Short CV/Education and training

  • 1974
    Born in Saarbrücken, Germany

  • 1994
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Leibniz Gymnasium (grammar school), St. Ingbert, Germany

  • 1994 – 1998
    Studied Egyptology and Comparative Religion, and also several terms of Ancient Near Eastern Studies (with a focus on Near Eastern Archaeology), Classical Archaeology and Indology, at the University of Tübingen, Germany

  • Since 1997
    At the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany (attending courses in Egyptology, Semitic Studies, Theology and Jewish Studies)

  • 1998
    Magister Artium degree (MA) in Egyptology and comparative religious studies at the University of Tübingen

  • 2002
    Doctorate from the University of Tübingen

  • 2002 – 2008
    Lecturer at the FU Berlin

  • 2008
    Habilitation (second doctorate qualifying for professorship) from the FU Berlin

  • Since 2008
    Privatdozent (Private lecturer) in Egyptology at the FU Berlin

Selected publications

  • Der Himmel über Esna. Eine Fallstudie zur Religiösen Astronomie in Ägypten am Beispiel der kosmologischen Decken- und Architravinschriften im Tempel von Esna, Ägyptologische Abhandlungen 64, Wiesbaden 2000

  • Grundriß des Laufes der Sterne. Das sogenannte Nutbuch, The Carlsberg Papyri 8, Carsten Niebuhr Institute Publications 31, Kopenhagen 2007

  • Seth ist im Recht, Osiris ist im Unrecht! Sethkultorte und ihre Version des Osiris-Mythos, Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 133, 2006, S. 141-150

  • Wie töricht war Horapollo? Die Ausdeutung von Schriftzeichen im Alten Ägypten, in: C. Leitz/D. von Recklinghausen/H. Knuf (Hg.), Honi soit qui mal y pense. Studien zum pharaonischen, griechisch-römischen und spätantiken Ägypten zu Ehren von Heinz-Josef Thissen, Orientalia Lovaniensi Analecta 194, Leuven 2010, S. 567-574

  • Das Verhältnis zwischen Tempel und Grab im griechisch-römischen Ägypten, Revue d'Égyptologie 61, 2010, 91-106, Planche II-IV

  • 'Where there is dirt, there is system'. Zur Ambiguität der Bewertung von körperlichen Ausscheidungen in der ägyptischen Kultur, Studien zur altägyptischen Kultur 40, 2011, 287-300

  • Book of the Dead, Book of the Living. BD Spells as Temple Texts, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 98, 2012, 249-267

  • Asychis or Sasychis, that is the Question, in: K. Geus/E. Irwin/Th. Poiss, Herodots Wege des Erzählens. Logos und Topos in den Historien, Zivilisationen & Geschichte 22, Frankfurt 2013, 323-332

  • Von Göttern und Gesteinen. Zur Interpretation dreier bemerkenswerter Kultobjekte im Tempel von Tôd, Zeitschrift für ägyptische Sprache und Altertumskunde 140, 2013, 24-34, Tafel XIV

  • Darstellungen von Götterstatuen als Dekor in Krypten und Sanktuaren, in: H. Beinlich, 9. Ägyptologische Tempeltagung: Kultabbildung und Kultrealität, Königtum, Staat und Gesellschaft 3,4, Wiesbaden 2013, 203-226



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Demotic Summer School 2006 at Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany, with funding provided by Fritz Thyssen Foundation

  • Myth and Morality – Divine transgression of norms in Ancient Egypt

  • Cultural History of Ancient Egyptian Music

  • A Ritual for Sobek of Krokodilopolis

  • The canon of Religious Sciences in Ancient Egypt

  • The non-funerary origins of selected spells from the Coffin Texts

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Festschrift Committee for the 125th anniversary of Leibniz Gymnasium in St. Ingbert, Germany, 1993 – 1995

  • Expert reviewer for the Egyptological contributions within the International Study Group on Music Archaeology, since 2004

  • Deputy representative of the teaching staff for the Department of History and Cultural Studies on the departmental council at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany, 2005 – 2007

  • Representative of the teaching staff on the directorate for Academic Unit 3 (Ancient Studies) in the Department of History and Cultural Studies at the FU Berlin, 2005 – 2008

  • Representative of the teaching staff on the appointments committee for the W2/W3 professorship in Egyptology (to succeed Prof. Dr. J. Osing) at the FU Berlin, 2006 – 2008

  • Selected member of the Editorial Advisory Board to a series on the history of ancient sciences: 'Science, Technology and Medicine in Ancient Civilizations' (de Gruyter, Berlin), since 2012

  • Project Head for Sources in Egyptian, 'Early Knowledge of the Heavens: A Digital Library for Mediterranean, Near Eastern, and South Asian Contexts' (EKOH), since 2013

Media coverage

Additional qualifications

  • Participated in preparing the exhibition 'Egypt and the Greco-Roman World' (25th Nov. 2005-26th Feb. 2006) at the Städtische Galerie Liebieghaus (municipal sculpture collection), Frankfurt am Main


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • My colleagues and students would be the best judges of this.


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