Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology


I was born and grew up in the region of Flanders in Belgium. I studied ancient Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern languages and civilizations at—in chronological order—the Catholic University of Leuven, the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen. In between Jerusalem and Tübingen, I served for eight months in the Belgian military, some in (West) Germany, and rounded off that year by working and living at a Benedictine abbey in Bruges. From 1985 to 1990, I did my doctoral studies at Yale, where I also taught as a Senior Lector in Coptic and Syriac (1989–1991). I have authored, or co-authored as editor, eleven books and written close to one hundred and forty articles and about forty scholarly reviews on topics relating to ancient and medieval manuscripts, languages, and history, with primary focus on ancient Egyptian civilization. I have been at Brown since 1991.

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