intermediate Middle Egyptian 2 (MA)

    This module introduces students to a selection of major literary texts written in Middle Egyptian.

  • CL-M96 Rags and tatters: Ancient Egyptian history and historiography

    Despite its fundamental importance, the study of Egyptian history suffers from a major problem: the current existence of only a handful of historical sources -- a vanishingly tiny fraction of that which must once have existed -- a textual corpus that Alan Gardiner once characterized as "a collection of rags and tatters." This module will examine how Egyptian history has been reconstructed from this tiny corpus of Egyptian historical texts, ranging from the Old Kingdom through the Late Period. The texts to be studied will include formal, state-sponsored documents such as royal annals, battle reliefs, and ¿victory stelae,¿ as well as private notices of historical events mentioned in autobiographies and letters. Most texts studied will be Egyptian, but with important additions from the Kushite, Levantine, Mesopotamian, and Greek spheres (especially when an event is mentioned by more than one cultural group). Particular attention will be paid to the interpretation of the texts and their meanings from an Egyptian perspective and their role in Egyptian society.

  • 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.

  • CLE200 The art of ancient Egypt: continuity and change

    This module is an introduction to the visual art and material culture of ancient Egypt in a variety of media, from the Predynastic Period through the Late Period and after. It will also touch upon the impact of Egyptian art on neighboring areas, such as western Asia and the Middle and Upper Nile Valley (the Sudan). After initially delving into theoretical aspects of art history, the module will examine the technical and aesthetic developments in Egyptian art, examining on their cultural, religious, and political contexts. Issues such as the purposes of ancient Egyptian art, state vs private art, religious and funerary vs ¿secular,¿ portraiture, etc. will be discussed as well.

  • 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.

  • CLE228 Culture and Cultural Influence in Ancient Egypt

    A traditional view considers Egypt to have been self-contained, isolated from her neighbors in Africa and the Near East, and rather static. Egypt appeared to be a civilization devoid of dynamics and innovation, while the particular case of innovation from abroad was believed to be mostly late, marginal, or not decisive for its cultural profile. This image of an Egypt that prospered only because of its isolationism and was characterized by a high degree of stability has influenced much of the scholarly discourse on Egyptian civilization. This module intends to revise this picture and to present examples of cultural impact and innovation, from the domains of weaponry and industry, ideology and religion, literature and language, as well as presenting an overview of Egypt¿s relations with her neighbors. It also reflects about modern conceptions of culture and their application to ancient Egypt.

  • CLE229 Ancient Egyptian Stories, Spells, Poems and Propaganda

    The Ancient Egyptians prided themselves on their eloquence, and this culture produced some of the earliest examples of major genres including narratives, spells, stories, poems, and propaganda. This module introduces the student to a range of texts in translation as well as the problems and methods of interpretation within the context of Ancient Egyptian culture.

  • CLE325 Intermediate Middle Egyptian 1 (Year 3)

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

  • CLE330 Cultural Influence in Ancient Egypt

    A traditional view considers Egypt to have been self-contained, isolated from her neighbours in Africa and the Near East, and rather static. Egypt appeared to be a civilisation devoid of dynamics and innovation, while the particular case of innovation from abroad was believed to be mostly late, marginal, or not decisive for its cultural profile. This image of an Egypt that prospered only because of its isolationism and was characterised by a high degree of stability has influenced much of the scholarly discourse on Egyptian civilisation. This module intends to revise this picture and to present examples of cultural impact and innovation, from the domains of weaponry and industry, ideology and religion, literature and language, as well as presenting an overview of Egypt¿s relations with her neighbours. It also reflects about modern conceptions of culture and their application to ancient Egypt.

  • CLE333 Egyptian Language: Reading Advanced Texts

    This module builds upon the student's ability in the Egyptian language and is dedicated to the in-depth study, translation, criticism, interpretation of one or more Egyptian texts in the original. Depending on the needs and interests of the students, the texts selected will be drawn from Old, Middle or Late Egyptian; Demonic; or Coptic.

  • CLE336 Ramesses III: Empire, Invasion, and Conspiracy

    The long reign of Ramesses III was a period of turmoil due to possible environmental change, the invasions of foreign peoples (Libyans and Aegean/Anatolian ¿Sea Peoples¿) and murderous conspiracies plotted by his own family. Outside of Egypt, the great Late Bronze Age kingdoms of the Hittites, Minoans and Mycenaeans, and the Assyrians were collapsing, perhaps giving a kernel of historic truth to Homer¿s later description of the Trojan War. This module examines the political and social history of Ramesses¿ reign, utilizing both textual and archaeological evidence from in and outside of Egypt, to illuminate a truly fascinating period of Egyptian history.

  • CLE337 The Second Intermediate Period in Egypt and beyond

    The rule of Lower Egypt by the Levantine people known as the ¿Hyksos¿ during the Second Intermediate Period had a significant impact on Egyptian culture long after they had been expelled. This module examines the political and social history of the period, utilizing textual and archaeological evidence from both Egypt and the Levant, with the aim of presenting the Hyksos and their culture in a broad context.

  • CLE338 Taharqo and the Napatan Period of Egypt and Nubia

    Working from translated texts (Egyptian, Hebrew [biblical], Akkadian, Greek), and archaeological evidence, students will lead a series of directed seminars on the impact of the reign of the Nubian pharaoh, Taharqo, and the Neo-Assyrian invasions of the Levant and Egypt, as well as examining the political and religious ideologies manifested during Dynasty 25 in Egypt and Nubia.

  • CLE396 A collection of rags and tatters. Ancient Egyptian history and historiography

    Despite its fundamental importance, the study of Egyptian history suffers from a major problem: the current existence of only a handful of historical sources -- a vanishingly tiny fraction of that which must once have existed -- a textual corpus that Alan Gardiner once characterized as "a collection of rags and tatters." This module will examine how Egyptian history has been reconstructed from this tiny corpus of Egyptian historical texts, ranging from the Old Kingdom through the Late Period. The texts to be studied will include formal, state-sponsored documents such as royal annals, battle reliefs, and ¿victory stelae,¿ as well as private notices of historical events mentioned in autobiographies and letters. Most texts studied will be Egyptian, but with important additions from the Kushite, Levantine, Mesopotamian, and Greek spheres (especially when an event is mentioned by more than one cultural group). Particular attention will be paid to the interpretation of the texts and their meanings from an Egyptian perspective and their role in Egyptian society.

Supervision

  • The Khenerout of Ancient Egypt: The significance of a female class of priesthood from the Old to the New Kingdom«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kasia Szpakowska
  • Amulets of the First Millennium BC in Lower Egypt (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christian Knoblauch
  • The Use of Precious Metals in Pharaonic Egypt (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ersin Hussein
  • Creating the king in early Saite Egypt: Changing ideologies of rulership under Psamtik I (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christian Knoblauch