Robert Simpson


Griffith Egyptological Fund Research Fellow

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Research Interests:

My main interests lie in the origins and development of the ancient Egyptian language, its relations with cognate (especially the Semitic) languages, and the investigation and comparison of the detailed structure of its various stages; my main concentration has mostly been on its latest stages, Demotic and Coptic, i.e. from the 7th century BC to the 13th century AD.

Current Projects:

  • transcribing and editing MSS in the Griffith Institute archive: on nominal sentences, by Battiscombe Gunn (former professor of Egyptology)

Courses Taught:

  • Middle Egyptian (all levels)
  • Old Egyptian
  • others as required

Recent Publications:

  • 32 articles (16 revisions, 16 new) on Egyptologists and other orientalists for The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)
  • (Edited:) Battiscombe Gunn, Studies in Egyptian Syntax, 2nd (expanded) edn (Griffith Institute, Oxford, 2012)
  • 'Early evidence bearing on two puzzles in hieroglyphic writing', Decorum and Experience: essays in ancient culture for John Baines, ed. Elizabeth Frood and Angela McDonald (Griffith Institute, Oxford, 2013)
  • 'Retrograde writing in ancient Egyptian inscriptions', Illuminating Osiris: Egyptological studies in honor of Mark Smith, ed. Richard Jasnow and Ghislaine Widmer (Lockwood Press, Atlanta, Georgia, 2017)

Further Info:

Also occupied with proofreading and editing in Egyptology and other subjects

Photograph of Robert Simpson