Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project


The Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project organized and coordinated by Kasia Szpakowska (Swansea University, Wales), Rita Lucarelli (Bonn University, Germany) and Panagiotis Kousoulis (University of the Aegean, Greece), with the collaboration of distinguished scholars from eight institutions. The aim of this ambitious, trandisciplinary research project is to study certain lexical, iconographical and chronological criteria for the formation of a category or categories of beings that could be mapped together and systemized to become a “demonology” within the cultural framework of Ancient Egypt. The time span covered is large (from the Old Kingdom through the Roman Period, roughly 3000 BC-AD 400) as are the source materials.

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Egyptian magic and the afterlife in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens

This international research project is organized and coordinated by Eleni Tourna (Curator of the Egyptian Collections, National Archaeological Museum of Athens) and Panagiotis Kousoulis (University of the Aegean) and aims at a thorough examination and analysis of the Egyptian magical ideology and practices through the complete study and publication of all relevant objects from the Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. The first monograph of the project examines aspects of apotropaic and prophylactic magic in the afterlife with a special focus on the Twenty first Dynasty yellow coffins from Bab el Gasus.






Horus cippi project

Study and publication of the eight Horus cippi from the Egyptian Collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens: inv. nos. 312, 313, 374, 3360, 7181, 2646, 1019 and 41. The project aims at a thorough typological, contextual and literary analysis of the objects and a re-evaluation of the magical-apotropaic function and role.







The Aegyptiaca Project: Ecumene and Economy in the Horizon of Religion

The Aegyptiaca Project (AeP): Ecumene and Economy in the Horizon of Religion was inaugurated in 2006 as an International Collaborative Project of the University of the Aegean and the University of Bonn. The Project focused on the Rhodian Aegyptiaca, the Egyptian and egyptianised donations from the archaic Rhodian sanctuaries, and their economic and socio-political implications. Since then, the Project has been further expanded to study and re-evaluate all religious and social semantics of the Egyptian presence in the Early Iron Age Greece and the eastern Mediterranean.

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Heracletus II 

Investing in knowledge society through the European Social Fund funded by the European Union (European Social Fund – ESF) and Greek national funds through the Operational Program “Education and Lifelong Learning” of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF). Project title: “Hybrid demonic entities in Egypt and the Aegean during the 7th and 6th c. BC” (PhD canditate: Ms. Hlectra Apostola)




The Project aimed at the development of the research cooperation among scholars in the University of the Aegean and was co-funded by the European Social Fund (75%) and National Resources (25%) – (EPEAEK II) PYTHAGORAS.

Project title: “Egypt-Greece in Antiquity: a historical and archaeological survey with the aid of natural sciences”.

Part of the Project was the Helwan Archaeological Survey and Mapping Expedition, which was organised and coordinated by Panagiotis Kousoulis (University of the Aegean, Rhodes) and the Supreme Council of Antiquities from 2005 to 2007. The aim of the project was the survey and digital mapping of momuments in the Helwan region.