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Dr Silvia Zago BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer in Egyptology Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology


Personal Statement

Silvia Zago is Lecturer in Egyptology in the Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology of the University of Liverpool, which she joined in 2019. In September 2022, she also took up the position of Coordinator of the Liverpool Schools Classics Project. She holds a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (Egyptology) from the University of Toronto, where she taught courses on ancient Egyptian history, culture, and language for several years. She moreover holds an MA in Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East (Egyptology) from the University of Pisa (Italy) and a BA in Heritage Studies (Near Eastern Archaeology) from Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy). She was appointed Member of the Royal Historical Society in 2021, and as of 2022 she is Visiting Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Civilisation and Knowledge of the University of Pisa (Italy).

Her research focuses on ancient Egyptian religion and afterlife texts, and in particular the evolution of notions of the otherworld over time, on which she recently published a monograph (A Journey through the Beyond: The Development of the Concept of Duat and Related Cosmological Notions in Egyptian Funerary Literature, 2022). Her work encompasses magic and ritual practices and the conceptualisation and use of sacred landscapes in ancient Egypt. She is moreover interested in exploring cross-cultural interconnections and transmission of knowledge between the Egyptian world and contemporary societies of the ancient Mediterranean basin, in particular during the Graeco-Roman period.