The Classical World in Context: Egypt


For a second year, the Getty Scholars Program at the Villa will focus on relations between the cultures of the classical world and Egypt, which had a crucial, and often reciprocal, impact on cultural trajectories in both spheres from the Bronze Age through the coming of Islam. Priority will be given to research topics that are cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, utilizing a wide range of archaeological, textual, anthropological, and other evidence. This forms the first in a series of research projects that will investigate the ways in which the classical world interacted with the surrounding civilizations of the Mediterranean, Near East, and beyond through trade, warfare, diplomacy, cultural influence, and other forms of contact from the Bronze Age to late antiquity.

Getty Scholars


Martin Bommas is Reader in Egyptology at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. His research focuses on Egyptology, Roman Archaeology, Isis Studies, and memory studies.
Re-membering Egypt: The Art of Creating Nature within Temples of Isis in the Roman World
(September–March)

Olaf E. Kaper is Professor of Egyptology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He specializes in Egyptian religious iconography.
The Kellis Mammisi at the Crossroads Between Egypt and West in the Roman Empire
(April–June)

Martina Minas-Nerpel is Professor of Egyptology in the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University, United Kingdom. Her research concerns Egyptology with an emphasis on the Ptolemaic and Roman periods.
The Ptolemaic Queens in the Egyptian Temples: Intercultural 'Portraits' of Power
(September–March)

Branko Fredde van Oppen de Ruiter is Visiting Scholar and Curator at the Allard Pierson Museum, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His research interests include Hellenistic Egypt, iconography, royal ideology, art history, archaeology, and ancient history.
Ptolemaic Seals from Edfu
(April–June)

Richard Veymiers is Teaching and Research Assistant in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Liège, Belgium, and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow in the Faculty of Archaeology at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a scholar of the cultural history of the Hellenistic and Roman worlds, archaeology of religion in the Greek and roman cities, historical anthropology of images in ancient societies, and the diffusion and reception of the Egyptian gods in the classical world.
Sarapis from Memphis to Rome: A Cultural Biography
(September–December)

Predoctoral Fellows


Stephanie Pearson is Research Associate in the Institut für Archäologie at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.
Collecting Culture: Luxury Goods and Roman Perceptions of Egypt
(September–June)

Bethany L. Simpson is Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Images and Identity: The Contextual Significance of Domestic Paintings in Roman Egypt
(September–June)

Guest Scholar


Manfred Bietak is Professor Emeritus of Egyptology at the University of Vienna, and Principal Investigator for the ERC Advanced Grant project "The Hyksos Enigma," based at the Institut für Orientalische und Europäische Archäologie at the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften. His research focuses on the archaeology and history of Egypt and Nubia, and of the Levant and Cyprus in the Bronze Age.
The Hyksos Enigma
(January–March)


2016-2017 Scholar Year Poster: The Classical World in Context: Egypt

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