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Research interests

In 2022/23 I was unit director for the following units:

 

  • Approaches to Roman History
  • Historical Survey: Ancient Rome
  • Material Remains of the Past

 

 
 

I have previously been a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for the following units:

 

  • Historical Survey: Ancient Rome
  • Historical Survey: Ancient Greece
  • Approaches to Greek History
  • The Hellenistic World
  • The Persians

 

My PhD research, supervised by Dr Shelley Hales and Dr Silke Knippschild, centres on Egyptian funerary stelae from the Roman period, using the site of Terenouthis/Kom Abou Billou as a case study. I am exploring how the inscriptions and iconography are used to construct and express the social identity of the deceased, with particular focus on gender, religious identity and ethnic identity; I am also investigating the effects of linguistic interference from the Egyptian language on the Greek language in Terenouthis.

 

I have previously completed a BA and MA in Egyptology at the University of Liverpool, where I specialised in the ancient Egyptian language and literary texts. My BA thesis investigated the concept of divine kingship in didactic literature from the Middle Kingdom period. My MA thesis, supervised by Dr Roland Enmarch and Prof Christopher Eyre, focused on the themes and motifs in the Late Egyptian literary text 'Tale of Two Brothers'.

 

My research interests are diverse and include ancient Egyptian language and literature, cross-cultural contact in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, language contact in the eastern Mediterranean and Near East, Hellenism and Greek language in Egypt and the Near East, comparative Semitic philology, religion in ancient Egypt and the Mediterranean, Coptic language and literature, early Christianity, the reception of ancient Egypt and archaeology in modern visual media, and the reception of ancient Egypt in 19th and 20th century spirituality and religious movements.

 

My linguistic competence is broad and includes Egyptian hieroglyphs, Coptic, Classical Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic, Phoenician and Classical Arabic.

 

In addition to my academic research I am actively involved in the outreach programmes Access to Bristol and Classics for All, delivering workshops to schools in the South on a wide range of topics related to the study of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. I also regularly teach courses in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics and give public lectures on a range of topics related to Egyptology and ancient history. For upcoming events and to sign up for my mailing list, please visit https://mmkingevents.weebly.com.

 

I am on the board of the Friends of the Petrie Museum, UCL as Secretary-Treasurer. In addition to this role I am also on the judging panel for the category Classical Studies and Archaeology of the Global Undergraduate Awards, an academic awards programme which aims to connect undergraduate students across national borders and academic disciplines.

 

I have previously acted as an external consultant and co-author of the exhibition catalogue to the exhibition 'Emotions in Antiquity and Ancient Egypt' at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, opening in March 2020. 

 

I am the co-editor of the forthcoming book 'The Cult of Tutankhamun', focusing on the modern reception of Tutankhamun since the discovery of his tomb in 1922; this volume will be published by American University in Cairo Press. I am also in the process of creating an anthology of ancient Egyptian literary texts translated into my native language Norwegian, with the aim of making these texts available to a wide non-specialist audience in Norway for the first time.

 

Publications

  • 2023 (forthcoming). Pauline Gedge’s Hatshepsut: Child of the Morning. Current Perspectives on Egyptology and Popular Culture (Archaeopress, edited by Abraham I. F. Pichel)
  • 2023 (forthcoming). Towards a Pedagogy of Egyptian Hieroglyphs. Cahiers du Centre de Linguistique et des Sciences du Langage (special edition)
  • 2023 (forthcoming). Aleister Crowley’s Egypt: the Stele of Revealing. Alternative Egyptology: Critical Essays on the Relation between Academic and Alternative Interpretations of Ancient Egypt (Sidestone Press, edited by Ben van den Brecken)
  • 2022. Ancient Astronauts and Sumerian Aliens: The Fourth Kind as a Pseudo-Archaeological Narrative. Rosetta Vol. 27: 1-23
  • 2020. Egyptian Fairy Tales. Emotions in Antiquity and Ancient Egypt (edited by Marina Prusac-Lindhagen): 77–83
  • 2019. A Biblical Prophecy and the Armour of Horus: The Myth of Horus and Seth in Tomb Raider The Last Revelation. Journal of History and Cultures Vol. 10: The Reception of Ancient Egypt. Interdisciplinary Readings of Egypt’s Myth and Magic: 143–64
  • 2018. The Christians of Terenouthis: A Modern Myth. Göttinger Miszellen Vol. 256: 107-14

 

Conference organisation

  • 'Alpha, Aleph, and AI: Languages of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East', 14 and 15 June 2023, hosted by the University of Bristol
  • 'Cross-Cultural Contact Between Egypt and the Roman Empire', 13 and 14 April 2023; hosted by the American University in Rome and the Norwegian Institute in Rome

 

Conference, seminar and workshop presentations

  • 2023. 'Digital software as a pedagogical aid in teaching ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs'. Workshop: Developments in Ancient Language Pedagogy (University of Reading) 
  • 2023. 'The Commemoration of Children in Roman Terenouthis'. Cross-Cultural Contact Between Egypt and the Roman Empire (American University in Rome & the Norwegian Institute in Rome)
  • 2022. 'Teaching Egyptian hieroglyphs to Anglophone students in a non-university setting'. Language Pedagogy of Modern and Ancient Languages of Asia (Free University of Berlin)
  • 2022. 'The Curse of Tutankhamun: Assassin's Creed Origins'. Performing Tutankhamun: One Hundred Years of Retellings (University of Birmingham) - available to view at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5TjiPIpilP9w6wI1FfYi_GMlZzQLZUHa
  • 2022. ‘Onomastic Data from Terenouthis’. Postgraduate research seminar (University of Bristol)
  • 2021. 'Dining with the Dead: the Totenmahl in Roman Egypt'. Current Research in Egyptology (University of the Aegean)
  • 2021. ‘Aleister Crowley’s Egypt: the Stele of Revealing’. Alternative Egyptology (Allard Pierson Museum)
  • 2020. ‘Bilingualism and language transmission in the Western Delta during Late Antiquity’. 1st Annual South West & Wales Late Antique, Early Medieval & Byzantine Network Colloquium: Identity and Identification, 300 C.E.–1200 C.E. (University of Cardiff)
  • 2019. ‘Social identity as constructed and expressed on Egyptian funerary stelae from Terenouthis’. Postgraduate research seminar (University of Bristol)
  • 2019. ‘The necropolis of Roman Terenouthis and its role in constructing and maintaining local identities’. 29th Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (University of Kent)

Keywords

  • Egyptology, Coptic, Greek, Latin, Roman, funerary, gender, ethnicity

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