Leonard H. Lesko Charles Edwin Wilbour Professor Emeritus of Egyptology, Professor Emeritus of Egyptology

Professor Leonard Lesko received his Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts in Classics from Loyola University, Chicago in 1961 and 1964, respectively. He then received his Doctor of Philosophy in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations - Egyptology from the University of Chicago in 1969. From 1964 to 1965, Professor Lesko served as Research Assistant - Egyptologist Epigrapher with Epigraphic Survey of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in Luxor, Egypt. From 1966 until 1982, he held positions as Acting Instructor, Acting Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor of Egyptology for the Department of Near Eastern Studies of the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1982, Leonard Lesko has held the position of Wilbour Professor at Brown University.

scholarly work

"Some Further Thoughts on Chapter 162 of the Book of the Dead," in Gold of Praise: Studies on Ancient Egypt in Honor of Edward F. Wente. ed. by Emily Teeter and John A. Larson, Chicago, 1999.

"Some Further Thoughts on Chapter 162 of the Book of the Dead," in Gold of Praise: Studies on Ancient Egypt in Honor of Edward F. Wente. ed. by Emily Teeter and John A. Larson, Chicago, 1999.

"Women in Middle Egyptian Wisdom Literature," in Ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Studies in Memory of William A. Ward, ed. by L. H. Lesko, Providence, 1998. pp. 163-171.

Ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Studies in Memory of William A. Ward, Providence, 1998. (editor and co-author)

"Women in Middle Egyptian Wisdom Literature," in Ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Studies in Memory of William A. Ward, ed. by L. H. Lesko, Providence, 1998. pp. 163-171.

Exodus: The Egyptian Evidence, Winona Lake, IN, 1997. (co-editor with E. S. Frerichs)

"Egyptian Wine Production in the New Kingdom," in The Origins and Ancient History of Wine, ed. by Patrick McGovern et al, New York, 1995.

"Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egyptian Thought," in Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, ed. by Jack Sasson, New York, 1995.

"Egyptian Wine Production in the New Kingdom," in The Origins and Ancient History of Wine, ed. by Patrick McGovern et al, New York, 1995.

"Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egyptian Thought," in Civilizations of the Ancient Near East, ed. by Jack Sasson, New York, 1995.

"Some Remarks on the Books of the Dead Composed for the High Priests Pinedjem I and II" in For his Ka: Essays Offered in Memory of Klaus Baer. ed. by David Silverman, Chicago, 1994.

Pharaoh's Workers, Ithaca, 1994. (editor and co-author)

"Some Remarks on the Books of the Dead Composed for the High Priests Pinedjem I and II" in For his Ka: Essays Offered in Memory of Klaus Baer. ed. by David Silverman, Chicago, 1994.

Pharaoh's Workers, Ithaca, 1994. (editor and co-author)

Religion in Ancient Egypt, Ithaca, 1991, ed. By B. Shafer. (co-author)

Egyptological Studies in Honor of Richard A. Parker, Hanover, 1986. (editor)

A Dictionary of Late Egyptian, 5 vols. Berkeley and Providence, 1982-1990.

Index of the Spells on Egyptian Middle Kingdom Coffins, Berkeley, 1979.

King Tut's Wine Cellar, Berkeley, 1977.

King Tut's Wine Cellar, Berkeley, 1977.

Glossary of the Late Ramesside Letters, Berkeley, 1975.

The Ancient Egyptian Book of Two Ways, Berkeley, 1972.

research overview

Professor Lesko has taught all stages of the Egyptian language (Old, Middle, and Late Egyptian, Demotic and Coptic) as well as lecture courses in literature, religion, and history. His research interests have included Coffin Texts (on-going), Book of the Dead (more recent), literature (current), lexicography, oenology, Deir el-Medina. In 1995 he co-directed an NEH Humanities Institute on "The Image and Reality of Women in Ancient Near Eastern Societies."