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Research interests

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.

 

In September 2022 I will take on the role of lecturer in Ancient History in the department of Classics & Ancient History, teaching the following modules:

 

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

 

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, Phoenician and Classical Arabic.

 

I have been a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant for the following modules:

 

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

 

I am currently in the process of organising an interdisciplinary conference in colloboration with the British School at Rome and the Norwegian Institute in Rome. The conference will be titled 'Cross-Cultural Contact Between Egypt and the Roman Empire', to be held in Rome in April 2023.

 

Together with Dr Lindsey Askin in the Department of Religion & Theology, I am arranging a conference titled 'Alpha, Aleph, and AI: Languages of the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East', to be held at the University of Bristol in June 2023; this conference will focus on applications of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Humanities for languages and textual criticism.

 

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 a list of upcoming events, 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. 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

  • 2018. The Christians of Terenouthis: A Modern Myth. Göttinger Miszellen Vol. 256: 107-14
  • 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
  • 2020. Egyptian Fairy Tales. Emotions in Antiquity and Ancient Egypt (edited by Marina Prusac-Lindhagen): 77–83
  • 2022. Ancient Astronauts and Sumerian Aliens: The Fourth Kind as a Pseudo-Archaeological Narrative. Rosetta Vol. 27: 1-23
  • 2022 (forthcoming). Aleister Crowley’s Egypt: the Stele of Revealing. Alternative Egyptology: Papers in Honour of Willem van Haarlem (edited by Ben van den Brecken)

 

Conference presentations

  • 2019. ‘The necropolis of Roman Terenouthis and its role in constructing and maintaining local identities’. 29th Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (University of Kent)
  • 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)
  • 2021. ‘Aleister Crowley’s Egypt: the Stele of Revealing’. Alternative Egyptology (Allard Pierson Museum)
  • 2021. 'Dining with the Dead: the Totenmahl in Roman Egypt'. Current Research in Egyptology (University of the Aegean)
  • 2022. 'The Curse of Tutankhamun: Assassin's Creed Origins'. Performing Tutankhamun: One Hundred Years of Retellings (University of Birmingham)

Keywords

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

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